Haiti kidnapping: Shrouded in secrecy
The high profile arrest of a member of Haiti’s elite in a recent kidnap-for-ransom case has touched all segments of Haitian society in and out of Haiti.—Miami Herald
Unfinished Houses: Building the kingdom on God’s time
…service-learning trips for students … the inspiration for the nonprofit Education Across Borders
Chikungunya in the Caribbean
Local transmission of chikungunya is being reported in Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Puerto Rico, among other countries/islands in the Caribbean—CDC
Saving grain for a rainy day in Haiti
Farmers in Haiti hope to reduce post-harvest crop losses through a scheme run by ACT member the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), in conjunction with USAID. The project will significantly improve production and storage capacity
International Day of Farmers' Struggles: What Haitian Farmers' Organizations are Fighting For
Land grabbing is increasing worldwide. In Haiti huge areas of land are grabbed to establish free zones, produce agrofuels or set up giant tourism projects.
Dominican Republic Passes Law for Migrants’ Children
The plan seeks to mollify an international uproar after the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruled last September that people born there to illegal migrants do not have the right to citizenship, even if the Dominican Republic is the only country they have lived in or know. Human rights organizations said some 200,000 people could be affected, while the government said the number was much lower, around 24,000.—New York Times
Santo Domingo to naturalize Dominican-Born Haitians
The government of the Dominican Republic has sent a bill to Congress that would extend legal residence to the Dominican-born children of undocumented migrants. The initiative, which will mostly benefit the children of migrants from neighboring Haiti, will allow a “fair solution” to be applied to what has been “a cycle of irregularities,” President Danilo Medina’s administration said.—Latin American Herald Tribune
Episcopal Church’s Haiti rebuilding effort gets major boost
A New York Episcopalian has taken the lead in the effort to rebuild the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake.
Haiti is not receiving the attention of the international community
The U.N. official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti is calling on the donor community to scale up support to combat the disease—Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency
WACC helps raise the voices of Haitian women
Rural women in Haiti will benefit from a project to make community radio programs aimed at bringing their concerns to the attention of local decision and policy makers.
ANALYSIS: TROUBLED HAITIAN-DOMINICAN BILATERAL RELATIONS AWAIT PROGRESS
Recent events have demonstrated that disputatious bilateral issues between the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti may have (finally) taken a positive turn. A second round of talks held between the two governments was launched in Jimani, DR, this past February 3, 2014. These concluded with the decision that the DR’s Congress will commence a naturalization plan on February 27 for all Dominicans of Haitian descent living in the country.—Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC)
Protecting Haiti’s vulnerable children
After the disastrous January 2010 earthquake Church World Service (CWS) staff learned about the plight of “restaveks,” Haitian children and young people working in some type of indentured servitude. CWS is working with Haitian partners to support vocational education programs for young people who had worked as restaveks. Read more
January 2014 marks the fourth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and the one-year anniversary of the most important written work to emerge from the rubble thus far — Jonathan Katz’s The Big Truck That Went By. Read more
Dominican Episcopal Church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent: Hundreds of thousands face statelessness (Oct 25, 2013). Read more
Analysis: Are you Haitian?
The implications of the ruling of September 23 by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic—ALC News (Latin America and Caribbean Comunication Agency)
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has written to the President of the Dominican Republic about a court decision that effectively revokes citizenship to some 250,000 persons of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic
Dominican court ruling increases risk of statelessness for Dominicans of Haitian descent
The ruling says all children born of persons “in transit” in the country since 1929 are not Dominican, applying “in transit” to up to four generations of citizens born and raised in the DR—Church World Service
Haiti clashes as protesters demand President Martrelly resign. (Nov 18, 2013) Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24996116
Government critics march through Haiti's capital
Riot police in Haiti broke up the tail end of an anti-government demonstration marking the anniversary of the 1991 ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide…
"Happy to be back where I was born”
These are some of the few words we could hear from Lejita, a 17-year-old girl who has worked as a domestic servant and lived far from her biological family for 10 years. Now she is back at her home thanks to the Haitian Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice reintegration program.—ALC (Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency)
Journalists in Haiti and the Dominican Republic raise alert on mining producing environmental damage—Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency
The international mining companies that intend to begin operations in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic will contribute little to the development of these countries, and will destroy the environment...
Connecting through mission: read the story of one group of Presbyterians who traveled to Haiti. Plan a mission trip.
Additional news: The Presbyterian impact: news updates from Haiti
The power of partnerships
We recognize the importance of effectively helping those in need through partnerships. In Haiti, this means more effectively using donated dollars to work alongside Haitians as they rebuild their country, helping children in need, empowering disabled business owners, and providing medical care in the small town of Léogâne. Click here to meet all our partners in Haiti.
