Parnership in Haiti
St. Paul & the Redeemer has a decades-long friendship with several communities in Haiti. We currently work with St. Patrick's, an Episcopal congregation in Tom Gateau, which is southwest of Port-au-Prince in the beautiful mountains of southern Haiti. We also provide micro-loans to 34 women entrepreneurs in the community.
In 2015, SPR started a lunch program at St. Patrick's School to feed their 160 students twice a week. In 2016, we expanded to three times a week. Without this program, these children receive no lunch at all. This program also employs three women in their village to prepare the meals We raise money for this program in September on Haiti Sunday.
Every Lent, SPR raises money to help pay the salaries of St. Patrick's dedicated and talented teachers.
Music is one of the shared values between St. Paul & the Redeemer and St. Patrick's. SPR takes down band instruments every time we go and SPR pays the salary of Aniel Napolean, their great band leader.
Here are three ways to learn more about Haiti and our work there.
1. Haitian History - Listen to the great series of Podcasts at Revolutions Podcast.
2. Post-colonial mission theory - How can we move to an understanding of solidarity and partnership in our work in Haiti? Former Parishioner Kim Lambery published this very helpful article.
3. Mountains beyond Mountains - Read Tracy Kidder's wonderful account of Paul Farmer's work in Haiti, that grew out of a partnership with an Episcopal Church.
In the late winter, a team from SPR visits our partners in Haiti to connect our lives more deeply with one another and discuss the future of our work together.