Ansamn ansamn, nou pi fo! Together, together we are stronger. Haitian Proverb

2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ENDURING VALUE

July 28th – 30th

ALPHARETTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

180 Academy Street • Alpharetta, GA 30309

We are excited to be drawing closer to the 2022 Annual Conference!  This year it will be hosted by our partner church, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church in Alpharetta, GA. 
It has been a year of many challenges for our Haitian friends; in spite of these challenges, once again, much has been achieved.  For the past 31 years, La Gonave Haiti Partners has worked in collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and the priests of St. Francis Parish on la Gonave island. Together we make a truly remarkable partnership!
Our focus this year is on harnessing the significant efforts of the past 31 years and exploring how these are shaping the future.  An inaugural gathering of partners interested in learning about the Legacy Fund will be held on Thursday evening, July 28th with the opening of the conference beginning Friday morning, July 29th.  We hope you will consider registering for both.
For information on the conference agenda and registration, please click on the links below.  We look forward to seeing you in Alpharetta!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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Online Registration and payment via credit care, please click here.

To Register and mail a check for payment, please use this link.

Travel & Accommodations…

Closest Airport: Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA
Hotel Room Block Options (available until June 30)
DoubleTree by Hilton Alpharetta Windward ($107 per night, includes breakfast) To book a room, please click here. 
Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Alpharetta/Avalon Area ($159 per night). To book a room, please click here or call 1-800-321-2211 and request the La Gonâve Haiti Partners room block.
Walkable hotel to the host church, The Hamilton.  There is no group pricing available for this hotel. 

 

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2 months ago

La Gonave Haiti Partners
Looking ahead with incoming Board Chair Bob Scarr. #lagonave #lagonavehaitipartners ... See MoreSee Less
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Annual Conference Day 2 at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church #lagonave #lagonavehaitipartners ... See MoreSee Less
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Day 1 of the Annual Conference at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. ... See MoreSee Less
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Kicking off the Annual Conference with the Board Meeting at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church . ... See MoreSee Less
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A Time of Celebration!—The Opening of new Ste. Marthe and Ste Marie Middle School! The newest school in the St. Francis Parish and the first rural middle school—student registration starts in July!!Join us at our Annual Conference, July 29th and 30th, in Alpharetta, GA to learn more about this exciting initiative!! More details and registration info can be found at: lagonavepartners.org/2022-conference/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out our March Newsletter: mailchi.mp/56562ce312f5/lghp-march-newsletter ... See MoreSee Less
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School lunches have arrived at St. Francis! 2000 meals are served each school day! ... See MoreSee Less
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La Gonave Haiti Partners celebrates Ticotelette Feast Day. Our partners in the US are sending love and prayers to all of our partners in Haiti. ... See MoreSee Less
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Christmas greetings to the beloved brothers and sisters, members and friends of LGHP. Dear brothers and sisters and friends, Christmas is a special time to wish happy holidays and a happy new year to those who are dear to us. It is one of the magical and wonderful times to express our gratitude toward all those who have done good things for us. Aware of your love for the people of La Gonâve and the impact of your ministry in their life, I would like on their behalf, in this special season of rejoicing, to say THANK YOU and wish to all our sister churches, every one of you, your families, and all our friends and benefactors --- a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2022 full of happiness. Beloved brothers and sisters, know that you give meaning to our life; you are part of our life. Where we feel abandoned by the leaders of our own country, particularly on this seemingly abandoned island that is la Gonâve; where we feel alone with the challenges of daily life, you always show yourselves available to us, as sisters and brothers in the Lord. Because of you, all the ten (10) existing schools in the partnership still providing good education and the employees are monthly and regularly paid. A new school, a middle school, is under construction in Palma and we are making great progress with hope its doors will open the coming summer. The Bill Rice clinic provides health care service in Nouvelle Cite and through mobile clinics in the remote areas too. Other activities or programs such adult literacy, goat, microcredit…...are also operational. Thousands of families survive because of you. Thank you for all of this and for all the gestures of love you have shown towards us. God bless you and Merry Christmas to all of you! Your brother,Père Vil,La Gonâve,December 16th, 2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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10 months ago

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Despite distance and separation our friends on La Gonâve are in our hearts and on our minds. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXUJlIyBe6Y Help us help our partners by donating to our fundraiser: www.facebook.com/donate/593464495241657/ ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

