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August 2015 Newsletter from Haiti Micah Project
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August 2015

President's Report


Mesi Anpil, Taratibu Youth Association

I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to the Taratibu Youth Association (TYA).  In July, the group traveled to Haiti and spent quality time with the children of the Haiti Micah Project.  Lemence Charite, SAES volunteer administrator, described this group’s visit as a wonderful gift that offered the children great joy.  The young people of TYA have left their mark in Mirebalais and I give God thanks that they were able to share God’s love with their brothers and sisters in such a powerful way.  

Dr. Yanique Edmond-Pierre writes, “The TYA is a young people’s performing arts company that uses the arts and community service to inspire hope, healing, cultural pride, and positive social change.  Since 2007, TYA performers, age 10-21, have shared the messages of faith, self-respect, personal responsibility, and resilience with schools, churches, and other community organizations.”  

The TYA performed in Mirebalais after a long day of traveling.  Their performance was awe inspiring to the children, youth and adult volunteers of SAES.  The group also brought supplies and materials for the program.   

I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Dominique Charlot-Swilley, Dr.Yanique Edmond-Pierre, the young people and all those who accompanied and supported the group’s travel.  I pray that God will continue to bless the TYA and your commitment to offer your gifts and talents in service.  

Fr. Joseph Constant 

Thank you, Epiphany of Seattle!

In June, I had a wonderful trip to spend time with the Epiphany Parish Community in Seattle, Washington.  One of the many blessings of discipleship is meeting other Christians on the journey.  In Seattle, I felt truly blessed to meet other workers committed to living out the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  Epiphany Parish of Seattle is indeed a beacon of light in our Church.  I am grateful for the opportunity to engage in ministry with this growing and vibrant congregation.  

I had an opportunity to preach at two services.  After the first service, I gave a forum presentation on HMP.  On Monday evening, I shared a wonderful meal with members of the Outreach Committee under the coordination of Emily Linderman. 

I want to thank the Rev. Doyt Conn, Jr. for extending the invitation to me, and his sister Valerie Conn for her hospitality.  I owe a debt of gratitude to all those who helped organize my trip, hosted and showed me true Christian hospitality.  

Fr. Joseph Constant 

A Summer Visit from Mirebalais

In July, Pere Jeannot Joseph, former rector at St. Pierre's Episcopal Church in Mirebalais, visited Virginia with his family. This was their first trip all together in 10 years! Rev. Roger Bowen, from Staunton, VA, who has established over 70 partnerships between Episcopal churches in Haiti and the US, hosted Pere Jeannot's family through this Partnership Program. The family visited northern Virginia, DC and, as you see here, Weyers Cave, VA. Pere Jeannot also had the chance to visit friends at Virginia Theological Seminary and spent time with Father Constant and HMP Board members.

Pere Jeannot has been the greatest ally and partner of HMP through his work in the community of Mirebalais. His parish has faithfully supported all aspects of our programming, from spiritual guidance in the church, places for our kids in St. Pierre's School, and donating space in the school for our feeding program. He has been a board member of Les Enfants de Sion (our sister board in Mirebalais) since it's inception in 2005.

Now Pere Jeannot, his wife Aline, and their three children are moving to Port-au-Prince for his next appointment at St. Martin de Tours.  

Pere Jeannot served in Mirebalais for ten years, 2005-2015. He writes, "In the beginning the challenges were huge: 12 churches and almost all of them were under a tent. We worked hard, we prayed, and we received abundant grace! Five more churches and schools were opened. And, today we can say that a lot of work has been accomplished - new church buildings, new school buildings, goat projects, water purification systems, and many plans, too, for future projects like agriculture, computer labs, solar power, and teacher training. 
 
And so, I want to take this opportunity to send this message of gratitude to you all. You all have supported my ministry in St. Pierre's Parish in Mirebalais and out in the schools and missions of the countryside. Thanks to you I had a blessed and fruitful ministry. Of course all of this, all of these projects are good, but the important part is bigger. It is really about love, about spirituality. We laugh together, we cry together, we share hospitality, we pray together and sing together. We share life and we thank God for that. 
 
Today my heart is full of sadness to say goodbye; but I am also full of joy for the work we realized together. When I look back I have the feeling of success even though we still have many things to do."
 
We thank Pere Jeannot for all his support these past 10 years in Mirebalais. He has been a staunch advocate for the work of the Haiti Micah Project, while guiding his congregation and always being ready to help someone in need, especially the children and youth in the HMP programs. 

Pere Jeannot has asked us, specially, to welcome and care for his successor, Pere Alphonse, who began his work in Mirebalais August 2. He also asked all of us to continue our work and mission in Mirebalais. He has seen, day by day, the impact we have in the lives of local children and their families, and celebrates the battles won. But he also knows our work continues. "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Hebrews 12:1)

Vocational Training Center Updates


The interior of the Vocational Training Center is finished, both painting and electrical. The construction team will begin on the exterior painting. In the meantime, informal classes in carpentry and painting have been continuing throughout the summer months. 

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Vocational Training Center and we had planned to share stories from the opening ceremony this month. Due to election tensions, the ceremony has been delayed to September. We have to wait a little longer, but we, and our future students, are undaunted!
 

Sponsor A Child

Thank you to our donors for your continued generosity to our Sponsorship Program. Through the last ten years you have enabled the Mirebalais staff to provide life-saving food, clothing, and educational opportunities to the hundreds of children who come each day needing help.

With multiple global crises, wars, and conflicts, and more recently the focus on Ebola control, you keep our children in the forefront of your thoughts, prayers, and generosity.

As one sponsored child, Emmanuel, writes,

“I appreciate very sincerely, your immense support and assistance you give to that nice program. . . . I do not find the right word[s] to express my gratitude to you.  Your kindness makes me feel the goodness of your heart, your charity, your great generosity.  I am so glad and proud to have you in my life.  You are very special for me and know that I always think of you and pray for you everyday.  I thank you for all that you do and what you will go on doing for me.  I thank you from all my deepest heart.  God will bless you for your perfect devotion. “

For more information on donating and sponsorship, go to our website at www.haiti-micah.org.  








 

We're celebrating our 10th anniversary with the $10 for 10 Campaign, where you can set up 10 recurring payments of $10 each to go toward feeding children in our program. More than 400 children of all ages in Mirebalais join us each day for a hot, nutritious meal. We started providing meals for 150 children in 2005, and the need continues to grow. Find out more about the campaign and how to give here.
 

HMP Haiti Updates

 
If you would like to learn even more about what is happening in Haiti, go to our HMP Twitter feed where you will find daily updates from Haitian, US and international media.  

Recent stories include:

Haiti Hosts the Caribbean Arts Festival for the First Time--The arts festival CARIFESTA came to Port-au-Prince for the first time, bringing art, music, culture and friendship.

The Working Woman Problem We Don't Talk About--There is optimism in Haiti, and it's about empowering women through entrepreneurship and economic opportunity. 

 
Keep the people of Haiti in your prayers as they prepare for elections in October and the beginning of the hurricane season. We pray for all those who seek justice and democracy and to bring Haiti to a place of new strength and continued optimism.
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