April 2014: Click here to read an account of Susie & Frazier’s recent trip to Haiti.
St. Andrew’s Church has had a relationship with northwest Haiti for a number of years. Initially, St. Andrew’s was connected to Resurrection Church in Gros Morne, a town of over 100,000, and the school that it operated there. In the late 1990s, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti transferred that connection to St. Luc mission church in the small village of Figaro outside Gros Morne, under the Haitian priest based in Gros Morne.
Figaro is perched on gently rising hills above a big, eroded river. About one half hour’s walk from Gros Morne, it is accessible by various footpaths and a small dirt road that winds from Gros Morne over the riverbed and up the hill, lined with cactus. Subsistence farming and employment in the big town support residents of Figaro. The mission church is a small white building with a blue door and two windows behind the wooden altar that look out over the mountains behind. The pictures on this page show a little bit of Figaro and its environs.
The Haiti Fund was created in 1999 when the first Haitian Art Sale took place at St. Andrew’s Church. Art sales have been held annually at the church since then. Funds raised at the sales, in addition to funds provided by the Outreach Committee, have been used to support that relationship. The Haiti Fund has built a new three room school house to supplement the old one room school house. The Outreach funds initially paid for the salaries of the teachers at the school, uniforms for the children and a hot meal every day. Unfortunately, the decline in Outreach funds and the sharp increase of inflation in food costs have eliminated the school feeding program.
The Village of Figaro
A portion of every Haitian art sale goes to the village parish of Figaro. Figaro is a small village perched on gently rising hills above a big, eroded river and the large town of Gros Morne, in northwestern Haiti. It is accessible by various footpaths and one small worn dirt road lined with cactus. Subsistence farming and employment in Gros Morne sustains its citizens.
Figaro has a small white Episcopal church with a blue door. On the inside there are benches and a small wooden altar behind which two windows look out at the mountains. We have assisted with the construction of a new 3-room schoolhouse. In addition, we contribute to a school feeding program, children’s school uniforms and the salaries of the three teachers who work in the school. The pictures on this page show a little bit of Figaro and its environs.