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!

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

St. Andrew’s and Empire Haiti Coalition gearing up for Action H20

The people of St. Andrew’s are getting ready for our biggest Haiti fundraiser of the years. Haiti Mission team members are working hard on putting together ideas for our both at the event. This year’s event is focused around the theme of clean water. Our plan is still formulating, in and effort to raise money to purchase water filters, we hope to show how dirty water can be run through a simple device and produce clean drinkable water.  Get ready to try a sample. We will also have our new Haiti 2012 Calendar and note cards available for purchase. All the booths will have some type of water theme, from a dunking booth, where you may have a change to baptize your favorite member of the clergy to a hydroponic vegetable display, a water-tasting contest and a lucky ducky game for the kids. The event will feature many entertainers, including St. Andrew’s own Caroline Gregg and Dotti Johnson. Ms. Gregg a sophomore at Smith College, will perform the inspirational songs and will be accompanies by Dotti Johnson on the piano. Come and meet local TV personalities, Jessica Layton, Steve Ammerman and Chris Gloninger. Every attendee will receive a hand painted water glass to take home. Once again, we cordially invite you to spend an evening with fellow supporters to raise funds for our clean water projects in Haiti. The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, will be hosting “Rhythms of Hope—Working in Harmony to Help Haiti—Action H2O” beginning at 5:00 p.m. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of family fun to include music, food, auctions, and great activities for people of all ages. Come bring and friend and if you can’t please visit our website and give what you can. For more information on how you can buy a ticket or donate click here.

David Bagg: What I found in Haiti’s Central Plateau

This story was written by David Bagg who recently went Haiti's Central Plateau to help on two projects. He shares his impressions on what he found there both from the people of Haiti and within himself. Recently my father and I along with a small group from RPI went to Haiti with a goal to install solar panels in the small village of Lahoye and set up a hydroponics system for the village of Lascahobas. I was expecting that this trip would be full of great experiences, and our group would see and learn of a new culture and the many ways that it differs from the United States. I was not disappointed, and the trip really impacted me and altered my personal world view. The magnitude of the struggles that these people face, and overcome, on a daily basis is probably what impacted me the most. One small example can be seen every day when the kids gather for school. Each morning the kids would walk to school, usually in small groups, in clean and pressed uniforms that matched the school they would attend. The simple fact that every single child’s uniform was clean and pressed everyday was mind boggling. All of these kids are coming from homes with no power or water and in many cases dirt floors, yet every single uniform was shiny and wrinkle free every day I was there. Same thing can be said for church on Sunday. This is just one small example of overcoming challenges, obviously there were many other larger obstacles that needed to be tackled daily. It seemed like they were able to make something from nothing in almost any circumstance imaginable. I witnessed a strong sense of community full of people willing to help out their neighbors. One specific event that really touched me occurred when our group was building the solar tower in LaHoye. A team member had brought along some hard candies to give to the children, as it is a treat they don’t often receive. We were up on a tower installing the panels and all the kids had gathered around the tower after school, and my team mate pulled out a candy. The children, predictably, became very animated and started asking for us to toss it down to them and jumping around. So we did and this little girl, maybe 7 years old, came up with it out of the pile of kids who had jumped and scrambled for it. The next thing she did was really astonishing. She stuck the candy into her mouth, and immediately broke it into about 10 pieces and passed it out to all her friends and the people who wanted some. I’m not even sure if she kept any for herself, if she did it wasn’t much. My group mate and I just looked at each other and said “did you just see that”. This action was of course trivial, but I saw its spirit mirrored throughout our trip, whether it was with someone who needed a hand with chores or someone who needed food or a place to sleep. It really was a wonderful and moving experience to be immersed in such a different culture and to attempt to help them with some of the problems they face. We are fortunate enough to have some means and opportunity to do so, where as they really have none. What a great opportunity this was for our group and the people of Lahoye and Lascohobas. I would encourage anyone to help out in any capacity, as this is truly a great cause. If you are reading this today and were moved by what I have written, I hope that you will help us. Give what you can and help us bring hope to my new friends in Haiti. To donate Click here now!

Letter from Fr. Milor (July 2011)

The following is part of a letter from Fr. Jean Milor, the Priest in Charge of Christ the King Church and St. Jacques School in Lahoye Haiti. He is also the priest in charge of the six churches and school supported by the Empire Haiti Coalition. ---------------------------------------------- I hope the people of St. Andrew’s are well. I want to let you know all goes well at the school in Lahoye and we still have the canteen from World Vision for the children. We thank you for the additional funds to improve the canteen, it now includes beans and sauce. The new kitchen is working and it makes it easier now that the rain has come. I know how you are all working hard to get support in order to help the people of Lahoye. It was wonderful to be with my friends in New York and to have Edge and the students visit in May. The work they did is already helping. We continue to fight cholera in all of my churches and look for you continued help. God’s blessing Fr. Milor

