Small Parish of Decostiere is in a rural area beginning about 1 hour from Gors Morne and 2 hours from the large town of Gonaives via which there are no good roads.
The pastoral leaders of this parish work extensively in these communities to increase the community’s responsibility for nurturing of faith and activity to address local needs. This network of community groups and liturgical committees have the responsibility to have the Celebration of the Word when the priests are not there to give Mass, provide catechism and prepare the people for the sacraments. In many of these areas the priest can only reach them to give Mass once a month. These groups work closely with other faith groups and civic groups to address the critical issues of hunger and drought that often plague the area, as well as destructive flooding during peak rainy season.
For work the people of the parish must do whatever is available. Men attempt to work in agriculture though the arid terrain makes this very difficult. Women come down from the mountains with heavy loads on their back and on their heads to sit in the sun to try to sell along the road to Port-au-Prince for at least $2 or $3.
This are is fortunate to have the dispensaries run by the sisters and a large community base with which to spread education on prevention and nutrition. However, they often lack adequate supplies with which to treat the people. Just this year a flu season left many in the community suffering from symptoms for many weeks. They have requested assistance with simple cough medicine and other fever relievers for children adults to keep their symptoms from worsening and creating other health problems in the future.