Epiphany has developed partnerships with three schools in Leogane, Haiti: Ecole Ste. Croix, a K-12 Episcopal school , FSIL, the Episcopal Nursing School, and FSRL, the new Physical & Occupational Therapy School, lodged at FSIL. One goal of the program is building an ongoing relationship and sharing our faith. Education offers a long term solution for the problems of poverty in Haiti.
During our medical mission to Haiti in March 2017, we met with Pere Sonley Joseph, Rector of Eglise Ste. Croix and Director of Ecole Ste. Croix (ESC). We brought 120 French books for the school library. He indicated his priorities: expand the library, update the computer lab, re-start a school lunch program, build a science lab, teacher development, and acquire soccer equipment. Before the earthquake, ESC had a strong music program, which Pere Sonley hopes to resurrect. ESC has a music teacher who teaches the students how to read music and sing, but they do not have any instruments. Pere Sonley plays the saxophone. We began to wonder about restarting a music program with instruments.
Serendipity happens – or as Rev. Miriam calls it, God-incidence. A newsletter from our alma mater, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, noted that Prof. Janet Anthony in the music conservatory, had worked on BLUME (Building Leadership through Music Education) in Haiti for 20 years. Nick contacted Janet to learn about BLUME. She knows Ecole Ste. Croix in Leogane well because they held summer music camps there before the earthquake. Due to destruction in Leogane from an earthquake in 2010, they moved the camps to Hinche in the Haitian high plateau.
Pere Sonley, has an ambitious vision for the music program, including instruments; trumpets, flutes, clarinets, trombones, saxophones, saxophones, violins, violas, cellos, contrabass, drum sets, guitars, pianos. We have received donations of: two clarinets, a trombone, a violin, a drum sets, and two pianoss. Janet Anthony is also helping us to turn this vision into a real music program.
If you have musical instruments in good working order, please consider donating them to ESC for their music program. We plan to ship instruments to Haiti now and later this year. Please contact Nick Candee at 617-962-2498. We also welcome donations of books in French.
Haitians love to play soccer. Pere Sonley requested soccer supplies for his seven Episcopal schools. FSIL Nursing School also requested soccer equipment.
A young neighbor in Belmont, Courtney Grey, who plays soccer with Maggie Foot of Winchester, knows about our work in Haiti and did what she could to help our Haitian friends. Over the summer, she gathered myriad soccer supplies. She also secured the donation of several used goal posts from the Friends of Belmont Soccer. She showed a lot of love, kindness, and dedication in gathering such a lovely gift. Un cadeau de Dieux. Un regalo de Dios.
If you have any soccer supplies or equipment, which you would like to donate to ESC, please contact Nick Candee at 617.962.2498.
FSIL Nursing School: Nick and Linda will return to Haiti for the 10th graduation ceremony at the Episcopal FSIL Nursing School on 4 November; 32 students are expected to graduate. FSIL, founded in 2005, offers the only program for students to obtain a BA in nursing in Haiti. FSIL receives strong academic support from the University of Michigan Nursing School. Epiphany sponsors three nursing students at FSIL. Sponsorship of $4,000 per student per year includes tuition, room, board, books, uniforms, instruments, and transportation to clinical sites - a bargain.
On Sunday, 26 November at Epiphany, Nick and Linda will discuss our work in Haiti in terms of discipleship during adult formation at 11:15am. We hope that you can join us. If you are interested in joining the Haiti education mission team, please contact Nick Candee at 617.962.2498.
by Nick Candee and Linda Brown