ST. PAUL’S GLOBAL MISSION
In 2014, four members of St. Paul’s traveled to Léogâne, Haiti on a medical and educational mission with the Parish of the Epiphany. Over the past six years, eleven parishioners have traveled on seven different mission trips, developing ongoing partnerships with multiple organizations in Haiti. Since 2014, we have applied for and received multiple grants through the Episcopal Diocese of MA, plus designated our own fundraising to support these organizations, donating over $50,000 over the past six years.
FSIL: NURSING TRAINING
The Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Léogâne de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti or FSIL) is the first four-year baccalaureate school of nursing in Haiti. In 2015, FSIL was ranked as the top nursing school in the country by the Ministry of Public Health. With a 93% score for meeting the objectives and outcomes for higher nursing education, FSIL has become a model for nursing schools in Haiti. Our interest in the school started by meeting Dean Hilda Alcindor, who has been running the school since its beginning. Dean Alcindor visited St. Paul’s in December of 2014 through a grant.
St. Paul’s has made multiple trips to the nursing school, staying at their guest house, and getting to know students and faculty. During these trips we have organized their library of nursing and medical textbooks, provided clinical instruction at mobile medical clinics, given lectures and classroom instruction at the school, and built a garden on the school grounds.
FSRL: PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRAINING
In 2015, a program to train physical and occupational therapists was developed alongside the nursing school, FSIL. Université Episcopale d’Haïti / Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (Episcopal University of Haiti Faculty of Rehabilitation Science of Leogane or UNEPH/FSRL) is the only 4 year program training physical and occupational therapists in Haiti. Members of St. Paul’s have traveled to FSRL to assist with clinical teaching, English instruction, student support and curriculum development. Dean Janet O’Flynn has visited with us at St. Paul’s several times, including our 2019 Barn Dance fundraiser.
CNP: CHILDREN’S NUTRITION PROGRAM OF HAITI
The Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti (Kore Timoun) is a Haitian-led non-profit organization working to fight malnutrition and create sustainable solutions to end poverty in Haiti. Through a network of trained monitrices, Kore Timoun monitors growth and development of children ages 0-5 in the Leogane area. Haitian women who are respected leaders in their community are trained to monitor children and educate families about proper nutrition. Malnourished children are given supplements and treated in one of several local outpatient and inpatient clinics. Members of St. Paul’s have traveled with monitrices into the mountains of Leogane to watch first hand the work they do. Hayley Fallon, a fellow with CNP visited St. Paul’s in March of 2019 to talk about the work they are currently doing in Haiti.
Through Diocesan grants and St. Paul’s fundraising efforts, we have sponsored a monitrice, Nadia Edouard. In this video, she explains the work she does to help improve nutrition for Haiti’s most vulnerable children.
AKV: AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
St. Paul’s has also supported agricultural education in the primary schools of Haiti by annually collecting seeds for the program AyitiKonseVet (AKV).
In 2018 St. Paul’s Green Team committed to helping Haiti solve their massive problems with plastic pollution by joining the Plastic Bank which enables the exchange of plastic for money, items or digital awards helping Haitians living in poverty to build better futures while cleaning up the environment.