Monday, January 14, 2013

Three Years After Earthquake, Haitians Are Eager to Move Beyond Tent Cities

From Huffington-

But while there is beginning to be small signs of progress, the work has really just begun. The Episcopal Church in Haiti has a long history of mission. For more than 150 years, it has been a leader in education and health services in Haiti. More than 80,000 children receive education and training from the schools associated with the Episcopal Church. The Church has also been a leading provider of health care for Haitians, as it runs three major hospitals and a network of health clinics throughout the country. The Episcopal Church has been working to support its partners in Haiti, and through Episcopal Relief & Development, we are responding to immediate needs for clean water, temporary housing and employment.

As important as responding to these needs for Haitians, so too is the need to support the spiritual and cultural institution of Haitians. Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of these institutions. It was a primary gathering place for Haitians. Institutions affiliated with the Cathedral included a primary and secondary school, a convent and a music school which housed the country's only philharmonic orchestra. Holy Trinity Cathedral had housed what was believed to be the largest organ in the Caribbean and the murals throughout the cathedral depicted African images from the bible created by some of Haiti's most famous artists in the 1950s.

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1 comment:

Singing Rooster Haitian coffee said...


Our approach in Haiti is to support autonomy through economic development via coffee agriculture. We help farmers to improve crops, develop small business management skills and to reserve their own capital (banks in Haiti charge a whopping 36% interest). Then we help farmers to market their crops by roasting and selling their coffee.

We began as an outreach of the Episcopal Church here in Wisconsin & then became a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Many customers are Episcopal Churches who have outreach in Haiti – they use our Haitian coffee fundraiser to raise money for their own efforts in Haiti & this makes it a win-win (money goes to Haiti through us and the other organization).

We’re small but growing. We can help more farmers with an increased customer-base.

Do you have any specific recommendations for us & how we may become better known by other Episcopalians or other denominations working in Haiti?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated,

Molly Nicaise

Singing Rooster Haitian Coffee