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1HAITI How can You Make a Difference ? ReverendFernande S. Pierre-Louis
2Haiti Official Name: Republic of Haiti Location: the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the West Indies in the Caribbean SeaArea: 27,750km2 / 10,712m2Population: 10 million (pre-2009 estimate)80% of Haitians live in povertyCapital: Port-au-PrinceChief Towns: Port-de-Paix, Cap-Haïtien, Gonaïves, Les Cayes, Jacmel, Jérémie, Hinche, Frt-LibertéCurrency: 1 Gourde (G, Gde)Languages: French, CreoleHaiti is mainly Creole, but 1 out of every 10 Haitians speak FrenchClimate Tropical maritimeAverage monthly temperatures 240 C – 290 C (800 F and 900F)Wet Season: May – September Hurricanes are common
4Haiti HistoryThe First recorded settlements in the islands date from 2500 BCEThe Tainos from Venezuela arrive on the island 700 CEHispaniola “discovered”by Christopher Columbus in 1492 when he arrives in the “New World”The first Africans were brought to Hispaniola in 1503There is almost complete Decimation of the Taino population byFrance took over western third of the island in 1697 and with an intense slave labor, Haiti was considered between 1697 – 1790 as the “King Sugar” and “The Pearl of the Antilles”The “Slave” rebellions begin around 1751Historians report that in 1778 the “Volontaires de Saint-Domingue” fight in the American revolutionary War, in Savannah, Georgia.Haitian Revolution, the only successful slave revolution in the New WorldPeople of color (mulattoes) had joined the slave rebellions
5Haiti History 1804 Haitian Independence declared Haiti had an Emperor until 1806 then it became a RepublicHaiti was united with Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)Haiti under US occupation1957 – 1986 Haiti under absolute power of Duvalier family1990 – 2010Jean-Bertrand Aristide, René Préval elected president but violence, political unstability, division continue to afflict the impoverished nationJanuary 12th, Catastrophic earthquake killed more than people and plunged the country in more chaos and more poverty
6HaitiGovernmentPresident elected by popular vote for a five-year termPrime Minister appointed by the PresidentCabinet chosen by the Prime Minister in consultation with the PresidentWe have a president named Michel Martelly.The type of government is a Republic.
7HaitiEconomyHaiti is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the hemisphere, and one of the poorest in the worldEconomy has historically been mostly based on agriculture but the recent struggle have seriously handicapped this sector as wellMany plantations that grew coffee, sugar, sisal, rice, bananas, corn, sorghum, cocoa, mangoes have disappeared !Other industries included in the past flour milling, cement, light assembly industries, lobster fishing, tourism are also struggling !This is because they do not have good arable land and other human resources and also because people say that corruption has been widespread !
8HaitiPovertyEven before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti was recognised as the poorest country in the AmericasThe poverty wosened and an outbreak of CHOLERA last year made the situation mnore complicated50% of the population are illiterateMany people live in slumsMany children are forced into slavery, working as unpaid servantsHaiti survives essentially on Foreign Aid!
9Haiti ReligionSome Haitians practice vodoo but the official religion of the country is Roman CatholicThe Episcopal church was introduced in Haiti by the Right Rev. Bishop James Theodore Holly In 1861.Today it works under the guidance of the Bishop of Haiti, The Right Rev. Bishop Jean Zache DuracinTheir contribution to Haiti through the years has been enormous in diverse sectors: education, art , health …
10Haiti Episcopal Church The Executive Council formed by the archdeacons, the chairmen of the different diocesan permanent and especial comities lay person and the Directors of the diocesan institutions help take decisions and ensure the respect of the resolutions taken during diocesan Synod.Each parish or organized mission is under the supervision of the priest in charge nominated by the Bishop of the diocese. The Chapter of the church helps the priest in charge in his work and the administrative duties.Almost all the organized missions have many associations in order to have active members who engage themselves in the mission , because everyone has to practice his or her ministry: Women, men, youth, children, scout, acolyte, choirs, almost all the churches have parish choir, children choir, parents choir, women choir , men choir, children choir , teachers of Sunday school…The important diocesan institution are: Seminary of Theology, Holy Trinity School, Holy Trinity Music, BTI, School, Holy Trinity Trade School, College St Pierre, CEDISEC, College St Martin de Tours, Hopital Sainte Croix, Centre de Saint Barnabas,…
12HaitiEarthquakeJanuary 12th 2010 an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale strikes Haiti and devastates the capital Port-au-Prince as well as other townsMore than 250,000 people believed to have been killed3 million people affected by the earthquake
13Earthquake horrorEarthly treasure becomes true treasure when it helps transform lives through the Gospel of Jesus-Christ
14PEOPLE ARE THE HEART OF EVERYTHING The world, the USA, YOU responded with extraordinary generosity and compassionThe international community collected funds which have yet to be utilized due to political unrestThe earthquake may be more than 2 years old but the problems persistThe level of desperation is so deep that many families have simply decided that education is simply not worth itWe still need help
15How can you make a Difference? Everywhere there is something to do for people who need help.