Cholera is still in Lahoye and in the other five parishes

Cholera in Lahoye and the other five parishes We have found an IMMEDIATE NEED. With the rainy season, CHOLERA has returned with a vengeance. People in all six parishes have been infected and three people from the parish in Lahoye died while we were in Haiti. THEY NEED WATER FILTERS AND DISINFECTANT TABLETS NOW. The parishes are using the water filters we sent them and they work well. There are three issues: 1. Some families live far away from the school/church. When they need water right away they will sometimes go to another source. 2. When a person becomes infected, they have nowhere to go other than return to their home. 3. Some people who become infected don't have enough money to get a ride to the clinic for treatment. Fr. Milor is speaking to the lay leaders about four things: 1. At those parishes that have a clean source of water, encourage the children to bring a jug to school to fill it and bring it home. Unfortunately some schools do not have a source of clean water at the school. 2. Develop rainwater collection systems with any materials that may be available. The amount of materials available varies depending on how remote the parish is. 3. As filters become available, distribute them to families in such a way that several families can share them. 4. There has been education about cholera, however since 90% of education is re-education and some families have not been reached, continue with education programs. Cholera was expected to increase with the rainy season however, I did not expect this level of immediate need, with the probability that the problem will increase as the infection rate increases and the rainy season continues. As partners we share triumphs and difficulties. We give thanks for the triumphs of the Haitian people in all they have done. We pray for them as they face yet another challenge. If you would like to provide additional help please support our $1 A Day program and buy a ticket to our Project H2O event.

St. Andrew’s Leads Successful May mission trip.

In late May, a five-person Mission team from RPI and St. Andrew’s lead by Edge Bagg went to Lascahobas and Lahoye Haiti to install a hydroponic vegetable growth demonstration project in Lascahobas and a solar electric system at the St. Jacques School in Lahoye. The goal of the hydroponic vegetable project designed by PRI students was two fold, first to prove that with local seed plants and other items locally found in Haiti that you could create a sustainable hydroponic system and second that the system would help generate food for the students at the Holy Sprit School in Lascahobas. The students hope that the project will be duplicated at other locations. The solar electric project in Lahoye was sponsored by the people of St. Andrew’s and General Electric, who donated the solar panels. It was designed to provide the school/Church with the ability to use the facility for events after dark. The trip was successful despite unforeseen obstacles. The solar project at Lahoye has been completed despite the rain, high heat and shortage of materials, while the RPI hydroponics project was completed on a smaller scale due to lack of the right type of 55-gallon drums. The member of the team continued to strengthen our relationships with both parishes. Edge believes that we earned a newfound respect when the people of Lahoye witnessed the teamwork very hard for two solid days forgoing lunch to complete the project at Lahoye. The individuals from RPI learned a great deal about Haiti and the lives of the people in the real rural areas of the central plateau. While in Lahoye the team was able to see how the funds provide by St. Andrew’s were being used. The new kitchen that was funded by donations was up and staff were busy preparing the enhanced student lunch program.

A Note from our Team in Haiti May 29, 2011

Hello everyone,
All of the members of our team are happy and healthy. Our trip has been successful despite unforeseen obstacles. The solar project at LaHoye has been completed and the RPI Hydroponics project is being completed on a smaller scale. We have continued to strengthen our relationships. I believe that we earned a new found respect when we worked very hard for two solid days to complete the project at LaHoye. The individuals from RPI learned a great deal about Haiti and the lives of the people in the real rural areas of the central plateau. We have found an IMMEDIATE NEED. With the rainy season, CHOLERA has returned with a vengeance. People in all six parishes have been infected and three people from the parish in La Hoye died last week. THEY NEED WATER FILTERS AND DISINFECTANT TABLETS NOW. The parishes are using the water filters we sent them and they work well. There are three issues: 1. Some families live far away from the school/church. When they need water right away they will sometimes go to another source. 2. When a person becomes infected, they have nowhere to go other than return to their home. 3. Some people who become infected don't have enough money to get a ride to the clinic for treatment. Fr. Milor is speaking to the lay leaders about four things: 1. At those parishes that have a clean source of water, encourage the children to bring a jug to school to fill it it and bring it home. Unfortunately some schoos do not have a source of clean water at the school. 2. Develop rainwater collection systems with any materials that may be available. The amount of materials available varies depending on how remote the parish is. 3. As filters become available, distribute them to families in such a way that several families can share them. 4. There has been education about cholera, however since 90% of education is re-education and some families have not been reached, continue with education programs. Cholera was expected to increase with the rainy season however I did not expect this level of immediate need, with the probability that the problem will increase as the infection rate increases and the rainy season continues. As partners and as communities of God's children, we share triumphs and difficulties. We give thanks for the triumphs of the Haitian people in all they have done. We pray for them as they face yet another challenge. Faithfully from Haiti, Edge, Dave, Michael, Nelson and Yaroslava

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.