In the words of Haitians
Haitians believe in standing “shoulder-to-shoulder, hand in hand.” In the following images and videos, Haitians share their own stories and spirit of rebuilding through hope, determination, and love. Simply click on any of the below thumbnails to hear, learn and see more.
Experience Haiti in video
Recovery continues in Haiti
Haitian children playing a game
Haitian tent school and church
Work crews in Haiti clearing rubble
Mother’s Day in Haiti - singing
Mother’s Day in Haiti - playing
Where did Haiti's earthquake aid go?
Read why some are asking for more information.
Progress and challenges: two years after the earthquake
Learn how your donations to Presbyterian response are being used for long-term recovery.
Progress and challenges: stories from Haiti
EMPOWERING HAITIANS WITH DISABILITIES
Learn how your donations are helping the most marginalized in Haiti.
Young adults helping others
Read the story of one young prebyterian woman who was moved to help those living in haiti.
partnership in mission: church world service
Learn how our long-term partnership with CWS is providing aid to the most marginalized in Haiti.
A family of Léogâne
Read about one family's experience during and after the 2010 earthquake and learn how the church's long term partnerships in Haiti meant PC(USA) could provide immediate aid for those affected by the disaster.
FOOD AND FAITH: A WORLDWIDE BLESSING
The Presbyterian Hunger Program, a member of the Haiti Response Team, is working in Haiti's agricultural areas to provide both food and livelihood for Haitians. Read how your donations are having a positive and longterm impact on recovery.
A Hopeful Haiti
There is a word commonly used in Haiti which gives you a glimpse into how the people there approach life. It is “degaje” which means to “do what you’ve got to do” or “make do with what you have.” Read more
An earthquake, a hurricane, and a cholera outbreak would be enough for many people to give up and stop trying to rebuild their homes, their schools, and their community. But the people of Haiti are strong in faith and spirit, so despite all they’ve endured, they continue to pick up the pieces and begin again. Your donations have directly provided the tools for them to do so. Your prayers have fortified their spirit. Read more
A mission co-worker, Suzette Goss-Geffrard, has been appointed to receive and coordinate mission groups in Haiti. To ensure there is no duplication of work or that mission groups are not taking on work that could provide income to families in Haiti, we’re working on a plan of action for guiding all mission groups. Please continue to check this page for updates, and contact Suzette Goss-Geffrard for information about mission trips to Haiti and how to support PC(USA) mission co-workers and church partners there.
Find details on other opportunities to take part in mission trips around the world and find ways help others through Christ’s love. Learn more
Christians in Haiti
Christians of Haiti face many challenges as they strive to be the body of Christ within the instability and poverty that affect their country. Our Haitian partners have prioritized their ministry and outreach efforts in the fields of education and health. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports the Christian witness to the people of Haiti through partner church relationships and mission personnel working within the ministries of our partners. We work alongside our Haitian partners in medical facilities, agricultural and environmental education, literacy, vocational training and community-based development.
Because a large number of mission groups visit Haiti each year, PC(USA) churches are learning a great deal from our Haitian partners about the power of uniting as Christ’s church. This learning runs from facing global issues that acerbate poverty and struggle, to recognizing the importance of mutual ministry and respect, to sharing in the strength of faith and praise.
Watch this three-and-a-half-minute video to stimulate conversation and reflection about the destruction and hope that Haitians endure as a result of the January 2010 earthquake.
"Beauty and Abundance," a pdf version of an interpretation slide show by Mark Hare about Road to Life Yard and Moringa project
A downloadable bulletin insert, "Hope for Haiti," describes the work of Mark Hare and partner
Episcopal Diocese of Haiti
This church first began its ministry in 1861 when James Holly, an American black minister born of free parents, immigrated to Haiti. Holly, who had had a parish in New Haven, Connecticut, went to Haiti with 110 black Episcopalians in search of a country where black people could be free from the racial prejudices of the United States. Since its establishment in 1874 the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti has always emphasized health and education. This is evidenced by the schools and health programs in almost every parish and by the number of programs that minister within the church: Hopital Sainte Croix, Saint Vincent's School for Handicapped Children, the Comprehensive Development Project (CODEP), Covenant Hospital of Mombin Crochu, St. Barnabas Agricultural School in Terrier Rouge and Holy Spirit Vocational School in Cap Haitian.
Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP)
Haiti's oldest and largest peasant association, MPP relates to PC(USA) through the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Since 1973 the movement has been working in the Central Plateau. MPP works in a number of areas: agricultural and husbandry development, women's groups, youth groups, literacy, organizational training for associations, farmers' associations, cooperatives, and micro-enterprise.
Haiti Mission Network
The Haiti Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
Learn more about Haiti
Visit the BBC country profile.
See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 48