“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” -Jesus

Scholarships are one of the best ways to offer the chance for a new, abundant life. This Easter, we thank God for partners like you who help in such wonderful ways. Thank-you!

                     

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Shane Claiborne visit to Haiti

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April 16, 2014

Last week, we had the honor of receiving Shane Claiborne for a three day visit to Haiti. Below is a post he wrote about the experience on Facebook. Haiti Partners is so grateful to be able to call Shane our friend and partner!

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I’ve been a little quiet on the facebook, because I’ve been in Haiti this week, with very limited internet. I’m finally able to tell you a little about the trip – which has been something special.

First, a little about Haiti. It’s about the size of Maryland, but with over 8 million people, speaking mostly Creole. It’s often recognized as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, one of the poorest in the world. 80% of the population lives off of less than $2 a day, median income $60 a year. Only 10% of Haiti has electricity. Half the population lacks access to clean water. Average life expectancy is 50 years. Mostly Catholic, many Protestant, and a fair amount of Vodou. Only about 4% of the kids graduate high school. And of course the earthquake in 2010 killed roughly 200,000 people and left a million homeless… they are still recovering. One of the critical justice issues in Haiti is the “restavec” children – 300,000 kids used for labor, many of them terribly abused physically and sexually in a hidden, subtle slavery.

So that’s the tough side of Haiti.

But there is a beautiful side of Haiti, stunningly beautiful…I got to travel all over the little country this week speaking, and listening. I’ve been hosted by my dear friends at Haiti Partners, who I really want all of you to know about. They are doing some of the most incredible work in the world, combatting injustice and poverty with imagination.

I’ve been meeting with some of the sharpest leaders in Haiti – pastors, scholars, survivors of restavec childhood trauma, and entrepreneurs – I’ve seen some brilliantly innovative businesses, like composting toilets which we made good use of. I’ve heard the singing of familiar hymns, and moved to the beat, as we worshipped in Creole. I ate goat (not bad), drank from a coconut (better than the goat), and got beat in dominos. I’ve visited schools that hope to change the 96% dropout rate, and sat at the feet of wise-old farmers talking theology, dreaming of a day when everyone has enough. I was put to sleep at night by the rain as it drummed down on the tin-roof hut. It has been a magical time here in this troubled but hope-filled country.

A new Haiti is being born as we speak… and these folks are on the forefront.

 

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Haiti Partners makes WorldBlu Most Democratic Workplace list for 5th year!

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April 8, 2014

Haiti Partners is honored to be included on the WorldBlu Most Democratic Workplaces list 2014. WorldBlu is committed to spreading freedom-centered leadership and democratic practice in workplaces across the globe.

To learn more about this great organization, visit the WorldBlu website here.

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Great video from our partner Calvary Church

March 17, 2014
Erik Badger

Thanks to our friends at Calvary Church in Holland, MI, for putting together this great video with Laurie Poll and Sarah Genzink talking about the work we’re engaged in together. Each July for the last two years, Calvary has organized a group of educators to fly to Haiti from Michigan to spend a few days working closely with the teachers from our partner schools. Their attention to the needs our teachers express and the preparations they make in advance to make the trainings successful have been truly extraordinary. They are really exemplary partners!

Just last week, me and my colleague, Benaja Antoine, visited Michigan to see first-hand the methods our teachers have been trained in so that we can better support them to improve. As ever, our Calvary friends prepared a fun, productive visit.

Thank you to Laurie and Sarah and everyone from Calvary that has worked so hard to make this partnership a success. We look forward to seeing you again this July for the 3rd annual Teachers Summit!

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Children’s Academy 1st Anniversary Celebration a Great Success!

March 3, 2014

On February 23rd we celebrated the 1st anniversary of the Children’s Academy and Learning Center, our flagship school.  And what a great day it was!  Over 1500 parents, students, partners, community members and neighbors came out to celebrate the Academy’s first great year.  Benaja emceed, with help from Alex, John, Merline, Enel, and others.  The WOZO choir performed and partners were honored with framed photos.  There was music and dancing, and light refreshments were served to everyone.  The Micah scholars were there in numbers to enjoy the celebration and continue their apprenticeship with us.  It was truly a wonderful event!

At the center of the program, Patrickson – a local 18-year-old who has enthusiastically received training through our partnership with Extollo International – gave a speech about all he has learned through the Children’s Academy and how much he appreciated the education provided.

To view more photos from the event – including one of Patrickson – check out our Facebook page.

Thank you again for your support as we work toward our mission of helping Haitians change Haiti through education.

Erik Badger
Program Coordinator

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February 23 at 3 pm: Children’s Academy’s 1st Anniversary

Come join us at Baocia, Haiti, just 4 kilometers beyond Petion-Ville (after Marlique) for Children’s Academy’s 2nd Anniversary.

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Click here to learn more.

