Former Cite Soleil Student Returns to Combat Coronavirus
While we are sad to report that Haiti has announced its first two cases of the coronavirus, we couldn’t be prouder of Dr. Benoucheca Pierre who is part of the medical team caring for these patients. Benoucheca was in the first class at our Cite Soleil primary school almost 30 years ago! She went on to study in France, returned to Haiti to serve her country, and today is one of just a handful of Haitian doctors who have studied intensive care medicine. The seeds that were planted many years ago are bearing fruit today – a testament to why our work in the schools and communities in Haiti is so important. Please join us in praying for God’s protection for Benoucheca as she treats these patients and for all those who are at risk of its spread.
News Update From Our Executive Director
I am writing to update you on two significant changes that are affecting the ability of teams to travel to Haiti and serve with our ministry. On March 5th, the US State Department raised the Travel Advisory for Haiti to Level 4: Do not travel. This is due to the ongoing reports of crime, civil unrest, and kidnappings. The second issue is the concern about COVID-19 and its effect on health and travel throughout the world. As of this writing, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Haiti and our Haitian medical staff are educating themselves on coronavirus and are teaching basic handwashing and hygiene.
Because of these two factors a few teams have found it necessary to cancel their planned trips to Haiti. We are fortunate that we have been able to host teams and HOM leaders in Haiti since February 1st. They have had meaningful experiences. Our campuses are doing well. As one person said, “Rest assured, despite the craziness of the news here, things in Haiti just bump along like nothing is wrong.” To be sure, the people of Haiti are resilient.
The good news is that because we operate with an all Haitian staff, our churches, schools, and medical and dental clinic still operate. Even though we greatly miss the support, partnership, and work contributions of the US teams when they are unable to travel, our ministry continues to serve in Haiti. Here are a few highlights:
- Our three primary schools and our Barye Fe secondary school have been in session since December 2. Attendance is strong and our students are thriving.
- Of our 1,711 students in our four schools, 1,378 (80.5%) are sponsored by generous and caring supporters in the US. Of course, there is still the opportunity to sponsor the other 333 students.
- Construction on the last classroom building at the Repatriote primary school – pictured below – is going well. The classroom building is on schedule to open in September.
In closing, I want to say thank you for your wonderful support of the many aspects of our ministry. Because of you, we are able to continue in our vibrant ministry even in the face of difficulties. With so much going on I ask for you to continue to pray for the health and safety of the people of Haiti and for hope for the future. Please know of our prayers for all those affected by the coronavirus and for you as we all work for a brighter future.
Grace and Peace,
Gary W. Fulton
PS: The resources required to do our work in Haiti are quite substantial. Your donation now in any amount will make a very real difference in the lives of our Haitian brothers and sisters. Thank you.
A Gift of Food
Due to a generous gift from First Presbyterian Church of Saline, MI, we were able to distribute food to 443 students of the Cite Soleil primary school. Each student received one big can (about 7lbs) of rice, 2 packs of pasta and one and 1/2 liters of oil. This wonderful gift of food will provide much needed nourishment for these students and their families. HOM and MICECC will be able to provide more food to help nourish these students because of this gift! We are grateful for First Presbyterian Church of Saline and all of our mission partners who love the people of Haiti and have donated generously to this effort to help feed those most in need during these difficult times.
HOM/MICECC Emergency Food Relief
11/15/19 – As the unsettled situation and unrest in Haiti continue to cause disruptions in the daily life of so many, Pastor Profaite shared the good news that food was distributed from the HOM/MICECC churches in Cite Soleil, Terre Noire, and Repatriote this past week. A total of 2,277 people in need received food, including beans, rice, oil, and pasta. We are grateful for the wonderful response to our Emergency Food Appeal and your wonderful outpouring of love for the people of Haiti. This is just the beginning of our food relief efforts. Please continue to pray for Haiti. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can click here to make an online contribution.
Praying For Haiti
9/29/19 – The past couple of weeks have been difficult for Haiti as protestors have blocked many of the streets throughout Port-au-Prince (and much of the country), and largely shutting down travel. Haitians continue to face shortages of fuel and food. Our HOM/MICECC schools on our four campuses closed this past week and our medical clinic in Cite Soleil had to stop seeing patients on Wednesday and was closed Thursday and Friday. Two medical team trips and our economic development and pastoral leadership classes scheduled for early October had to be cancelled.
We are staying in constant contact with Leon, Profaite, Jacky, Nadege, and others in leadership in our ministry in Haiti to get the latest updates. While they report that the situation is difficult, they also tell us that they and our campuses are safe. Unfortunately, when our schools and the medical clinic are closed, the students do not receive the daily lunches and many people do not receive the medical care they need.
I ask that you join us in praying for the people of Haiti, for calm and peace, for availability of food and fuel, for stability, and for God’s grace, love, and presence to be known. We are grateful for God’s care and the many ways that we can be in ministry in Haiti. Thank you for joining us on this journey of faith as we serve with our brothers and sister in Haiti.
Grace and Peace,
Haiti Visit Report 4-17-2019
HOM Board Chair Chris Northup and Executive Director Gary Fulton were in Haiti April 11-13 to meet with our MICECC partners and visit our campuses. While there they had the opportunity to be present during the morning devotionals at the Terre Noire school and talk with two mission teams. The education and medical team from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC, and the Saint Francis medical team from Fort Wayne, IN, both gave enthusiastic reports of their time serving the people at Cite Soleil and Repatriate. We are grateful for their serving!
Watch our Team Participant Reports
On March 14, 2019, mission team participants share their experience in Haiti. Watch the latest videos on our YouTube Channel. Click on the YouTube icon at the top of our website.
Pastor Leon Perspective of Current Life in Haiti
Pastor Leon Dorleans, Founding Director, shares his perspective of current life in Haiti. This video was filmed on March 14. As you will see in his video, much of life has returned to “Haiti normal” and great work is being done. Even as some teams cannot travel to Haiti, the people of Haiti need our support and prayers.
Teams Visit Haiti
We are glad to report that three teams have visited Haiti in recent weeks doing construction projects and serving in the Medical Clinic. John Bruns led a team from Georgetown, Indiana, the week of March 12. They worked on various construction projects at the Repatriate campus. The Syria Church also did construction the week of March 22. Nikita Lindsay led a medical team the week of March 22, serving the Cite Soleil community. During the week Nikita reported, “We are having a great week in Haiti.” Her team did completed physicals on first graders at the Cite Soleil school, and saw many other patients in the clinic. We are grateful for the meaningful work done by each team.
Executive Director’s Haiti Visit Report
Gary Fulton, HOM Executive Director, made a quick trip to Haiti on Thursday, March 14, to visit Leon and Jacky Dorleans and our Haiti Outreach Ministries campuses. Gary writes, “Life seemed to be back to normal with lots of traffic and people on the roads. I visited two schools (Repatriote and Barye Fe) where students were in class. A mission team from Georgetown, IN was having a great experience working on projects at Repatriote. A lot of good things are happening in Haiti through Haiti Outreach Ministries and our mission partners. I hope and pray that Haiti will remain calm and the political situation stabilizes.”