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

A LAND OF MIRACLES

Dear Partners and Friends,

While there is much to grieve over regarding the dire situation in Haiti these days, we must hold each other and our Haitian sisters and brothers close during these very difficult times. For more than 30 years, La Gonâve Haiti Partners has worked side by side with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and the St. Francis parish to build capacity for a more abundant life for the communities of la Gonâve.

Daily, we thank God for the leadership provide by Father Jean Madoché Vil, the priest in charge, his staff, the teachers, the healthcare workers, the cooks, and laborers who work tirelessly to ensure the programs of the partnership do not falter.

Over the years, much has been accomplished. To our great amazement, in just the last two year, in spite of the increased political violence and a global pandemic, much has been accomplished!

I cannot express to you strongly enough how miracles occur everyday on la Gonâve. These miracles are possible because of your support through your prayers, your commitment of time and energies, and your financial resources. Because of your gifts, a new middle school is being built and will open in 2022. Over 1600 children are enrolled in schools and provided a hot lunch every day during the school year. Healthcare access continues under the tireless leadership of Dr. Saintage Lapointe, medical director, and a network of nurses, birth attendants, and community health workers. A microfinance program is becoming self sustainable and children – the youngest child of the neediest families – are given a kid goat to care for and raise as a future source of food and revenue for the family.

La Gonâve is a land of scarcity and of miracles. Perhaps the two always go together.

Join us in making these miracles possible. Please consider contributing to our 2021 Annual Fund campaign. May your gifts will continue to bless the lives of both the gift givers and the gifts receivers.

