Container of Supplies is Off to Haiti!

At 6:40 a.m. Friday, May 24 everything was in place!  The container was an estimated 8 tons!  It is now off to Haiti. On Wednesday evening, member of St. Andrew’s, St. Paul’s, To Love a Child, RPI and others from the Empire Haiti Coalition gathered at the RPI Technology Park to load the 20 foot long container with supplies for all of the six churches and schools the Coalition supports, plus some additional supplies for two orphanages and a homeless shelter.
The container once unload will become a daycare and early learning center. Member of the empire Haiti Coalition and RPI students that designed the daycare center will travel to Haiti in August to help distribute the supplies and complete the daycare center project. Thanks to the work done by the St. Andrew’s-St. Paul’s Partnership more than 250 notebooks, 6 water coolers, 600+ pens/pencils, a copier/printer, 5 bikes, tarps, microphones, music amps and various musical instrument are on their way to our partners in Lahoye. One very special item and the  last thing to be loaded in to the container was a wonderful drum set donate by Nancy Kelly’s son Peter an RPI grad. This item was one that we never thought we would find and It was nice to have Peter’s sister Laura there to help send it off. Many thanks to all who have help make this project such a success. One more very important note. The April Book Sale in the Shop, at 10 and 25 cents a book, raised nearly $400 for the Haiti partnership. They plan to expanded the number of these sales in the coming year from two to four!

My thoughts on Haiti – By Kate Storms

I have traveled the world, from Africa to Central America, but I have never been so struck by beauty, poverty, fear and hope as that I experienced in Haiti.  I am still processing all that I have seen in my short time there and reflecting on the wonderful friendships I have started.
  I went there for a number of reasons. Chiefly among them being: to do some fact-finding for the people of St. Paul’s and to continue a partnership with the parish of Christ the King in Lahoye that our church had begun supporting last year.  I was the first person from St. Paul’s to visit the main parish of the Holy Spirit in Lascahobas and its satellite parish in Lahoye. From my perspective, there are so many challenges that the average person faces every day. Everywhere I looked I could see a need unmet or a task that needed to be done. Yet by just being there I could see the hope that my presence brought to our partners.  I spent a number of days visiting with teachers, parents and children at a number of satellite schools run by Fr. Milor and was amazed with how little they had to work with.  They lack most of the basic material items that we use each day, but came to school cleaned and pressed to share an inspiring greeting. One of the greatest experiences that I was able to share with the teachers and children was the gift of music.  I brought fifty plastic recorders with me and was lucky enough to play and start the process of teaching teachers and children to play these simple instruments.  Music is such a large part of the spiritual life in Haiti, and it was a pleasure I will not soon forget.  In addition, I was moved by close harmony female singing in several church services.
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Kate Storms in Lahoye

As I continue to process what I have experienced and come to terms with it, I have been able to determine that there is so much more that we can do to expand and build our partnership.  Some of those things are very small, other will take a lot more time and effort to achieve.  Like my new friends in Haiti, I share their hope that through this partnership we can improve their daily lives and they in return can provide us with the lasting spirit of God’s grace. Kate

Haiti Mission Partnership update -Time to collect items to send to Haiti

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Franz Flamand the Head Master and Lay Leader at St. Jacques School in Lahoye Welcome Kate Storms from St. Paul's Albany on her first trip to Lahoye.

Thanks to Empire Haiti Coalition, To Love a Child and students at RPI, the St. Andrew's - St. Paul's Haiti partnership with Christ the King parish in Lahoye Haiti, we will have an opportunity to ship a number of supplies to Haiti in May. The supplies will be loaded into a cargo container and shipped to Haiti. We have just received a list of supplies that Fr. Jean Milor and the lay leaders are hoping we can send. For the church they would like: electronic keyboard, 2 microphones, 1 electric guitar 2 speakers, a full set of drums, shirts, pants for the faithful of the church, new tennis sneakers and shoes. For the school they would like: metallic binders, glue for students, one photocopy machine, soccer balls, tennis sneakers for children, new toys for preschool students,  general school supplies for students and bikes for the teachers. (we have four and need two more) They still need uniforms for 150 students whose families cannot afford the $30 it will cost to buy them. It will costs each partner in the coalition a minimum of $500 to help defray the cost of shipping. Once the cargo container is emptied and the supplies distributed the container will be turned into a school for small children by RPI students at one of the parishes Fr. Milor serves. Last year the cargo container was turned into a medical clinic. If you would like to help donate items to the cause we will have two buckets set-up in the church or you if you wish to make a contribution you can give a check to St. Andrew's with "Haiti Mission Cargo" on the memo line or you can use a credit card at www.stashaitipartners.org/donate. If you would like to take an active part in our Haiti Partnership please contact Rob Lilpopp at roblillpop@aol.com. Thank YOU!!
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A parent prepares a lunch for students using supplies sent in last years cargo container

