The Notre Dame Bakery (Boulangerie Notre Dame) in Les Cayes, Haiti - long-supported by the benefactors of the Ohio Province - has been declared as an essential business by the Haitian government during the ongoing COVID crisis. As such, the bakery is continuing to provide essential foodstuffs for the 126,000 people in Les Cayes and those in surrounding communities.
Both employees of the bakery and its contracted sellers have been trained by NGOs in best practices to avoid contact and the spread of the virus. Employees working within the bakery, and sellers working on neighboring streets, are wearing face masks and gloves and practicing social distancing as much as possible. The bakery is producing between 1,600 and 1,800 bags of bread each day, the most ever, and selling in neighborhoods farther from its location.
Ohio Province donors purchased the oven for the bakery in 2015, helped with repairs after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and have contributed ongoing operating support. The bakery employs 18 inside workers and contracts with 35 sellers, providing job skills and a path out of poverty.
Source: Cross Currents Magazine, Summer 2020