With great Thanksgiving,

Jennell Charles, Chair of La Gonâve Haiti Partners Board of Directors

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happy July 4th, Independence Day! Your brothers and sisters in Haiti salute the US partners. ... See MoreSee Less
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TOMORROW, JUNE 24TH, IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF PLAINE MAPOU, ON THE HAITIAN ISLAND OF LA GONÂVE. It is the feast day of St. John the Baptist. St. Jean Baptiste Eglise (Church) celebrates this day with a visit by their priest Pere Vil, the only ordained Episcopal priest assigned to 10 churches on the island. Lay Pastors lead the churches when the priest is not there, but only an ordained Priest can perform baptisms and weddings. So on the feast day there are many baptisms and weddings. It is a celebration for everyone! Nearby churches bring their choirs and special musicians are hired. After the service everyone enjoys a feast! St. Philip’s Church in Charleston, SC began its partnership with its sister church on la Gonâve, St. Jean Baptiste, in 1995 with a feast day visit. Each year after, on feast day, members of the two churches gather … it is like a family reunion.St. Jean Baptiste Church and school are situated high up on la Gonâve nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. The rich red dirt of Plaine Mapou (named for the Mapou trees which used to populate it) is good for growing corn, peanuts, squash and beans. There are coconut trees, mango trees and bread fruit trees. Thanks to the agricultural program of La Gonâve Haiti Partners, the schools are teaching students how to grow their own small gardens right next to the school building. There is also a new goat program to teach 5 students of our most vulnerable families goat husbandry. Once they complete the class the students are given a pregnant goat so they can begin their family’s goat herd. The school, located on the same grounds as the church, consists of two buildings. The upper school building has three classrooms and the preschool building has one classroom and an office. It serves 3 pre-K grades with 25 students and 1st through 6th grade with 85 students. There are 9 teachers, a principal, a cook, a guardian and a housekeeper. There is also an adult literacy class that meets in the evenings, with 3 teachers and 16 students. Each student, both child and adult and the staff, get one hot meal included with their education. This is often the only meal they may receive that day. Thanks to the help of Water Missions International, the church and school buildings have new roofs and water catchment systems which will help the cisterns stay full. Since there is no place to drill a well in Plaine Mapou and the nearest well is about an hour's walk away, a good functioning water catchment system is vital to the community. There is a mobile medical clinic at the church on a regular basis. The clinic serves the church and schools as well as the wider community. Three health care workers from the church are trained and supported by the clinic and are the front line healthcare providers for the community. The nutrition program serves the community from St. Jean the Baptiste too. Each baby in the program is weighed and charted and given a special nutritional supplement which helps them grow in weight and development.St. John the Baptist Feast Day is a day to celebrate the work of the church in the community of Plaine Mapou. The work of the church is primarily saving souls for eternity, but it is also about the work of the kingdom in the here and now. Without St. Jean Baptiste, the hunger of soul, mind and body would be much greater in Plaine Mapou. Please join St. Philip’s Anglican Church in honoring our hard working, persevering, joyful and hopeful brothers and sisters of St. Jean Baptiste Eglise. Please pray with us for the continued growth of the mission of St. John the Baptist and it’s school and for protection from storm, famine, drought, pestilence or any kind of harm for all of Haiti. May God’s peace reign. ... See MoreSee Less
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TOMORROW, JUNE 11TH, IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF LOTORE, ON THE HAITIAN ISLAND OF LA GONÂVE. It's the Feast Day celebration at St. Barnabas Church and School. Lotore is a beautiful farming community, perched on a plateau high above the ocean. There are old growth mango and breadfruit trees, fields of hand-tended peanuts, corn, eggplant. The families who farm are experts at terracing into the hillsides and tilling deep furrows. It is a very natural, close to the earth existence.St. Barnabas is a blessing to the community of Lotore. St. Barnabas was known as the Encourager and this perfectly describes the mission of the people of the church and school. The church is there for Lotore in good and bad times and serves as a center for education, worship and music, agricultural advice and animal care and vaccination. It also has a community health worker who works with the Bill Rice Center staff for prenatal clinics. All these programs are provided to the whole community. They know that, though Lotore is a remote community, the church is always there for encouragement and support. The staff at St. Barnabas is warm, creative, energetic and professional. They set a brilliant example to the people they serve. God is so evident in the beauty of the land and in the people of Lotore. From the rising of the sun complete with the roosters crowing and the donkeys braying, to the bustle of a medical clinic, to the talking and laughing at the dinner table, until the quiet of bedtime, His presence is so strong. Come visit and you will see what a magical place this is in Haiti!JOIN with All Saints Church of Pawleys Island, along with other friends, in sending their prayers to the families of Lotore for thriving, abundant lives in the years ahead. ... See MoreSee Less
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LUNCH IS SERVED!! School lunches are an essential ingredient of education. They improve the students’ learning capabilities and attention span. Thanks to FMSC, Reach Now International and YOU, 1254 boxes of lunches arrived yesterday for the 10 schools of La Gonâve Haiti Partners.School lunches are a powerful weapon to fight hunger and malnutrition. A hot, nutritious plateful of rice, mixed with vitamin supplements, is often the only meal for the student or the teacher that day. #educationhaitiHelp make sure that lunch is served each school day. DONATE now at lagonavepartners.kindful.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Mother's Day Fundraiser and honored special mothers! ... See MoreSee Less
