The Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project will raffle off a 30-by-24-inch oil painting by Vineyard artist Mark Zeender on Dec. 24. The painting, valued at $2,500, can be seen in the window of the Paper Store on Main and South Water streets in Edgartown. Five other prizes — 100 gallons of fuel from Vineyard Propane, a sunset cruise for two aboard a Black Dog Tall Ship, a silver Vineyard tie bracelet from Moonstone Jewelers, a $75 gift certificate from Jim’s Package Store and a stash of Chilmark Chocolates — will also be raffled off.
Chances may be purchased for $5 each or a book of 10 for $40 at Back Water Trading Company in Edgartown, Vintage Jewelry in Edgartown, Moonstone Jewelers in Vineyard Haven, Jim’s Package Store in Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Chocolates in Chilmark, or by mailing a check made out to Fish Farm Haiti, PO Box 1803, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
Since its inception in 1998 the Fish Farm Haiti project has established five ponds and a hatchery raising Tilapia, a poultry production, vegetable gardens, a school that now has 272 children enrolled, a training school for women and a women’s cooperative. The project is located on two and a half acres outside of Port au Prince on property belonging to the Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate, an indigenous order of Roman Catholic nuns. To learn how you can sponsor a child to attend the Project’s school or how to get involved, go to their website at fishfarmhaiti.org or contact Margaret Pénicaud at 508-693-0368.