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The Culture of Fear Fueling the Domnican Crisis

New migrant rules spur crisis along Haitian-Dominican border

Deportations in the Dominican Republic — Council on Foreign Relations

Haiti’s critical test — and ours  Miami Herald op-ed
Haiti faced a critical test when voters headed to the polls to cast ballots for the men and women who will serve in the next Parliament. The election, three years overdue, was the first of three to be held by December and will measure the nation’s ability to hold fair and transparent elections and self-govern.

UN envoy for Haiti urges: deportations should not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic

Marco Rubio wants U.S. to intervene in Haiti, Dominican Republic migration crisis

Dominican envoy to UK urges The Guardian to look deeper into Haiti-Dominican issue

IOM monitors migrant flows on Haiti-Dominican Republic borde

Press Statement — U.S. Dept. of State:
We urge the Dominican Republic to avoid mass deportations and to conduct any deportations in a transparent manner that fully respects the human rights of deportees. …. The United States will continue to actively monitor developments in the Dominican Republic, and engage the Government of the Dominican Republic to ensure the protection of human rights, encourage social inclusion of all people, and work to prevent the arbitrary deprivation of nationality for legal citizens.

Border Camps Forming as Dominican Republic Forces Deportations

Peace Corps volunteers unite for U.S. action on Dominican immigration policies

Dominican truckers block border crossings into Haiti

Thousands of Haitians are stuck in limbo in the Dominican Republic
AFTER MONTHS of bluster and confusion , Dominican Republic authorities for now seem to have quietly backed away from their ill-advised threat to expel more than 200,000 Haitian migrant workers….

Dominican Truckers Demand Guarantees of Safe Travel in Haiti
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Monday’s Binational Market Opens as Usual
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Haitian Authorities Impeding Repatriation of Some Immigrants
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Immigration Continues to Issue One and Two Year Permits
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Government Still Handing Out IDs, About 50,000 Didn’t Qualify 
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Repatriations Won’t Start Until Documentation Process Completed
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Crowd Calls for Deportations to Begin
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Tension and Tedium Reign in Lines at Regularization Office
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Washington Post: End Confusion, Rescind Threat of Mass Deportation  
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OAS Reports on Visit, Recommends Dialogue
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Dominican Government Rejects OAS Mediation
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Opinion: Try to Register More, Tighten Border and Promote Equality
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Severe deflation in Haiti
Haitians feel squeeze as domestic currency weakens against dollar

Caribbean issue divides Massachusetts lawmakers
Loyalties tested by fears Dominican may deport many of Haitian descent

The Forgotten Occupation: Remembering the U.S. Invasion of Haiti

Dominican Plan to Expel Haitians Tests Close Ties

The Dominican Time Bomb

CARICOM wants Dom Rep to protect the human rights of persons affected by constitutional Court ruling

Haití cierra su frontera afectando el mercado binacional
Mientras que en los alrededores del mercado y en la frontera ha sido apostado un amplio dispositivo militar

Prayer and action needed in the Dominican Republic—World Council of Churches
Hundreds of thousands of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing the risk of deportation

Dominican Churches seek changes to deportation policies

Page 3 of the newspaper Hoy, June 11 issue: recommendations of SSID (Social Services of Dominican Churches organization)

Food For the Poor-Haiti names Bishop Ogé Beauvoir as new executive director. Ordained as a priest by the Anglican Church of Canada, Beauvoirwas educated in Canada, thenreturned to Haiti where he worked as a leader in education before traveling as a missionary in Africa and the Middle East. 

Haití hace doble trastada a RD con recientes medidas
Gobierno haitiano reconoció que auspició la marcha

Man lynched in Dominican Republic as tensions run high
Human rights groups say it comes in context of ‘constant discrimination against Haitians’

Haiti: Clashes in protest over the high cost of fuel

Haiti Faces More Anti-Government Protests as Carnival Nears

Church leaders address statelessness in Dominican Republic
A court decision in the Dominican Republic annulling the citizenship of an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian ancestry has been strongly criticized by church leaders.—World Council of Churches

On fifth anniversary of earthquake, ministry in Haiti continues
Signs of progress—better roads, a modern airport, new small businesses opening—along with worries about the fragile government

A Shaky Recovery, Part I:
Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges
It’s been half a decade since a 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, and a tiny northern fishing village has its first electricity, illuminating both the nation’s recovery and the obstacles slowing its progress

A Shaky Recovery, Part 2:
Push to make Haiti an e-cash economy fell far short

A Shaky Recovery, Part 3:
Revival of Haiti’s withered coffee industry would boost rural livelihoods

Five Years Later: Where Did All the Haiti Aid Go?
Of the 1.5 million made homeless by the 7.0 magnitude quake, more than 80,000 still live under faded tents…

Building permanent housing remains Haiti’s biggest challenge following the 2010 earthquake

A glittering industrial park in Haiti falls short
A cornerstone of post-earthquake 'reconstruction,  the Caracol park is not living up to its backers' lofty promises

Outsourcing Haiti: How Disaster Relief Became a Disaster of its Own

In Haiti, political unrest is growing
Protesters calling for the resignation of Haiti President Michel Martelly clashed with national police officers.

Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground
Haiti once produced half the world's coffee.  Today Haitian coffee barely registers in global surveys....

Haiti's former dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier denied state funeral

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

More than 15,000 confirmed cases of chikungunya

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.

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. 

Dominican Episcopal Church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent: Hundreds of thousands face statelessness (Oct 25, 2013). Read more|

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  Moves Closer to Eradicating Elephantiasis

U.S.-based Haiti advocacy organizations hopeful after UN launches initiative to eliminate cholera from Haiti

New roadmap for NGOs in Haiti aims to "weed out bad apples"

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


Through the Eyes of Haitians

Haitian story project

A brother provides

A mother's strength

A Hospital for Léogâne

It takes an eco-village

     

Photos

       

Experience Haiti in video

Impact through seeds, sponsors: PDA and PHP

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Recovery continues in Haiti

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Haitian children playing a game

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Haitian tent school and church

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Work crews in Haiti clearing rubble

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Mother’s Day in Haiti - singing

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Mother’s Day in Haiti - playing

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News updates

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.

Haitian president salutes heroes 
Learn more about Haiti's Ancestor's Day

Haitians rebuilding Haiti
Read how your donations through the Presbyterian Haiti Response Team are at work in Haiti.

Read Facts and Figures about Haiti


Progress and challenges: stories from Haiti

Caring for Haiti’s kids
PC(USA)-backed ACT Alliance treats trauma, injuries round-the-cloc

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

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT.

Rebuilding Schools

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

 


Mission trips to Haiti 

Haitian people take part in rebuilding their homes. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT.

A mission co-worker, Suzette Goss-Geffrard,  has been appointed as partnership facilitator and coordinates mission groups in Haiti with PC(USA) partners. 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

Women Singing at Holy Trinity. Photo by Bob Ellis.

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.

Read a brief history of Haiti


Resources

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 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


Partner Church

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.

Partner Organizations

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.

FONDAMA
The FONDAMA network intends to “restore the Haitian environment toward food sovereignty and sustainability.” FONDAMA wants to secure food sovereignty through the promotion of family and cooperative agriculture. An agriculture that is organic and respectful of the environment so that the rights of future generations may be protected.

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of the James
Presbytery of the Peaks


Haiti Mission Network

For information contact Jo Ella Holman

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 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 62

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