La Gonave Haiti Partners
To all of you beloved brothers and sisters,Dear Partners,On this Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to God for his blessings in your life and for all that he has accomplished in the life of the United States, your wonderful country. Through your ministry to us in la Gonâve, you as partners, show the way of God's love. You are good people. Rejoice and be glad all on this blessed occasion of thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving Day. May God bless you all !!!!your brother, P. Vil.La Gonâve. ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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LGHP believes that every person deserves a chance for a good life. Consider a donation to our GivingTuesday campaign to help our partners in La Gonave. www.facebook.com/donate/593464495241657/ ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

La Gonave Haiti Partners
Join La Gonave Haiti Partners as we celebrate Giving Tuesday. November is a month to reflect on being thankful and on ways we can share our gifts and resources with others. GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during GivingTuesday⁠⁠—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to a cause—everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. When so much attention is given to what divides us, generosity brings people together across races, faiths, and political views. For our brothers and sisters in Haiti, this is an especially difficult time. The political instability and violence, scarcity of resources, and natural disasters are causing our friends on the island of la Gonave to experience extreme food insecurities and limited access to other basic needs. Pere Vil is asking for our help to assist families who are experiencing the greatest hardships. La Gonave Haiti Partners asks that you consider supporting our Haitian friends during the month of November and in particular on Giving Tuesday, November 30.www.facebook.com/donate/593464495241657/ ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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Reflection on St. Simon & St. Jude, Platon Balai"What can possibly happen to make life better for the community here?" That is a question I have asked myself and the Good Lord every time I have visited the very remote village of Platon Balai, which is home to St. Simon & St. Jude, the farthest-flung Episcopal church on La Gonâve and our (St. Andrew's Anglican, Little Rock, AR) sister church.The village is so remote and so poor that even our Haitian colleagues in Anse-a-Galets are stumped by this question.There are no easy answers and there are plenty of obstacles, but I believe there is also great reason for hope.One of my favorite memories of a trip to Platon Balai took place in March 2013, when a team from St. Andrew's went out to help Boss Therlange and a local crew of workers to get started on putting gutters on the church building after the local community told us that building a large cistern was a very high priority for them because the closest water source was an hour's walk away to Gros Mangles. We asked the community what they could contribute to this important project. Père Soner, Père Vil's predecessor, had observed that "God had blessed Platon Balai with a lot of rocks!" and the community said they couldn't contribute financially, but they could certainly gather some of those blessed rocks. Early one morning, as our team slept on floors in the church and school, we were awakened by the sound of many footsteps and looked out to find that the whole community, from very young to very old, had come out to gather rocks. We scrambled out to join them, and by noon the industrious crowd had gathered two large piles of stones, enough for a great start to build the much-needed cistern. By God's grace, some large anonymous donations allowed St. Andrew's to send the funds to complete the construction, and by the time I returned to celebrate the Feast Day of Sts. Simon and Jude in October 2013, it had become a reality.But the work started with the community and their willingness to contribute what they could. I still have no easy answers for Platon Balai, but I see in that community the willingness and grit to work together toward important goals. Sometimes, God blesses you with a lot of rocks, and you just have to find a way, with His help, to move them. ... See MoreSee Less
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Oct. 22, 2021Dear Partners,It is with great sadness that we hear of the horrific kidnapping of the 17 missionaries this past week north of Port-au-Prince. We pray for their safety and quick return to their families in the U.S. and Canada. I have been in communication with Pere Vil, the priest in charge of the St. Francois d’Assise Episcopal Parish on la Gonâve over the past several days and would like to share some of these conversations with you below.Brothers and Sisters, Life in Haiti today is a miracle…Because of the increasing insecurity, people on la Gonâve and over the country are not comfortable doing business now. Cases of abduction are daily reported; no one is spared and the kidnappers do not consider anyone’s social status. We must have courage to go to the mainland, to travel the national roads to buy products and come and sell them here in la Gonâve. Here there is no violence politics and insecurity. But, these situations have a negative impact on the daily life; they bring up prices in the market. And we suffer a lot from it in la Gonâve Life does not end, however. We must adjust the sails and continue to live. I really appreciate your prayers and worry about our safety. They make me stronger. Thanking God about you!!!Pere Jean Madoche VilLet us continue to pray for Pere Vil and our many friends and colleagues on la Gonâve. Jennell CharlesChair, Board of DirectorsLa Gonâve Haiti Partners ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

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Did you know this week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? Were you aware that La Gonâve Haiti Partners has established a Legacy Fund. This quasi-endowment fund will provide resources year after year to advance the mission of LGHP and meet the future needs of its ministries. To To donate online or to find out more, visit www.lagonavepartners.org and select the “Legacy Fund” campaign from the “Donate Now” menu. ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