16After the earthquakeIn April 2010, after the earthquake, we kept working with faith and courage by the grace of God, your support and despite the non-ideal conditionsThe conditions are difficult (no reliable electricity, no cafeteria, no library, no computer, no lab, no food for the students, lack of space crowded class room with 75 to 80 children)The earthquake destroyed all the infrastructures that we had for the canteen program (cafeteria, tables, and kitchen).During the months of August and September 2010 (academic year ), we added seven new classrooms including additional space to serve as temporary lab and library and a new space for Kindergarten.we are trying not to abandon the children.We can’t give up, we have to accomplish our mission, God’s mission.
17Matthew 25, 33-40“I was hungry, you gave me food, thirsty you gave me water, I was a stranger you welcomed me at your home, I was naked and you clothed me, I was in prison, you visited me, I was sick, you took care of me. They asked, when did we make all these things for you? And the king answered and declared: Every time you did it for the little who is my brother / sister, you did it for me.”In the context of the world or Haiti, we can make a difference.The love of God is expressed through the mission and ministries of the partnership program in a variety ways, ministries of Education, healthcare, agriculture, music, micro enterprise, nutrition, food, sharing the joy of Christ and the story of the love of God. Partnership is about building relationship.We can do many wonderful things together in Christ’s name.All that we do, and all that we are, by the grace of God grow out of our inspired hearts which move us to serve.
18Making a Difference…Changing and transforming people especially the children and the youth.We can make a difference with our participation in the education of the children, because education is after food for survival, the most precious asset of a creature of GodWhen we participate in the education of the children, knowing that qualified education means a factor of progress, we can try to say we have tried to answer partially at our missionWe can make a difference by feeding a hungry childIt is a fact that if you don’t eat, you cannot learn.We can make a difference by giving shelterMaking difference in proclaiming, sharing and living the gospel of Jesus Christ in words, in gestures and actions of LoveYOU ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE !
19Making a Difference… Building a partnership Partnership or companionship is only possible between parties which respect each other, while maintaining their individual identitiesIn companionship there is no thought of one eclipsing the other’s identity.Companionship accepts and celebrates the difference and the particularity between the parties.An agreed vision is essentialCompanions or partners must stay faithful to one another.Companionship is built on mutual trust and faithful commitment to one and other.Trust is the bedrock of any relationship. It takes time to build and can be broken in an instant.In my opinion, loyalty and honesty create confidence which reinforces trust.Financial transparency and making decision together are very important .Maintaining partnership, because partnership is about relationship and is ongoing and needs careful nurturing.. Without it, partnership would not make sense.-Mutually beneficial and not one sided affair. Partnership/ companionship/Relationship is not one party does all giving and the other all receiving
20A Partnership ProgramIt serves Haitians and North Americans by giving them a system through which they can work in confidence, trust, good accountability, and transparency.The love of God is expressed through the mission and ministries of the Partnership Program in a variety of ways: ministries of education, healthcare, agriculture, micro enterprise, nutrition, food and clothing, sharing the joy of Christ, and the Story of the love of God.Many ways emerge through which we can accomplish God’s work in Haiti.
