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About the Haiti Project -- 90% of our budget goes to Haiti to help those in need -- especially those living in the small, rural village of Jeannette.
  • We are Christians. We are committed to the words of Christ found in John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

  • We are partners. We are committed to working in partnership with St. Marc’s Church in Haiti to reach out and help the community in Jeannette. Our goal is Haitian self-reliance.

  • We value education. We are committed to helping Haitian teachers provide the best possible education at St. Marc’s School.

    • We value people. We are committed to finding a sponsor every student in Jeannette. Each student has one sponsor, and we encourage sponsors to develop a meaningful relationship.

    • We are responsive to the needs of the community. We are committed to working with the people of Jeannette to have access to drinkable water, basic healthcare, sustainable food.
    • We use our time, talents. We are committed to providing basic health care at St. Marc’s Clinic. The Haitian doctor, nurses and health care workers provide medicine, care and education to the community daily. Visiting American humanitarians provide additional medical services, construction, teacher education, youth group trips, and community builders several times a year.

    • We are stewards of our resources. We are committed to being financially accountable. We take our role of stewardship seriously and promise to keep administrative costs as low as possible. We perform yearly audits.
    We take stewardship seriously. more than 90% of our expenses are used for programs that directly affect the people living in Haiti. 100% of the funding comes from private sources, including individuals, churches, corporations and grants. The Haiti Project also accepts donations of vitamins, school supplies, medicine, hygiene supplies and such that are given directly to the Jeannette community. We've been working diligently for 20 years. Here's a timeline of our activities thus far.

Join our Group: The Haiti Project is comprised of an army of volunteers whose skill set is diverse; what joins us is our passion for humanity. We invite you to join us by sending our coordinator an email introducing yourself:

Project Coordinator: Ann Brophy info@haitiproject.org
About Haiti

Size and Location -- The Republic of Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic. Cuba, 50 miles away, is the nearest island to its west. Miami is 1.5 hours by plane. Haiti is 10,714 square miles -- slightly larger than the state of Maryland.

Its' capital is Port-au-Prince. Haiti is densely populated with over 8 million and is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Language -- French and Creole are the official languages. Creole is the everyday language, which evolved from the mixture of African dialects and French.

Religion -- A blend of Christianity (80% Catholic) and African Voodoo are the primary religions.

History -- Indians inhabited Haiti until Columbus arrived in 1492. The Spaniards followed in search of gold. In 1697 Haiti was France’s most prosperous colony because of sugar and coffee. Enormous profits were made through the exploitation of the land and the use of African slaves. In 1791 slaves began a successful struggle to overthrow the French. Their action established Haiti as the first black independent nation in the world in 1804.

In the years to follow, this small island found itself wedged under tight control of one or more factions of wealthy, ruling elite. What eventually followed was political turmoil and violence of Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who was ousted in 1986. Such years of rule by dictators have enforced the silence and kept the poor and oppressed at the mercy of the powerful, whether Haitian or foreign.

Hope flared temporarily in 1991 when the people elected their first democratic president, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide. However, Aristide served 7 months when a bloody coup removed him and sent thousands of his followers fleeing in rickety boats. After three years of military rule, the President was finally returned by a U.S. led intervention on October 15, 1994. Aristide returned to office in later elections, with the Haitian people still struggling to survive the insecurity, unemployment and high cost of living. Frustrated over their continued economic struggles and questions about legislative elections, Aristide was forced out of office and into exile in February 2004. Military rebels staged a coup, and the U.S. sent military to restore order. There are many questions about the direction Haiti and its new emerging leadership is heading.

Even though Haiti has long been plagued by political instability, the Haitian people remain hopeful, recognizing that their destiny is tied to the land of their birth. Roman Catholic Bishop William Higi summarized the situation well when he said the Haitians were “a people who cling to God when hope is minimal, displaying a remarkable ability to smile and celebrate despite the manipulation and injustice which haunts them daily.”

About the Rural Village of Jeannette

The Haiti Project works primarily in the small, rural village of Jeannette. Learn more about Jeannette in a photo tour of this community.

Our Mission The Haiti Project is an Outreach Ministry of the Episcopal Dioceses of Milwaukee. We work in partnership with others from all walks of life who share the belief that education, clean water, access to medicine, and compassion are basic human necessities.

Ending poverty in Haiti is multifaceted, and we take our role of stewardship seriously. That’s why more than 90% of our expenses are used for programs that directly affect the people living in Haiti - especially the small and mountainous community of Jeannette. 100% of our funding comes from private sources, including individuals, churches, corporations and grants.
Our collective goal is to promote self-sufficiency and independence.

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Diocese of Milwaukee - Haiti Project
804 E. Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Project Coordinator:

Heidi Ropa

Diocese of Eau Claire Coordinator:
John & Carol Meacham
N5910 Yellowsands
Spooner, WI 54801

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