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Rosedanie Cadet is a women of Haitian decent who spent her early years in her home country. She now lives and works on Orcas Island. She reconnected with her family in Haiti just before the January 12th earthquake. While there she was both overwhelmed by the needs of the people and inspired to share with them the benefits of her education and life experience. She returned to Orcas the day before the quake with plans to help them increase food production, to help build a tuition-free school, and to create a flexible organization which would enlist local people in improving their lives. She has named that organization Noramise after her grandmother.

The execution of those plans has now become a driving force for her and for the many people in our community and elsewhere. Her family connections in Limbé have given her the opportunity for grassroots help. Her uncle, cousins, and many other members of the extended family are energized and are carrying on the wheels she and the team began. They need our help.

There are four projects currently underway:

1. Development of a municipal solid waste management system.
2. Development of an aquaculture farm for growing tilapia to help remedy the protein-deficient diet.
3. Development of farm and garden sites (some commercial) with the emphasis on Permaculture.
4. The first Orcas-Limbé student exchange to take place 20-30 of June at a summer camp held on the grounds of land in Limbé which has been dedicated for the construction of a tuition-free school.

Each of these projects comes with needs for funding and for expertise. Following is a brief list:

  • Donated air miles.
  • Money for equipment rental, hand tools, respirators, seeds, fish, plant stock, art supplies, sports equipment, and books.
  • A copy of Quickbooks for non-profits.
  • A Saint to lead the way through the process of establishing a non-profit.

Tobias delivering metal grinder  to Youth leader and  iron worker Daniel.

We so often hear about people and countries in need, but we don’t know where or how to begin to help. Noramise gives us the opportunity to participate in projects which will change lives and with which we can have a very direct connection. Please join us in this exciting effort. We will keep you posted every step of the way.

Thank you.
The Noramise Team

This video documents the first visit of the Noramise project to Haiti. The purpose is to document our work and share it with our community who help sponsor Noramise.

Orcas Island relief organization mobilizing for second trip to Haiti

Limbé, Haiti — The town of Limbé sits about 22 kilometers away from Haiti’s northern shore. Though it was far from the January earthquake that devastated the southern regions, the town has experienced a major shake-up in the wake of the quake. Towns like Limbé, with a population of roughly 50,000 people, have seen their populations swell by as much as 30 percent, as the sons and daughters who went to find work in Port-au-Prince now return home. In disaster’s wake, a tenuous balance has been tipped for towns with an already shaky infrastructure. Lack of adequate sanitation, clean water, and food were already issues in Limbé before the quake, and the problems are only compounded now.

But according to Rosedanie Cadet, leader of Orcas Island-based relief organization Helping Hands Noramise, a new Haiti can be born out of the tragedy. Cadet envisions a Haiti where everyone has access to education, proper sanitation, and proper nutrition, and is working to foster that through Helping Hands Noramise.

In February and March 2010, volunteers from Helping Hands Noramise worked with individuals and groups in Limbé, planting gardens, fostering artisan partnerships, and mobilizing townspeople to remove a giant trash pile from their marketplace.

In May 2010, the group will return again to continue nurturing the seeds that were planted in March. Plans are in place to begin building a school in Limbé, and in June, a group of teen volunteers from Orcas Island will go to Haiti to help build it.

Dozens of businesses from Orcas Island have organized fundraisers this month, to continue the work of Helping Hands Noramise:

Monday, April 26th
Madrona Bar and Grill
310 Main St, Eastsound
All proceeds from appetizers.

Tuesday, April 27th
The Kitchen
249 Prune Alley, Eastsound
A percentage of the day’s proceeds.

Tuesday, April 26th – Friday, April 30th
Trés Fabu
238 North Beach Rd, Eastsound
A percentage of week’s proceeds.

Wednesday, April 28th
Straight Shots Espresso
1 Main Street, Eastsound
A percentage of the day’s proceeds.

Inn at Shipbay
326 Olga Rd, Eastsound
open at 5:30 pm
$10 from each diningroom entrée.

Thursday, April 29th
Deer Harbor Inn and Restaurant
78 Inn Lane, Deer Harbor
$25 benefit dinner
5-8 pm
The meal will include a choice of vegetarian lasagna or grilled marinated free range chicken, split pea soup, garden salad, homemade bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Friday, April 30th
Westsound Café at Kingfish Inn
4362 Crow Valley Rd. Westsound
5-8 pm
All proceeds from appetizers and desserts.


For information or interviews, please contact Rosedanie Cadet at, or call (360) 420-1331. Thank you for your interest and support of Helping Hands Noramise!

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