21Missions in the diocese of Haiti There are many churches or organized Missions in the diocese of HaitiUrban churchesSte Croix, (Léogane), Holy Spirit (Cap Haitien), Saint-Sauveur (Cayes), St Bazile (Gonaives), Resurection (Gros Morne), St Innocents (Port de Paix), St-Thomas (Arcahaie), St Andre (Hinche), St Simeon (Croix des Bouquets), St Martin (Delmas), Ascension (Thor), St Pierre (Mirebalais)…Churches in rural area but strong in structures and from the demographic point of viewThe stations
22List of organized missions of Haitian Diocese Epiphanie L’AculSaint Paul MontrouisSt Marc JeannetteSte Croix TaiferAscension Thor le VolantNotre Dame de l’Annonce è Avenue BolosseEglise St- Michel Petit Orangers, LéoganeSt André Mithon, LéoganeSt pierre gros- Morne, LéoganeAnnonciation DarbonneSaint Timothée Château- GaillardSaint-Simon et St- Jude Platon BalaiSaint Francoises D’Assise Anse-à-GaletsSaint Barthelemy Nan mangoSaint Esprit Gros-ManglesSaint Barnabas LotoréSaints Innocents TicoteletteSt Jn Baptiste Plaine MapouSainte Croix Nouvelle citéSts philippe & Jacques Trou- JacquesSaint jacques Bois BruléSoSt Jean Evangéliste Petit- HarponSt Simon et St Jude DunySt Marc Trouin
23List of organized missions of Haitian Diocese St Etienne LimonadeSt Luc MercerySt Nicolas NicolasSt Joseph d’Arimathée JasminParoisse Ste Croix LéoganeBonne Nouvelle BigonetSaint Mathias DélicesSaint-André CazaleSt Thomas ArcahaieChrist-Roi LégerSt Jean l’evangeliste Jean Dumas St Matthias ThomondeSt Matthias Grand CollineSt Matthieu BeginSt Barthelemy BahotSaint Luc La Bresilienne (Bainet)Saint Cyprien Labiche, Cotes de ferAscension BainetSainte Marie madeleine Bondeau MiragoaneSaint-Paul Chevalier NippesSaint Sacrement Fonds ParisienTransfiguration GormanSt Esprit Cap HaitienNotre Dame MolasSt Siméon Croix des BouquetsSaint Alban Crochu (Bouzi)Saint Marc LilavoisSaint-Andre HincheSaint-Patrick LocorbeSt Luc AsileSt Joseph EmbouchureSt Etienne Buteau
24List of organized missions of Haitian Diocese St Esprit Cap HaitienNotre Dame MolasSt Siméon Croix des BouquetsSaint Alban Crochu (Bouzi)Saint Marc LilavoisSaint-Andre HincheSaint-Patrick LocorbeSt Luc AsileSt Joseph EmbouchureSt Etienne ButeauLes Saints Inocents Port- de paixSaint Aidan Ile de la Tortue)Saint jacques Morne RosetteSaint Martin de Tours DelmasSaint Matthieu Mathieu/LeoganeSte Marguerite LatournelleSaint Jean Baptiste JeanjeanSaint Thomas Dumal/ aux parquesSaint Barthelmy CampanSt Jacques Petit BoucanSaint Augustin Maniche (Cayes)Saint Jean baptiste Savanette (Cayes)Saint Sauveur Cayes
25Stations of Episcopal Church in Haiti and different responsible Priests Rév. P. Accimé MaxSt luc – ossée, Petite rivière de l’ArtiboniteRév. P. Ais Jean NeslyTransfiguration, ChansolmeRév. P. Lozama AbiadeSt. Jacques LindorRév. P. Alexandre SonerRév. P. Auguste PierreBon Berger, DanotRév. P. Beauvoir Jean JonasStation St Patrick, Tom GateauVén. Bernier NoéChrist Roi, Terrier RougeRév. P. Decamps WalinSt. Benoit Mombin CrochuSt. Marc Cerca la SourceN.D Annonciation Boc-BaniqueSt. Luc ThomassiqueSt. Grégoire, La victoireEpipanie, loranetteSt. Thomas, lamessetteConfession St Pierre, pacasseSt Innocent, La BègueRév. P. DejardinsWisnelSt. Jude, ChalonRév. P. Délicat KerwinSt Philippe et St Jacques, CollineSt Marc, BiréRév. P.Déravil Jean JacquesSt. Marc, Bois BlancVén. Désiré FritzSte. Marguerite, MeyerSt. Jean L’Evangéliste, K-ESSSt Joseph d’Arimathée, PilardSt. Jacques, Apôtre, DavidSt Jean baptiste, MoreauNotre Dame, Bois-NeufSt. André, CavanackSt. Barnabé, Lavallé de JacmelSt. Thomas, Lavanna – jacmelSt Paul, Beaudin Jn PierreChrist-Roi Jacmel (Monchel)Transfiguration, marigot – DuvillonSt. Esprit, MarigotSt. Pierre, BeroSt. Etienne, lamotheBonne Nouvelle, Lebeau+ 3 missions
