He has told you, 0 mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
The Haiti Relief Team (“HaRT”) is a Christian ministry nurturing and seeking immediate and lasting improvements in the lives of children in need in Haiti. HaRT is led by parishioners of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and is open to all.
HaRT works in concert with the Haiti Micah Project (“HMP”) through its children’s feeding and education program in Mirebalais, Haiti, and:
Sponsors individual children, providing funds to secure their most basic needs of food, water, shelter, clothing, medical care, education and laughter.
Provides financial, in-kind (goods, materials) and on-the-ground volunteer support to meet other needs of the children and their immediate community, as those needs are identified from time-to-time by HMP and HaRT.
Prays for the people of Haiti and the Haiti Micah Project and invites the St. Thomas congregation to pray for them as well.
Communicates about conditions in Haiti to the St. Thomas congregation and our community-at-large.
The Haiti Micah Project
The work of the Haiti Micah Project is consistent with HaRT’s mission. HMP and HaRT have a strong and ever-strengthening relationship.
The Haiti Micah Project is a non-profit Christian organization inspired by the teachings of the Hebrew prophet, Micah, who implored us “to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” HMP invokes the call of Micah, seeking justice for the weak and vulnerable and rights for the destitute. It does this by serving and educating impoverished children in Haiti.
Specifically, we support and work with the Haiti Micah Project because it has an established, well-regarded feeding and education program delivering excellent results at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and School in Mirebalais; it is relatively small, which affords the opportunity for a
meaningful and intimate relationship between our HaRT community and the HMP community in Haiti; it is led by Fr. Joseph Constant, who, in addition to having founded and worked tirelessly in support of HMP, is a trusted friend of Fr. Ken Brannon, our St. Thomas rector; and its needs are great and there is much to be done.
HaRT’s Funding and Workings
At this time, HaRT’s funding arises solely from its donors and HaRT receives no funding from St. Thomas Church. HaRT undertakes no obligations that it cannot support from its fund. 100% of funds, goods and donated to HaRT go to supporting the children of Haiti and their community. All volunteer travel to Haiti to support the Haiti Micah Project and its programs is funded by the volunteer or his or her own efforts.
HaRT welcomes your support any time. The most effective support you can offer is to sponsor a child in the Haiti Micah Project. The cost is $300 for one child per year, and covers food, education and medical and spiritual care. Please fill out a St. Thomas Sponsorship Form and send it with your donation (made out to St. Thomas Church, with “Haiti Sponsor” in the memo line) to the St. Thomas Church office. Contact Helen Morgus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Art Dahl (email@example.com) if you have questions or would like to become part of the team!
A History of St. Thomas HaRT’s Work in Haiti [Haiti Relief Team]
Prayer for Haiti (links to a PDF of the Prayer)
Other Organizations in Haiti (links)
· Partners in Health is the organization founded by Dr. Paul Farmer. In Haiti, it is known as Zanmi Lasante, and began with a clinic in Cange, not far from Mirebalais in the mountains of the Central Plateau. It now encompasses several community development initiatives, including a teaching hospital in Mirebalais — http://www.pih.org/country/haiti
· Hospital Albert Schweitzer is a hospital and community development organization in the nearby Artibonite Valley. It was founded in 1947 by Dr. Larry and Mrs. Gwen Mellon. — http://www.hashaiti.org/
· Fonkoze is Haiti’s largest microfinance organization. They empower women and men to rise out of poverty. Fonkoze hosts trips a few times a year, to visit the projects they are funding throughout Haiti. — http://www.fonkoze.org/