 

Bishop Duracin visits Albany as part of Haiti Partnership

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Bishop Duracin Preaching at St. Andrew's

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Rev. Mary White and Bishop Duracin pose in front of banner made by children in Lahoye Haiti for the children in Albany.

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Deacan Nick, Albany's Bishop Love, Rev. Mary White and Bishop Duracin at St. Andrew's Carmichael Hall November 18, 2012

The Right Reverend Jean Zaché Duracin, Diocesan Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti was the special guest at a benefit luncheon for the people of Haiti on November 16th, and at Sunday Services help at St. Andrew's Church in Albany November 18th, 2012. The luncheon was held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Following a time of food and fellowship, Bishop Duracin and a representative of the Empire Haiti Coalition gave presentations about the country of Haiti, its challenges, and how we can help. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is the largest diocese in the Episcopal Church, yet it is also the poorest. The country has been hit by many hurricanes and tropical storms in recent years and was devastated by two serious earthquakes in January of 2010. There is great need in this country, and all proceeds of the luncheon and the Sunday offering went towards relief and mission work there. Blog Small5

Event Marks One Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

(Albany) -  January 12, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Leaving an already impoverished Caribbean country with 250,000 casualties and two million people affected throughout the country. Now after Hurricane Thomas, more than 10,000 people are affected by the sudden outbreak of cholera, which has claimed thousands of lives and as of this date, and has not yet reached its peak.

 

Yet with all that Haiti has endured, there are many signs of hope.

 

In order to celebrate that hope and to raise awareness and funding to support relief, a group of area churches and not-for-profits working in Haiti are sponsoring -                                                     Rhythms of Hope — Working in Harmony to Help Haiti”.

 

The evening will celebrate those who have survived to rebuild Haiti and remember those that lost their lives. The event takes place at the Cathedral of All Saints, Swan St. Albany, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and boasts an evening filled with a wide variety of musical talent, food, auctions, and inspirational stories and activities specifically designed to raise awareness, educate and motivate the expected 400+ guests.

 

The Entertainment Features:

  • The Agape Gospel Singers
  • Youth Chorale for Haiti - singing the newly composed song “To Haiti”
  • The Reverberators
  • The Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of Albany
  • The Reverend Jean Milor Medela from Lascahobas, Haiti
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choir
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church Choir
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church Praise and Worship Chorus
  • And many more distinguished guests

 

Together, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and To Love a Child, Inc. working with RPI's Engineers for a Sustainable World, form a local partnership that assists an orphanage and four schools and churches in Haiti. They reach over 1,000 children and touching thousands of other adults. The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities.

 

Tom Holland the leader of the Reverberators, the featured band for the event has composed an new song that will be performed by the Youth Chorale and later by all the choirs. The band contribute their talents several times a year to efforts that help people who are less fortunate, playing at Gilda’s Place and the Children’s Cancer Ward at Albany Med. Many of their songs tell stories about; being away from home, missing family and friends, reflecting on growing up, grieving for loved ones, hoping for the best for the future. Yet they would tell you, the poignancy in the songs doesn’t begin to match the unimaginable things the people of Haiti go through every day.

 

Tickets are available  at all locations or on the website at www.RhythmsofHope.org:

Honorary Committee     $50                   Adults   $15

Students and Seniors    $10                   Families (with children under 18) $30

 

For more information visit the website www.RhythmsofHope.org

St. Andrew’s to co-host Rhythms of Hope for Haiti

Come Be a Part of a Celebration of Life in Haiti January 12, 2011 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

The Cathedral of All Saints

One year after the devastating earthquake we will remember all they have endured and we will continue to pray and support our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

Please join us for an inspirational evening

of great music, food, inspirational stories, auctions and

other exciting activities as we celebrate those that have survived to rebuild Haiti and honor those that have lost their lives.

