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PDA Response in Haiti

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A new home for a Haitian family. Photo by Bob Ellis.

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Recovery in Haiti

In Haiti, children attend school and homes are being rebuilt following the January 2010 earthquake. Rubble remains, a reminder that recovery takes time.  In this video clip Willys Geffard, from PDA’s partner CRWRC (Christian Reformed World Relief Committee) in Haiti,  reflects upon the progress of ongoing house rebuilding programs and the hope and determination of the Haitian people."


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A boy looks out from his tent home following the earthquake. Many survivors are living in tents in this park in Petionville, Haiti. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance.

Situation Reports

Small Miracles: Some of God’s tiniest creations – seeds – are producing big changes in Haiti.  Story by Jessica Reid about the importance of agriculturally sustainable practices.

Having an Impact: Presbyterian Response in Haiti, by Jessica Reid, from the recent PDA Mission Mosaic

Earthquake response continues with PC(USA) mission partner the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti – report by Bob Ellis, Coordinator of PC(USA) International Health and Development

Haiti Earthquake Response Statistics – see how your generous gifts have been at work in Haiti.

Praying for Haitians a year after the quake

MPP reports on response to January earthquake, Hurricane Tomas, and cholera outbreak: final disbursement of emergency phase supplies; beginning rehabilitation activities; first harvest of vegetables to come in December.

Hurricane Tomas leaves many living in muddy water; PDA partners are providing clean drinking water, latrines and showers.

Hurricane Tomas flooded Léogâne, displacing many who were living in tents because of the January earthquake. The response is concentrated on reducing the threat of cholera.

November 5, 2010 – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and our partners in Haiti have been closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Tomas and have plans to address the after effect of the storm.

October 26, 2010 - PDA is responding to the cholera outbreak; hygiene is key to prevention

October 20, 2010 – Holy Cross Hospital in Leogane restores inpatient services, receives PC(USA) help with rebuilding - report from Bob Ellis, coordinator of the International Health & Development Ministries office of the PC(USA)

July 2010 – Six months after the quake, PDA continues to work with partners on several initiatives

July 2010 – Read a report of the coordinated response of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to the recovery of the people of Haiti – six months out.

May 17, 2010 — Haitian children return to school (includes photo gallery)

April 8, 2010 — Dignity not a mere watchword in Haiti

April 8, 2010 — PDA continues to respond and is deploying staff

Haiti earthquake report archive

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For videos and photographs from the Haiti Response Team during the early years following the 2010 earthquake, visit the Haiti Response Team Postings page

Video minute for mission – update on activity where the PC(USA) is involved in earthquake relief and recovery in Haiti

Slideshow by Christian Aid, a co-member of ACT Alliance, commemorating the January 2010 Haitian earthquake, and reflecting prayers of the survivors.

Video by ACT Alliance  featuring Paul Jeffrey's photos from the early weeks following the January earthquake. Music by Viva Rio.

Powerpoint slideshow on our response to Haiti (zipped file)

Radio Interview - Presbyterians Dedicated to Helping Haiti in Long Term, from WFPL, public radio in Louisville, Ky.

Print resources

Walking with Haitians – Walking with Christ: help your congregation learn about Haiti, understand its history, and find ways to help. This resource is under development, and additional sessions will be added as they become available.
Session one | Session two | Session three

Haiti brochure – Learn about Haiti: statistics, historical notes, information about culture and religions, PC(USA) partnership and projects, key issues and situations, what you can do, prayer, bibliography.

Middle Governing Body Matching Grants
Middle governing bodies with earthquake recovery projects in Haiti, and congregations working through their middle governing body may use this application. Please read the guidelines before beginning the application process. Note that these grants are offered to support PC(USA) Middle Governing Bodies in their earthquake recovery projects in partnership with local Haitian partners only. Non-PC(USA) organizations and corporations, are not eligible for this process.

PC(USA) Resources and Networking Possibilities – information about how to stay connected with PDA and other ministries involved with the response in Haiti.

Thumbnail of poster. Photo: of a woman carrying a bucket on her head. Text: Give, Act, Pray

Poster — Lord, when was it that we saw you? 11x17 poster available for download and print

Bulletin insert: with images; without images for quicker printing

Around the Moringa Tree: A Bible Study Curriculum — a study for children, this resource introduces the amazing Moringa Tree and how it provides nutrition, sustenance and health for many hungry people in God’s world. One of the places Moringa is at work is in Haiti, where PC(USA) mission co-worker Mark Hare works with the Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP). Reproducibles and a DVD with a video segment to use with each of the five lessons are included. $10, Item# 2541207022

External links and resources

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Prayers and devotion

We pray for Hiati – prayer prepared by Bruce Reyes-Chow, Gradye Parsons and Linda Valentine

Praying with and for the People of Haiti – materials for personal prayer or congregational liturgy, by David Gambrell for the Office of Theology and Worship

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Helpful Links

Find Haiti Response Team information on Facebook

World Mission — Information on PC(USA) work and partnerships in Haiti.

Mission Connections — Information and letters from PC(USA) mission co-workers in Haiti.

PC(USA) Haiti Mission Network

PresbyTel answers your questions about the PC(USA). Call (800) 872-3283 to talk to a PresbyTel consultant.

External links and resources


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Upcoming Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Events

PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

PDA Advisory Committee

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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