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Thinking about and praying for the community of St. Francis as they celebrate the feast day of St. Francis. ... See MoreSee Less
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A message from Pere Vil about the computer lab: The computer lab is installed on the left side of the entry courtyard of the school. We are ready to provide the computer class to the students of the secondary section. Parents, students, teachers, and curious people are excited about the computer lab. I am grateful to all of you. Today, so many students want to come to Saint Francis school. We have a respected school and is is not the fruit/result of a day's or a year's labor. Lots of love, sacrifices, money, prayers....I am grateful and proud of you all as our loved partners. ... See MoreSee Less
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ON SEPTEMBER 14, THE COMMUNITY OF NOUVELLE CITÉ on la Gonâve will gather for a celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross. This is a time to honor the cross upon which Christ died and to offer praise and thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, longtime partner with the Nouvelle Cité and St. Croix church, sends greetings and love to our friends on this special day. We also announce the gift First Presbyterian is making of a scholarship for a Nouvelle Cité student to attend the new middle school when it is finished.Many goods things have occurred in spite of these recent difficult months and we rejoice in God’s faithfulness and all that has been accomplished in Nouvelle Cité. The church has a new roof, a garden project is underway, and repairs to the goat barn have been completed. New guttering and a cistern have been installed to supply water for the goats and garden. The Kid for a Kid program has begun with 5 students being given goats to care for. 35 participants are now in the adult literacy program and the microfinance project continues to offer loans for business endeavors.Excitement is building for the Mary and Martha Middle School nearby which will enable students in Nouvelle Cité and several other communities to continue learning after 6th grade. In the elementary school at this time there are 180 students, 92% of whom passed their exams and moved onto the next level. A nutritious lunch is served to the students each day. First Presbyterian Atlanta praises God for the resilience and faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Nouvelle Cité and the blessings of our friendships. We look forward the time we can be together in fellowship. We send our love and continued prayers for God’s care. ... See MoreSee Less
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AUGUST 24th IS A FESTIVE DAY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NAN MANGO, a remote mountain community on the offshore Haitian island of La Gonave. It is the feast day of Saint Bartholemey, the patron saint of Nan Mango’s one-room Episcopal church. The whole community celebrates the day with a visit from Pere Vil, the sole Episcopalian priest assigned to the entire island. For the feast day there will be a church service that may include baptisms and weddings. A special meal will be enjoyed by all after the service. Celebrating the day from afar will be the members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. For many years Covenant has been in relationship with the people of Nan Mango, partnering with them in support as the Haitians there work towards building a vibrant, hopeful and resilient community. La Gonave Haiti Partners is a 501C3 made up of about 20 U.S. churches from several denominations that, like Covenant, are partnered with a healthcare center and with the other 9 communities in the parish on La Gonave. It is because of the work of LGHP that this story can be shared here on FaceBook. To learn more go to lagonavepartners.org.Nan Mango is one of ten communities served by the Episcopal parish. In each community the parish provides a church with a lay leader and a primary school serving pre-K through 6th grade children. Also sponsored by the parish in each community are adult literacy classes, mobile health clinics, services from a trained community healthworker and from a birth attendant, and entrepreneurial opportunities through microfinance loans and goat farming. By contributing financial support to these initiatives in Nan Mango, Covenant underwrites the salaries for more than 20 Haitians in this one small community. On the occasion of the feast day of St. Bartholemey in Nan Mango we at Covenant celebrate the 170 students in the community’s primary school, 88% of whom passed their end-of-year tests in May. We celebrate the 41 adult literacy students as they study reading, writing and arithmetic in their evening classes. We celebrate the past year when there were no infant or maternal deaths among the mothers enrolled in the maternal health program. We celebrate the 23 micro-finance entrepreneurs supporting themselves and their families. We celebrate the school children who are learning to raise goats so that they can help support their families. Similar stories can be told about each of the other 9 communities on the island.So much of what we hear about Haiti involves one tragedy after another after another. We celebrate that tragedy is not Haiti’s only story. And we are thankful for the relationship that has grown between the St. Bartholemey and the Covenant communities. We look forward to a time after political unrest on the mainland and after Covid everywhere, when we can once again travel and visit Nan Mango in person, sharing hugs and friendship. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dear Partners,Pere Vil reports that all continues to be well on the island. Tropical Storm Grace is bringing wind and some heavy rains, but they are in their third day of teacher training and most teachers have been able to travel to St. Francis for training. They are also getting ready for the new school year which begins September 6th. In addition, they are working to secure the new computer lab to its platform at St. Francis and hook up the electrical panel to run the air conditioner unit and computers. The teachers are very excited about the new lab!We continue to pray for the victims of the earthquake. There may be a chance some are transported to the Wesleyan Hospital on la Gonâve for treatment, and staff at the hospital are in communication with Dr. Lapointe, the medical director of the Bill Rice Health Center, to pool resources if needed. Thanks to our several partners, the container recently shipped to la Gonâve had medical equipment and supplies needed to buildout an urgent care center. These might become useful to some of those suffering from the earthquake.I will keep you posted,Jennell ... See MoreSee Less