26Stations of Episcopal Church in Haiti and different responsible Priests Vén. Diègue Joseph TancrelRedemption, BelairRév. P. Duveaux IrnelTransfiguration, la CollineSt François D’Assise - CaburetRév. P. Estil ColbertSte Croix JérémieMarie Madeleine de BonbonSt Mathias de Camp PerrinChrist Roi Coline CavaillonSt Esprit, CavaillonVén. Gracia KesnerRév. P. Jean Philippe Jean AlphonseSt. Matthias GracetteSt. Marc, LomordSt. André MaccabéVén. Joseph Jean JeannotSt. Michel,LachapelleSt. André TrianonSt. Marc, CercaSt. Patrick, NordetteSt. Timothée, ChambeauSts. Innocents, BoromainSt. Pilippe et St. Jacques, Petite montagneSt Thomas, ThomasSt. Etienne, MachécanaEpiphanie, DiamondTransfiguration, Petite Rivière de l’ArtiboniteRév. P. Lazard AmiroldSt. Paul, caracolSt. Etienne, SalnadereRév. P. LeonSadoniSt Jean l’Evangeliste, Carrefour feuilleRév. P. LozamaAbiadeRév. P.Michaud jean FruithoChrist-Roi, Grande savanneRév. P. Medela Jean MilorChrist-Roi Lahoye, Transfiguration belladèreRév. P. MenelasFredericRév. P. Phanord Jean BertholSt. Paul, Grand FondRév. P. Quatorze Jean LenordStation St. Paul, (Cher maitre)Station St. Luc, (Figaro)
27Stations of Episcopal Church in Haiti and different responsible Priests Rév. P. St Louis Jean MichelinSt. Matthieu, ChapeteauAscension, BlanchardSt jacques,RogéSt. Paul, Morne ThomondeSts. Innocents, Bel-airSt. ThomasSt. Jean BaptisteSt. JeanTransfigurationBon BergerChrist-RoiSt. LucRév. P. St Louis SamuelChrist Roi, CorailSt. Barnabas, Grand fondSt Agnes, la collineConfession St. Pierre, sainteRév. P. Toussaint Louis RosanasSt Luc, Trou du NordRév. P. Valdema Henry. FritzST Michel Archange ThomazeauRév. P. Jean Mardoché VilSt. Timothée, La revoirSt. Nom de Jésus, VenantIncarnation, SaurelBon Samaritain, Bras de gaucheBon berger, Cavalier (Cotes-de-Fer)St. Philippe et St.Jacques, Petite rivièreSte. Croix, GazouSt. Esprit, Chemin à BœufLa transfiguration, CorpsSt. Jacques, DenardChrist-Roi, MoiseSts. Innocents, bellevueEpiphanie, GandouSt. Thomas, DuteteLa Toussaint, la feuillade
28Our MissionAs Baptized Christian, followers of Christ we have been called by Jesus to continue the mission of God, proclaiming and living the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.“Love each other. The love you share among yourselves, will make me recognize you as my disciples. “ John 13, 34-35Being an engaged Christian does not only mean going to church every Sunday, or pray 24 hours a day. ..But, it is also in all words, gestures and actions expressing the love of Jesus Christ. All that we do has to reflect the image of God in Jesus Christ.This is how can we make a difference.Everywhere there is something to do for someone who need help.
29Examples of successful partnership Many churches or institutions in partnership with the parishes/members of the diocese of Connecticut are successfulHoly Trinity School has many sisters and brothers in Connecticut who help HTSSt Paul Fairfield, Trinity Parish in Wethersfield, St James in Glastonburyscholarship and Canteen ProgramThe program Trinity in motionLibrary for people called by God for priesthood and sisterhood Audio visual lab, Rice and beans-Churches and sisters/brothers in Christ in Hartford and others areas…We are still working together for the students of HTS in confidence and loyalty
30The Rebuilding EffortAfter the earthquake, we kept working with faith and courage by the grace of God, your support and despite the non-ideal conditionsOne class room could have about 75 to 80 children which was at times a concern for the personal safety of the students on the site.We added seven new classrooms including additional space to serve as temporary lab and library and a new space for Kindergarten.We are trying not to abandon the children.We can’t give up, we have to accomplish our mission, God’s mission.
31The Rebuilding EffortWe responded to the immediate needs and built many temporary structuresThe Holy Trinity Cathedral was completely destroyed after the earthquake and the other “sister” churches have collected funds to rebuild it
32Anything you can do can make a difference .THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
33Prayer for the world and Haiti Thank you for the gift of life Thank you for your unconditional loveMay the world live in peace and HarmonyBless everyone and put compassion in our heartMay your children in the world and those of Haiti see beyond their problems and recognize that with your love, there will be a better tomorrow filled with joy, sharing and peace !Amen.