Introducing the Haiti Partnership
During the course of the past year, we have been engaged in a lengthy review of the history of our partnership with God’s people in Haiti at St. Marc’s, Jeanette. Our goal has been to determine the best way we can honor the 40 years of our dedication to this relationship and the best way to move forward. This period of study and analysis has included interviews, focus groups, and feedback from around the diocese. As a result of all this, we have made the decision to renew our commitment to this partnership and to invest in developing a new model for its support. The Haiti Project becomes the Haiti Partnership.
The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee will continue to fund St. Marc’s School and Clinic while supporting initiatives designed to improve local economic conditions by building on strengths within the community. We commit to working with our partners toward the goal of financial autonomy, understanding the challenges and the time it may take to achieve that goal. To that end, we have entered into an agreement with Action Pour Sauver Haïti (APSHA), the Haitian nonprofit that has provided financial management of our funding of St. Marc School and Clinic staff since February 2018. APSHA has proven to be an exemplary fiscal agent in Haiti, providing accountability and transparency for all funding sent to them for local disbursement.
APSHA already has deep personal connections with the community in Jeanette. Now, we will draw on their expertise in the area of designing and implementing locally-designed, locally-implemented initiatives that incorporate all members of a community in every phase of determining, designing, and implementing programs to increase financial autonomy.
At its August 2, 2022 meeting, our diocesan Executive Council unanimously decided to engage the services of APSHA for a 5-month period, during which they will engage all groups within the community in the activities described above, create a plan of action based on their findings, and develop an appropriate budget.
I am so grateful for the dedicated, long-term support so many of you in the diocese have contributed through your time, talents, and labor. I and my leadership team are committed to giving our full effort to this plan, and I hope you will too. You will be hearing more about it soon!
We engaged the services of Catherine Parrill in June, to act as a consultant to the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (EDOM) in this effort. She has a lengthy history in Haiti, including as a volunteer coordinator for the Haiti Project in the 1990s. She has lived in Haiti and is fluent in Haitian Kreyol.
Caroline Senn, EDOM Financial Controller, is the project manager for the Haiti Partnership from the Office of the Bishop. Please direct any questions to her at .
The Rt. Rev. Jeff Lee
Bishop Provisional of Milwaukee