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Enjoy some updates on the new middle school: ... See MoreSee Less
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Earthquakes and storms have not stopped the teachers on La Gonave from participating in training sessions to prepare for the new school year. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dear La Gonâve Haiti Partners,Our hearts are heavy for the loss of lives and destruction caused by the earthquake that struck Saturday morning on the mainland of Haiti. I have been in touch with Pere Vil every day since then to learn of its impact on our communities on la Gonâve He reports that the impact has been minimal. They have experienced some aftershock waves, but, “All is good. It is a worrying and difficult time to live, but we have been spared from damages…The departments most affected are the South, Southeast, and Nippes." As of this morning, "The most recent report is 1287 deaths with more than 6500 people injured.” We have been in touch with other non profits, the Episcopal Church, and our PCUSA mission co-worker Cindy Corell to stay informed on the latest news from Haiti. We will post updates as we learn more. Please keep Haiti, Pere Vil, and all our communities on la Gonâve in your prayers .Jennell Charles, ChairBoard of Directors ... See MoreSee Less
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These maps show the earthquake in Haiti. It looks like the shaking should have been light to moderate on La Gonave. We are still waiting on an update from Pere Vil and will post when we hear from him. ... See MoreSee Less
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Exciting news-the container has arrived in Haiti! ... See MoreSee Less
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The container for the computer lab at St. Francis is on its way! Prayers for safe travels and delivery. ... See MoreSee Less
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The 2021 Annual Conference of La Gonâve Haiti Partners shared much good news from Haiti … of increased student enrollment in rural schools, of healthy mothers and newborns, of expanded microfinance recipients, and of new latrines, cisterns and classrooms. Visit lagonavepartners.org to learn of a miraculous year on the island of la Gonâve. ... See MoreSee Less
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TODAY, JULY 25, IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF BOIS BRULÉ, ON THE HAITIAN ISLAND OF LA GONÂVE. It is the Feast Day celebration at St. Jacques Church and School. The day began at 9AM with a church service filed with joyful music and singing. Afterwards, the community gathered for a “feast” on the church grounds.Bois Brulé is a community in the middle of la Gonâve and a long 2 hour drive from the coast up a rough, rutted road. It's sits atop a high mountain range surrounded by trees and shrubs. Bois Brulé is literally translated as “burnt wood.”The people of Bois Brulé are very welcoming, inviting the visiting teams from Clarksville, Tennessee, for a walk through the village to experience the tasks of daily life in Haiti and afterwards to share a meal together. The students at St. Jacques School are eager to learn and have recently passed the national exams with 94% success rate. The school now has 145 students and 9 teachers. The adult literacy progrm is also growing, with local students doubling to 24. Leo Forneus (the elementary school principal) and Frantz Toussaint are the instructors. Most exciting news is that 7 participants have joined a microfinance program to build their own small business ventures.Join with First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church of Clarksville, Tennessee in sending their prayers to the families of Bois Brulé for thriving, abundant lives in the year ahead. ... See MoreSee Less
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It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of President’s Moise’s assassination last night in Port-au-Prince. Our Haitian partner on la Gonâve, Pere Vil, says, “It’s very sad, very sad news and very bad for our Country. We are all worried. Praying for the country."Please join us in the following prayer from Greg Glover, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, TN and member of La Gonâve Haiti Partners board of directors.We pray to you, O God, holding hands with our Haitian friends and joining our voices with theirs today:In the face of political violence and assassination, be our helper and protector.Help the needy, have mercy on the lowly, feed the hungry--Humble the proud and comfort those who are afraid.Protect us in this time of danger.Give our souls peace and refuge from the turmoil; shelter us under your wings.Grant the people of Haiti freedom from oppression and give them rulers who do justice, love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth.Grant wisdom to all who govern this day in Haiti--and in neighboring lands--to execute justice with mercy.Bring unity, peace, concord, and prosperity to our friends, we pray.Hear us, Good Lord, we cry to you.In your strong, three-fold name we pray. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
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