Haiti Partnership

St. Mark’s and St. Andre — Over Twenty Years Together

The Latest from Canon Serena

Long-time St. Mark’s member Canon Serena Evans Beeks, D.Min., is US Coordinator for Haiti Episcopal School Partnerships. Over the past 20 years, whenever political conditions allowed, she has traveled to Haiti, sometimes several times a year. Read her latest posting below about the country, the people, and our paternership with St. Andre in Trinon.

Haiti’s Mango Emergency

Dear Haiti Friends, Courtesy of Cindy Corell, please see the article below forwarded by Cindy Corell.  Cindy worked as a missionary for the Presbyterian Church in Haiti for several years, assisting with agricultural development, particularly with small farmers in...

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U.N. Forces to Haiti?

Dear Haiti Friends, The deployment of Kenyan police to Haiti is just "days away" according to yesterday's NY Times in this disturbing article describing the major gangs as now the principal traffickers of South American cocaine to the US and to Europe:...

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Thanks and Easter wishes

Dear Haiti Friends, It is a pleasure to forward a letter (attached) of thanks and Easter greetings from the Rev. Kesner Gracia, Coordinator of the Partnership Program for the Diocese of Haiti.  Those of you on the mailing list who are not directly involved in school...

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Speak Out to Support Haitians

Dear Haiti Friends, I'm sorry to be a few days behind with information -- I plead the excuse of cataract surgery, second eye completed Wednesday and now in the eyedrops and sunglasses phase.  All successful so far, and I recommend it! Below my signature please...

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Haiti-Leadership Threats

Dear Haiti Friends, Haitian acting president Ariel Henry has relatively few supporters on the grounds of his having been appointed (but never ratified)  and not elected to office; been suspected of complicity in the assassination of the former president, Jovenal...

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Recent Haiti News: it’s not good

Dear Haiti Friends, Conditions continue to deteriorate in Haiti as the gangs move closer to taking over the government.  An attack on the National Prison in Port-au-Prince released 4000 prisoners including notorious gang leaders.  The UN forces are not yet...

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Electrical Class at St. Marc Trouin

Dear Haiti Friends, I want to pass along a report on a successful effort from St. Marc, Trouin, courtesy of Russell Collins.  Trouin is not particularly near trade schools or a university, so years ago the partnership at St. Marc's decided to use the school classrooms...

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Deployment of Police Support to Haiti

Dear Haiti Friends, The U.N. special mission to support the Haitian police force, to be led by Kenya, continues to evolve.  After the Kenyan government agreed to take the lead, a Kenyan court blocked the action, saying that Kenyan police were in short supply and...

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The partnership of St. Mark’s with St. Andre’s Episcopal Church and School in Trianon, Haiti began in 2001. That year, one and then two parishioners began making regular visits, taking with them the offering from the St. Mark’s School’s Christmas Eucharist.

The relationship grew until 2007, when St. Mark’s members were able to make our first group visit. Since then, groups from the church and school have visited annually when conditions in Haiti have permitted.

Students at St. Mark’s School took the lead on such projects as a new four-room classroom building, a water project, and new school uniforms. Support from St. Mark’s pays teachers’ salaries, covers the occasional hot meal, and provides for repairs on the water system—which was damaged in the hurricanes of 2008—and the replacement of the old classroom building, which was damaged in the earthquake of 2010.

St. Andre’s was the first church and school on Haiti’s central plateau established by Bishop James Theodore Holly when he founded the Episcopal Church in Haiti in the early 1860s. Since its founding, St. Andre’s has offered a primary school for the children of local subsistence farmers. In Haiti, only 50% of the children have access to any education at all.

Please pray for the people of St. Andre’s, especially the children. If you can, give your financial support.