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Haiti was once one of the wealthiest colonies in the Americas. It was the first independent black republic in the world. It is now one of the poorest countries in the world with an annual per capita income of $719.00.

La Gonave

La Gonave is an island WNW of Port-au-Prince.The island suffers from a lack of water resources. Recent international efforts have drilled deep water wells to mitigate this and to prevent cholera and other water borne diseases.

Derreire Marc

Pronounced Denye Mak in Haitian creole, Derreire Marc is a small community on La Gonave. There are few vehicles there except for motor-bikes. There are no paved roads, electricity, or running water.


Donkeys are the little trucks of La Gonave carrying water, passengers, and supplies. They typically carry 160 pounds of water several times per week. This too much of a load for a 250 pound animal!

Who are we?

1Starfish is a 501c non-profit that provides veterinary and animal husbandry assistance to the community of Derriere Marc (Denye Mak)
and surrounding areas of La Gonave, Haiti. We do this by visiting the island yearly with wound care supplies, medications
and vaccines. We work with the local veterinary agents and farmers providing health clinics and education.
We also work with local educators providing school supplies, money and construction help.

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Upcoming Activities, Late Summer & Fall 2019

Thanks to ALL who participated in the EMPTY ICE CREAM BOWL Fund Raiser on Sunday, Sept 8th. You made it a great success!

Picking grapes at Colter Creek is one of our most important and successful fund raisers. Team LaGonave made about $1200.00 picking grapes in 2018
Our date to pick this year is NOW OFFICIALLY set for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th at 7AM - weather permitting.
We need AT LEAST 20 people (adults mostly - 20-40 folks is good) and we need to meet in Julietta at 7:00AM. We can arrange
carpooling to/from Moscow like we did last year. Contact Nancy via email at: teamlagonave@1starfish.org
Please - we need a strong commitment and be prepared for the weather. Bring water, snacks, garden gloves,
and sun protection along with appropriate clothing. There are yellow jackets, wasps, bees, etc. - prepare accordingly
DON'T FORGET - Colter Creek serves us a nice lunch at the end of picking - well worth it just for that!

DONATIONS UPDATE 8/31/19 - REMEMBER - You can contribute now to these good works via our Facebook page: 1Starfish Facebook Page

The webpage DONATE button is stalled due to technical difficulties (and web master distractions). We still plan to undergo
testing soon and make this active. Thanks (once more) for your patience while we work this out.
Also, for those of you who prefer the old fashion method, you can send a check via mail to: 1Starfish, PO Box 9441, Moscow, ID 83843.

Be sure to come back and visit this page for updates and new events.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please send an email to: teamlagonave@1starfish.org


Pictures from recent trips to Haiti.

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Ongoing projects in Haiti.

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Donkey vaccination More
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Denye Mak school More
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Oral histories. More

Contact us

If you would like to know more about 1Starfish, get updates on our projects, or join us in fund-raising please contact us.
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