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Rice Imports Cause Harm in Haiti
The importing of foreign food into Haiti is a root cause of poverty. The Joining Hands network in Haiti identifies it as the focus of its advocacy campaign for 2016.— Cindy Corell
U.S. presses for Haiti runoff vote amidst fears of violence and fraud
Many in the country denounced the first round and one of the two candidates in a runoff set for Sunday has dropped out, making it a one-person race.
Postpone election; Haiti is not ready
No steps taken to ensure clean presidential election by Sunday
Second-place winner will not participate in runoff
U.S., allies should step in to help create process of integrity
It has become painfully clear that ignoring calls to postpone Sunday’s presidential elections in Haiti will incite street violence.
It is also apparent, regrettably, that going ahead with elections now will fail to produce a government that Haitians deem credible and legitimate
Deportations and violence have driven tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent from their homes in the Dominican Republic—while the world is silent
Showing Haiti on Its Own Terms
Young photographers reveal pride and beauty in a land where struggle is the norm.
American Missionary Killed, Child Kidnapped in Haiti
Roberta Edwards had lived in Haiti for many years and was the administrator of the SonLight Children's Home in the capital. At the time of her death she was caring for 20 children in her home and also running a nutrition center that fed 160 children twice a day
Secretary Kerry: Haiti’s Oct. 25 vote must happen
U.S. lawmakers want ‘free, fair and inclusive’ elections
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejects transition talk
The fate of U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti to be decided
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.
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.
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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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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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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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
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
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’
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…
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
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....
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.
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
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
Haitian story project
A brother provides
A mother's strength
Experience Haiti in video
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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