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Mothers Are Special EverywhereHonor a special person this Mother’s Day with a donation that supports vulnerable mothers, their infants, and young children in Haiti. Who do you wish to honor? Leave a message in the comments section.Our Mobile Prenatal Clinics serve 10 remote communities on the island of La Gonave and offer routine prenatal care. Trained midwives and skilled birth attendants help with safe deliveries. Infants receive childhood immunizations. $75 provides prenatal and follow-up care for 1 mother her infant through age 1.The Children’s Nutrition Program identifies and treats malnourished children ages 1 – 5 through an 8-week nutritional supplement program. $70 provides complete treatment for 1 child.Your gift to La Gonave Haiti Partners, Inc. (501C) will help us reach our Mother’s Day goal of $2000. Feel free to share something about the person you are honoring.Click on this link donate:www.facebook.com/donate/846439839301772/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is a special day for the people of Trou Jacques, on the Haitian island of la Gonâve. It's the Feast Day celebration at St. Philippe and St. Jacques Church and School. The day began at 9AM with a church service filled with joyful music and singing. There will be baptisms and weddings too. Afterwards, the community will gather for a “feast” on the church grounds. Trou Jacques is a community perched high in the mountains overlooking the Bay of Gonâve. The view to mainland Haiti is spectacular. A cool breeze often softens the heat of the sunny day. Families are dependent on rainwater for their gardens of maize and vegetables, which they sell at the nearby Wednesday market in Palma. Microfinance participants have small businesses selling baked goods or soap or charcoal.St. Philippe and St. Jacques School sits at the end of a rocky, rutted road. The two buildings house grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th. Enrollment has increased to 131 for the current school year. The school staff includes 3 Pre-K teachers and 6 teachers for grades 1-6 as well as a principal and a music teacher. Students and teachers receive a hot, nutritious lunch each school day, often their only meal of the day. There are 25 adult literacy students enrolled in the Alpha program, learning reading, writing and basic math skills. Nine of the adults are at Level 3 studying French in addition to their native Kreyol.Many of the farmers in Trou Jacques also participate in the La Gonâve Goat Project and attend regular veterinary clinics for their goats and other livestock. The program has grown this year to include a school curriculum in goat husbandry. 5 students from the most vulnerable families at St. Philippe and St. Jacques School have been selected to participate. Once, they have completed their training, each school child will receive a pregnant doe to begin their family's goat herd.In 2015, a large church was built so that the community had a beautiful place for worship and no longer had to meet in classrooms for Sunday services. A cistern has been added to the church for the community. New latrines have been built at the school. Currently, a school cafeteria is under construction so that the school lunches can be cooked and served indoors. Students will now receive lunch each school day regardless of the wind and rain outside. Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta GA, First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, FL, and McDonough Presbyterian Church in McDonough, GA salute their Haitian partner St. Philippe and St. Jacques Church and School on their Feast Day. JOIN US in sending our prayers to the families of Trou Jacques for thriving, abundant lives in the years ahead. drive.google.com/file/d/155wsNg73WY6YUqbD7op-Ps0PHiX0Xx1j/view ... See MoreSee Less
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In 2012, a young mother spoke up in a meeting on the Haitian island of Gonâve and asked to learn what her children were learning in school. An adult literacy program was developed, centered on reading, writing and math in Creole and French. Today, more than 300 students are enrolled in 10 communities. Literacy is dignity. Literacy brings smiles as adults learn to write their own names. Visit lagonavepartners.org TODAY to help. ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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From The Rev. Jean Madoché Vil, our Haitian partner:Today is for you, American people, and the whole world an important day because God provides a new president, a new leadership for America. This is a special and historic day for your Country because of political conflicts. So, I ask for God's blessings on you, your new president and on all the American people. May God bless you and bless your Country forever. ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2021! We salute our Haitian brothers and sisters around the world. We honor their fight for freedom in 1804 from the brutal slavery imposed by the French and British colonists. We praise their continued resilience and commitment to establishing equality for all today. ... See MoreSee Less
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Judette's dream in her own words..."When I become a doctor I would like to specialize in pediatrics and/or surgery, and then return home to help people in my neighborhood of Lotoré and those in need, because I do not want other children to live the way that I lived.Our house was old and the walls were crumbling. But this was the only home we had, so we stayed as if it were perfect. In spite of everything, we lived with a shared faith in God and the sense that love reigned."Your gift to the 2020 Annual Fund will support the youth of la Gonâve in building a better future for their families and their communities. Please help at lagonavepartners.kindful.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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A Prayer for Christmas from La Gonâve Haiti Partners:Almighty God, through the Incarnation of your son, you have revealed your love toward us; you have shown your desire/will to reconcile us with you and to make us by adoption your children. We pray that you, Father of heaven, help us to live all from one heart; through Jesus Christ our Brother and Lord. AMENFather Jean Madoché Vil , St. Francis and St. Croix Parishes, La Gonâve Haiti ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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A Prayer of Love from La Gonâve Partners:Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching us to remember this fourth week of Advent season what love really means. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives with our continued love in action for our Haitian brothers and sisters. In Jesus' Precious and Holy Name, AmenGerry McCord, Disaster Response and Pastoral Care, St. Philips Church, Charleston SC ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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Judette's Story in her own words:"I received my only present as a child when I was six years old. It was around Christmas time when our grades came out. I was the first in my class, and I was offered a toy first aid kit. The two other students who were recognized received dolls, and I was sad because I would have preferred a doll too. When they noticed that I was sad, they built me up by saying, 'You have a first aid kit so that you can look after your friends’ children. You can be a nurse, or a doctor.' All of a sudden, I was bursting with excitement, and I kept repeating that I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up with this dream, and now I’m on my way to becoming a doctor."Support the committed young people of la Gonâve in their work to realize their dreams. DONATE to the 2020 Annual Fund at lagonavepartners.kindful.com TODAY ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

