Hurricane Dorian passed well to the north of Haiti sparing us of any damage. It did however strike the Northern Bahamas. I have no word of the extent of damage but there is no doubt that with 160 mph winds there will be substantial damage reported. Continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas.
August has continued to be quiet. There have been a few isolated political demonstrations but for the most part it has been business as usual both in Port au Prince and across the country.
Two non-Methodist team stayed at the guesthouse in August. One team traveled to Pignon and the other to Port Bonheur. Mike Willis was also a guest for several days.
The last week in August has been moving day for several clergy as they are reassigned to different circuits. You may go to the webpage http://www.eglisemethodistedhaiti.org and see the assignments for the upcoming year.
Team Planning and Scheduling
It is time to seriously begin plans for next year. The Eglise Methodiste d’ Haiti webpage, located at eglisemethodistedhaiti.org shows the current schedule of teams for the year 2020. In order to reserve your spot, refer to the schedule as you make your plans. The guesthouse can accommodate multiple teams at one time, but our capacity is not unlimited. Please contact the guesthouse by email or use the convenient registration form on the webpage to make your reservation as soon as possible.
If you are still searching for a project, go to the project tab on the webpage and select a project that fits your interest, time and talents. Remember that if the cost of a project is beyond your capabilities you may subscribe to support a project partially and share the cost with another team or extend the completion to another year. The dollar amounts shown on the project tabs is the cost to complete the project from this point forward until completion. If the project you choose does not have a completed budget, please contact me Davis Draeger email@example.com and I will work on developing a budget for you.
Vialet Agricultural Training Center
The Vialet Agricultural Center was once a vibrant hub of activity. Hurricane Matthew devasted the physical facility. One of the visions of EMH is to return this project to vitality.
The long-range plan is to return the Vialet project to significant production of eggs, chicks, chickens for meat, hogs, goats, vegetable and fruit production and trees for reforestation.
As production is established, a cooperative program with local agronomy programs at local universities will be established to have Vialet as a site for University training programs.
There are a variety of tasks to be accomplished both large a small that teams can facilitate. The land is overgrown and needs to be cleared, for planting. The three chicken houses need new roofs and wire walls. The hog barns need new roofs. The dormitories and manger’s house need repairs.
Please consider this project or parts of the project for your next mission trip.
School Starts September 9
There are many of the small rural schools that are still many months in arrears on teacher salaries.
Please prayerfully consider donating towards teachers’ salaries.
Schools are funded through several different channels. The parents are asked to pay tuition. The amount varies from school to school depending on the need. Many of the poorer schools are not able to collect enough tuition to pay their expenses.
A second mechanism for school funding is contributions by organizations and trusts.
A third mechanism is by direct contributions by individuals.
There is an established procedure for making your contribution.
If you have no prior relationship with a particular school you may make a general contribution to the District of Haiti who will then distribute the funds as needed.
If you have a relationship with a particular school you may make a designated gift to that school. The proper procedure is to send your donation to the District Treasurer with instructions for distribution. Andre Rocourt, District Treasurer will then transmit the funds to the appropriate Circuit and school. Instructions for making a wire transfer are enclosed below:
It is often tempting to make a cash donation to the local parent, school principal, pastor or Circuit Superintendent. Please refrain from this method as it greatly confuses the accounting of who has been paid what and when. By church policy and by Haitian law, the salary arrears must be brought up to date before funding can be applied to current salaries. In order to avoid hurt feelings and complaints, contributions must be made in such a way that there is no confusion as to who has been paid and for what time period.
The local economy is suffering greatly with the exchange rate doubling over the past year and the resultant inflation skyrocketing. The net result is that EMH schools are under tremendous pressure to make ends meet. If you have it in your mind to help, listen to your heart, open your wallet and be generous towards the children of Haiti.
EGLISE METHODISTE D’HAITI
BANKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MONEY TRANSFER TO E.M.H. ACCOUNT IN PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
Two (2) choices
1.- Intermediary Bank: BANK OF AMERICA
Miami, FL 33131
BIC CODE: BOFAUS3M
ABA: 026 009 593
2.- Beneficiary’s Bank: UNIBANK S.A.
17 Rue Faubert, Petionville, Haiti
SWIFT CODE: UBNKHTPP
Beneficiary Name & Account No.: Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti - District