Supporting St. Marc’s Episcopal School in Jeannette is the heartbeat of the Haiti Project. In Fall 2018, 480 students began the school year at St. Marc’s. Twenty-nine faculty and staff teach core disciplines, Christian education, English, and music, and prepare school lunches.
Because of the prayers and generosity of many partners, St. Marc’s School in Jeannette is shattering the deplorable education statistics in Haiti. Generous donations to the Haiti Project ensure that children can go to school from preschool through high school the 13th grade, can receive a nutritious lunch, and have access to health care. They also ensure that students have quality instructors who receive training and earn a living wage.
Jenjenio Conserve, our Project Coordinator in Haiti, says this:
“The outcome of the support provided by the Haiti Project is tangible and of great importance. Many who have benefited from this education are now working in the private and public sector and are valuable professionals (in their field). Reaching these goals in life starts with basic education.”
A health clinic was built in Jeannette in 1989. For 30 years, the clinic has provided care to both St. Marc’s School and to the broader community. Today, with the presence of Dr. Elie St. Martin 10 days a month and the community health work of Lucie Merzier, BSN, clinic usage increased 20% in 2018 over 2017. Quality of care is increasing as Dr. St. Martin supports the clinic nurses and health care workers.
Since 2016, with an increased focus by the Haiti Project’s health committee and the Diocese of Eau Claire, the clinic has been updated with improvements to make the clinic rodent and rain proof. Because of the Haiti Project’s investment there is also improved pharmacy and medical record space, new flooring throughout, and a new fully functional restroom with running water.
Clinic staff can do their work more easily with additional office and exam room space with new equipment, a computer and printer, outside hand wash station, restroom facilities for the public, and a medical incinerator. There is increased basic laboratory capability with the addition of a microscope and hemoglobin machine, pregnancy, malaria, glucose and urinalysis testing and a fetal heart rate monitor.
At the Haiti Project we know that caring for a community extends beyond a school and health clinic. That is why we partner with community development programs promoting clean water, community medicine, micro-credit lending groups for women in business, and sustainable agricultural practices.
It is our privilege to provide financial support for initiatives that are - most often - developed by local Haitians with the local Jeannette community in mind. This “from the community, for the community” mindset means that programs are often more effective than those that come from the outside.