Dear Friends of the South Florida Haiti Project,
By now you have heard of the ferocious hurricane that struck the southwestern peninsula of Haiti on October 4th. There is total devastation in the village of Bondeau, the site of the South Florida Haiti Project’s partnership with Bon Samaritan Episcopal Church and School. The eye of the hurricane passed within 50 miles of Bondeau. Thankfully the school and church buildings survived with minimal damage. More importantly there are no reports of loss of life. We give thanks for God’s presence and care for the people of Bondeau.
Unfortunately, many homes in Bondeau lost their roofs, and the roads are impassable to the east and to the west of the village. Compounding the problems for the farmers is that virtually all of their crops have been destroyed. This means there will be much less food available for the people. Because there are no crops to sell there will be no money to buy food. The conditions for the people of Bondeau are dire, and could worsen in the coming weeks and months if help does not arrive.
We are calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ who have supported the South Florida Haiti Project to help the people of Bondeau in two equally important ways. First, we ask for your prayers. Please ask God to bring relief to the people of Bondeau in whatever way God sees fit. We do not know when the road will be passable, but we want to be prepared to deliver supplies whenever it is.
Second, we ask that you make a contribution to the South Florida Haiti Project, designated for hurricane relief. The money you give will be used for the most pressing needs. That may include anything from purchasing food to purchasing roofing materials and labor.
There has never been a more urgent time to help the people of Bondeau. For Bondeau, this hurricane was much more destructive than the 2010 earthquake. Please give as you are able.
May God bless you, and may God bless the people of Bondeau.
The Rev. Andrew Sherman
President, South Florida Haiti Project
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”
Hurricane Matthew made landfall today near Bondeau. The newly constructed church and school buildings are serving as emergency shelters for the community. Fr. Phanord, Rector of Bon Samaritain Church, reported heavy rains on Thursday. We are awaiting future communication and updates from Bondeau. We will send out a a special update once we know the state of the damage and needs of the community. Please continue your nightly prayers for the protection of the people of Bondeau and all of Haiti.
The new secondary school building in Bondeau, Haiti, is practically finished! This work was accomplished thanks to generous donations to South Florida Haiti Project from Church of the Advent in Stuart, FL, St. Gregory’s, and others; these funds were matched by St. Gregory’s Eastburn Endowment for double the impact. Mission teams from Church of the Advent also contributed to the school’s construction.
Pere Phanord, rector of Bon Samaritan Episcopal Church in Bondeau, is delighted to have the secondary school finished. He plans to have the Bishop of the Diocese of Haiti, Bishop Duracin, dedicate and bless the new building during the celebration feast of Bon Samaritian on July 10. This dedication will coincide with the pilgrimage being made by a group of youth and adults from St. Gregory’s.
The secondary school has an enrollment of over 100 students and is expected to grow with the new building. Prior to the new building, classrooms were made out of small rooms in the elementary school as well as apartments on the campus. The new building occupies a prominent space on the campus and is a source of inspiration for all who see it.
However, there’s still work to be done on this school–and South Florida Haiti Project needs YOUR help!
The secondary school still needs furniture (i.e. desks, chairs, etc.), ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Any donations made to South Florida Haiti Project to complete the school will be matched by St. Gregory’s Eastburn Endowment. Just think: every dollar you contribute will have twice the impact!
Please consider helping South Florida Haiti Project finish the secondary school. To donate, please write a check payable to South Florida Haiti Project with the note “Secondary School” in the memo and send to South Florida Haiti Project, c/o St. Gregory’s,, PO Box 1503, Boca Raton, FL 33429. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
South Florida Haiti Project has focused keenly on healthcare recently in and around Bondeau, with much success!