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A Prayer of Joy from La Gonâve Haiti Partners:Creator & Sustainer God, For life and breath, we sing with joy! For the rain and the sun, nou chante ak kè kontan! For the love of our families, we sing with joy! For our friends across the ocean, nou chante ak kè kontan! For you oh God, we sing with joy! Nou chante ak kè kontan! Amen.Forrest Foxworth, Parish Associate, First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina FL ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

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A Prayer of Peace from La Gonâve Haiti Partners:"Blessed and tender God, as we journey this season of Advent, awaiting the birth of the God Child Jesus, Prince of Peace, may we greet this time of hope-filled expectancy with our hearts open to the light of Your love; that in us and through us, the fruitfulness of Your light may cast away the darkness of suffering, and bring to birth the blessing of hope and tranquility to all of Your creation. Amen." The Rev. Tryggvi G. Árnason, Rector, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Hickory NC ... See MoreSee Less
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Judette and her family, pictured below, illustrate the impact of La Gonâve Haiti Partners on the lives of three generations of women on the Haitian island of Gonâve. When Grandmother was born, there was no school in her mountain community. Like most women, she and her daughter never learned to read and write. When granddaughter Judette (center) was born in 1993, US partners had joined with the Episcopal Church of Haiti to begin constructing schools and a healthcare system on la Gonâve. Judette attended an excellent Episcopal school close to home. Despite many hurdles, she completed her studies at St. Francois d’Assisi High School and is now in the 5th year of medical school in Port au Prince. Judette exemplifies the life-changing potential that is unleashed when a child grows up with access to quality education and good healthcare.Since 1989, La Gonâve Haiti Partners has worked in partnership with the people of la Gonâve to address issues of hunger, poverty, disease, and education. Ten Schools, built over the past 30 years, allow 1500 boys and girls equal access to K-12 education. Adult Literacy courses give older Haitians like Judette’s grandmother and mother a chance to learn to read. A primary care center houses a network of clinics to provide critical preventative and sick care. Economic development opportunities address the deadly issues of drought and poverty. A new Kid-to-Kid curriculum in primary schools teaches students how to raise and care for their family’s goat as a source of food and revenue. With the support of partners like you, the St. Francis and St. Croix parishes now employ 200 men and women on la Gonâve to provide these programs within their communities.HELP DETERMINED YOUNG HAITIANS SUCCEED IN THEIR DREAMS. Contribute to the Annual Fund 2020 at lagonavepartners.kindful.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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Judette is from the community of Lotoré on the Haitian island of Gonâve. With the encouragement of her family and her teachers at the partnership supported school, St. Barnabas, she is now in her 5th year of medical school on mainland Haiti. #givingtuesday, #educationhaiti, #healthcarehaitiJoin us on December 1st, GIVING TUESDAY, to learn Judette’s story. With your help, determined young people on la Gonâve have a chance to succeed. DONATE to the 2020 Annual Fund at lagonavepartners.kindful.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!Blessings to you all from Jesus Christ our Lord. This message is to tell you that I thought of you all on this memorable day of Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless and make prosperous United States. HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO YOU ALL FRIENDS, PARTNERS AND MEMBERS OF LA GONÂVE HAITI PARTNERS !!!!!!Your brother in Christ,pere Vil ... See MoreSee Less
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