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Participatory Research at the Children’s Academy

Haiti: from tragedy to transformation?  – a video on participatory practice and research 
for community development and social change being conducted at the Children’s Academy

 

January 21, 2014
Erik Badger

Some time ago we posted a blog about “Fowom Foto” – “Photography Forum” – a project led by Jayne Engle-Warnick (John’s sister!) as part of her doctoral research at McGill University. I had the pleasure of working with Jayne on this – assisting her in the research as well as translating – last July when she came for a month to lead activities, do interviews, and follow up on the work she started the year before. It was really interesting. Jayne’s research is participatory, interactive, and fun! Together with a group of 12 Baocia residents we did social mapping activities, household  interviews, a community walking tour designed by participants, had great discussions about the images they were capturing in their community and what they meant, and we even went on a long walk up to the open air market at Greffen. We all had a really great time.

And that’s what makes Jayne’s research so interesting: instead of distancing itself from its subjects in order to make sense of them, it brings them closer through participatory activities so that they guide us in the process of trying to understand their lives, their community, and their hopes for the future.

HP and I are thrilled to be in partnership with Jayne. In the above video, Jayne describes her work. It’s a great video and we hope you like it. (For more depth, click here for the longer version.) Also, below you can view a slideshow from Jayne’s work, including a number of pictures taken by participants.

 

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MLK in Haiti – 2 minute video

January 20, 2014

In their studies and work with Haiti Partners, our Micah Scholars have been deeply inspired by the heroes of the civil rights movement. A few months ago they watched a documentary on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. together in Port-au-Prince. Since then, they’ve continued to discuss the lessons of Dr. King and the civil rights movement as work with Haiti Partners to mobilize churches to protect society’s most vulnerable, exploited children.

So Martin Luther King Jr. day seems like a great day for you to meet Erwin, Brunel, Resilia, and all 37 of our Micah Scholars!

Here they are in a 2-minute video. As we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy in the U.S. and around the world, we’re also inspired to work all the more for justice.

With a dream,

Kent&John

 

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Four Years Later…

January 12, 2014

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The losses, especially of loved ones, continue indeed to be painful. Yet we’re also inspired by so many Haitians who continue to side with hope.

Thank you for continuing to side with hope too.

In this video, our Haiti Partners’ Wozo Choir sings a song remembering those who lost their lives.

May God’s grace and mercy continue to be with Haiti, with all the families who suffered loss, with those continuing on, with all of us who side with justice.

Sincerely,

The Haiti Partners team

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We Made the Match! Thank You!

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Last month, thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, Haiti Partners was able to offer a dollar-for-dollar match on all gifts up to $50,000. Now that we’re into January, we’ve been able to tally the total gifts and … we made our goal! The total stands at $52,700.34 which brings in the $50,000 match, making a grand total of over $100,000 for the month!

This is truly a wonderful show of support for education in Haiti. Thank you to everyone who contributed last month (or otherwise!). We look forward to staying in touch and sharing with you news of all the great work your support is making possible!

With gratitude,

The Haiti Partners team

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Stories of Gratitude Luncheon – Sold Out!

The Stories of Gratitude Luncheon is officially sold out! We are so grateful for the great interest around this event. If you were unable to get tickets in time, we encourage you to consider coming to Educate & Celebrate. To learn more, click here.

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Happy New Year! (& last day of matching grant)

December 30, 2013

As we look forward to the work ahead for Haiti Partners in 2014, we pray the New Year is filled with peace and hope for you and your loved ones. To celebrate, we’ve included here a 2-minute video of our Haiti Partners’ Wozo Choir singing beautifully for you.

We also invite you to consider an end of the year gift to help Haitians change Haiti through education. A generous partner gave a $50,000 matching grant. If you give today, your gift will be doubled!

With much gratitude…we wish you a Happy New Year!

John, Kent, & all of us at Haiti Partners

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Benefits to End-of-Year Giving

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December 29, 2013

Did you know that 22% of all annual charitable giving happens on 30-31 December? The reason for this is tax incentives that must be recorded before the end of the calendar year in order to apply toward the coming tax season. For example:

  • Lower your income taxes by deducting charitable gifts (charitable gifts are 100% deductible)
  • Up to 50% of adjusted gross income can be deducted
  • Gifts of stocks or bonds are also fully deductible
  • Avoid federal capital gains tax with gifts of stocks or bonds

We hope if you’re thinking of giving at this year-end that you’ll consider Haiti Partners. With our December matching grant, the timing couldn’t be better to give now and double your impact!

Thank you!

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Merry Christmas – with a song for you!

December 24, 2013

As we mark God’s love being with us in Jesus, we’re filled with gratitude and hope. We’re deeply blessed to have friends and partners like you.

Here is Haiti Partners’ Wozo Choir singing a song for you.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Haiti Partners!

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Thank You & Matching Grant Opportunity!

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Three year old Jeffka Day is receiving an excellent education for her first year of preschool
thanks to support from people like you!

December 19, 2013

As Christmas and the New Year approaches, we want to thank you for making so many good things happen as part of the Haiti Partners story this year!

To see more about what we’ve accomplished and how you can continue to help in meaningful ways, we invite you to view our annual report.

We also invite you to make a special gift in support of Haiti Partners’ work. There’s an extra incentive – a matching grant of $50,000 that doubles every dollar you give!

We’re thankful for this season to remember God with us. We’re thankful for the good work that we’re achieving together in Haiti through education.

Peace,

Kent&John

Kent & John, Co-directors

 

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