Featuring:

The Right Reverend William H. Love IX, Bishop of Albany The Agape Gospel Singers Youth Chorale for Haiti singing the newly composed song “To Haiti” The Reverberators Father Jean Milor Medela from Haiti St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choir St. George’s Episcopal Church Choir St. John’s Episcopal Church Praise and Worship Chorus And many more distinguished guests and clergy Tickets available at all locations below:

Honorary Committee $50 Adults $15

Students and Seniors $10 Families (with children under 18) $30

To purchase tickets click here.

SUNY Albany hosts Haiti’s post-disaster recovery and rebuilding Dec 2nd

A free presentation on what has been accomplished since the January 12 quake in Haiti and the road that lies ahead will take place Thursday, December 2nd at 5 p.m. in the Standish Room of the Science Library on the uptown campus . Travelling from Haiti, representatives from the Peasants’ Association SOKONAPA, Christophe Rodrigue and Josue Andre will report on recovery and rebuilding. SEKONAPA is a Haitian organization that works to advance the rural peasant movement across all of Haiti. Professor Loretta Pyles from the School of Social Welfare who has been active with SOKONAPA in post-disaster Haiti, will report on some of the work done to date; Katie Moffet, U/Albany alum just returned from Haiti will share her perspectives. http://haitirewired.wired.com/profiles/blogs/sekonapa-and-sunnyalbany The Haitian peasant movement began in remote rural communities at the end of the Duvalier dictatorship in the late l980’s, growing to extend its membership to other parts of the country: it is now a national movement that seeks to prioritize peasant visions for recovery and rebuilding. The School of Social Welfare’s Community and Public Service Program brought expertise from the University at Albany to Haiti following the January disaster. Professor Pyles who directs the program has conducted research on global economic justice and the policies and community practice interventions that can facilitate it. Her interventions include community organizing and civic engagement in African American communities in post-Katrina New Orleans. She is the author of Progressive Community Organizing: A Critical Approach for a Globalizing World (Routledge, 2009).

In addition to the program above on  Wednesday, December 1, at the Pastoral Center,

Post-Disaster Community Development in Haiti

Christophe Rodrigue and Josue Andre

(Association of Peasants of Fondwa),

and Loretta Pyles, PhD (Univ. at Albany, SUNY)

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

7:30 pm

At the Pastoral Center

40 N. Main Avenue, Albany

(between Western & Washington Aves.)

Contacts: Eloise Briere, French and Francophone Studies, LLC tel: 518-442-4103; e-m: ebriere@albany.edu Angelica Izzary, Latin American and Caribbean Studies : em: ai378614@albany.edu Joane MacMillan, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, tel. 518-442-4100 This event is free and open to the public

St. Andrew’s Holds Dinner to Help fight Cholera in Haiti – November 5, 2010

Albany – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 10 North Main Ave, is pleased to announce that on Friday, November 5, at 6 p.m. they will host a dinner to benefit the people of Central Haiti. The proceeds of the dinner will be used to purchase supplies to help fight the spread of cholera in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

Currently, 3,600 people are affected by the sudden outbreak of cholera, which has claimed hundreds of lives and as of this date has not yet reached its peak. This week we were able to speak with our partners who live in Lascahobas. They have two identified cases there. They believe that Lahoye, which is near the area where most recent cases have been reported, is vulnerable. St. Andrew’s has a partnership with St. Jacques School and Christ the King parish in Lahoye.

St. Andrew’s is working with To Love a Child, Inc., St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy to assists an orphanage, five schools and churches in Haiti. They reach over 1,000 children and touching thousands of other adults. The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities.

The evening will feature a simple meal created from a number of commonly served Haitian recipes.  Children will be able to make Haitian themed craft items. In addition, a limited number of Haitian hand-painted crafts will be available for purchase during the event.

Although dinner is free to the public, a good will offering will be requested from those who attend and all proceeds will be used to purchase and send water purification supplies to Haiti.

