In February 2012, Ted Cassidy and I teamed up with a group from Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama to help build a running water system and plant a garden in the city of Thomazou, Haiti (you can read about my experience here). I met an old friend of our community by the name of Father Pierre Valmar or Pere Val as he is called by his friends. He is an extraordinary man with an even more extraordinary community that reaches across several suburbs and villages of Haiti. He has been working tirelessly for the better part of 30 years to bring health, education, and faith to his people in Haiti. I am a witness to what his ministry has done for so many and I assure you that the money we have been sending to him has produced wonderful fruit.
Easter With Haiti is our campaign to help Pere Val accomplish what I would argue is his opus. Over the past several years St. Paul's church and a number of churches from the diocese of Alabama, South Carolina, and Missouri have been working to build the Lespwa Timoun nutrition clinic in Criox de Bouquet, Haiti. It promises to be a place where people from all over Haiti can come for clean water, medicine, and nutritious food. Currently, the clinic is being operated out of a leased property, however, they will be leaving that site in October. Time is of the essence not only because of the expiring lease but because unfinished structures in Haiti have a tendency to crumble.
Haiti Serve has promised a matching grant of $60,000. This Easter we are working to match that grant! If you would like to be apart of completing the Lespwa Timoun clinic, please send your contributions to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church offices with 'Easter With Haiti' in the memo line (the address is below). 100% of the proceeds will be sent directly to Haiti and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Please pray for this wonderful ministry and consider contributing to the cause.
Make Check payable to:
St Paul's Episcopal Church
116 N. Academy Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
memo: Easter With Haiti