The dinner is part of a long-term effort by the St. Andrew’s Haiti partnership to help the people of Haiti’s central plateau. The key component of that effort is the “$1 A Day for Haiti” program. We cannot exaggerate the scope of last year’s earthquake in an already fragile place like Haiti.

To learn more about the St. Andrew’s Haiti Partnership visit our website at www.stashaitipartners.org or http://www.adollarforhaitifund.org

For more information about the dinner or about how you can help the people of Central Haiti call (518) 489 4747 or e-mail us at ParishOffice@StAndrewsAlbany.org.

Media Contact: Rob Lillpopp

Phone: 518-937-8206 E-mail: rob.lillpopp@bcnys.org

Community health agents meet with Project Medishare medical staff to further discuss cholera prevention and education campaign

Jennifer Browning writes on the Project Medishare blog about the latest efforts to fight the spreed of Cholera in Haiti's Central Plateau - "Forty community health agents gathered at the Project Medishare office in Thomonde today to hand out water purification tablets and oral rehydration solution to community health agents. The health agents will distribute these items to those in their community reminding them how important it is they follow specific prevention guidelines. Project Medishare doctors, like Dr. Malou Phanord, reinforced the prevention guidelines. Federick Fanel, a health agent with Partner’s In Health’s sister organization, Zanmi Lasante, was also invited to attend to help spread the word in the community. Fanel, who is also a teacher in Thomonde, said he learned much at the meeting. “They not only reinforced the importance of boiling and treating water, but also how important it is to disinfect the latrines. In rural Haiti, there are many people without latrines, so it is important that we instruct them how to properly build a pit latrine by digging a deep hole, and more importantly covering it properly after use.” Fanel said that he also learned how to instruct others on how to make their own oral rehydration solution, if they did not have any of the ready-made packets on hand. During the meeting Dr. Phanord also stressed to the health agents how important home visits were at this time. “Home visits are even more important today, because there may be some who have symptoms and stay at home,” she said. Should a health agent notice a person with cholera symptoms, Dr. Phanord gave specific instructions on what the health agent should do. Because cholera severely dehydrates its victim, it can kill within hours. “If someone has diarrhea as a symptom, before you take them to the hospital, it is important to immediately start giving them the rehydration solution,” Dr. Phanord told the health agents. “This will help them stay hydrated on their way to the hospital. Many of the deaths in Artibonite were on the way to the hospital, because they were not able to hydrate before leaving for the hospital.” She then talked about how it was necessary for all the water people used to be purified. “It is important to tell them to use these purification tablets to not only purify the water they drink, but all water,” she said. “They must treat the water they bathe in, the water where they wash their dishes and their clothes. It is a lot of effort, but it is very necessary!” To find out more click here.  To donate click here.

Local organizations help Haiti fight cholera

This from reporter Steven Pacer of WTEN TV-10 Albany - "It's a race against time in Haiti to stop a cholera outbreak from killing any more people. Currently, nearly 300 people are dead and thousands more are infected. "Every time we turn around, something else happens," said Robert Lillpopp, who works with St. Andrews Mission for Haiti and the group "$1 a Day for Haiti." Local organizations have spent years helping Haiti, that help only magnified by January's massive earthquake. Scott Underhill, who works with "To Love a Child" went to Haiti, and tested the water back in April. He says even then it was contaminated and puts things in perspective for us living in the U.S. "There hasn't been a case of cholera in America in 100 years," said Underhill. The waterborne disease can be deadly within hours, but can be stopped with simple fixes like iodine and chlorine tablets. It's just one small gesture for thousands in a country who have faced one devastating setback after another. "There's a lot of joy. Despite all the tragedy you see," said Underhill. "There's a lot of joy on the kids faces, the people's faces when they see us coming down they're very grateful for the help." Both "To Help a Child" and "St. Andrew's Haiti Mission" plan on raising funds to get water decontamination supplies to Haiti within the next 2 weeks. "We're really hoping that people in the Capital District can help us help them get these much needed water purification tablets to them as soon as possible," said Lillpopp. If you'd like to help you have an opportunity on Friday, November 5th. A dinner is being held at St. Andrew's church on Madison Avenue in Albany from 6 to 8 pm. All the proceeds will go to Haiti to help fight cholera.  You can find all the info here.   To donate click here.