BENEFITING: ST JAMES ON THE PARKWAY
Our friends in the rural Haitian village of Bigonet have inspired, loved, and supported us for nearly a decade. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, they need our help.
We share a partnership with the Bigonet parish of Bonne Nouvelle that’s grounded in mutuality and a shared commitment to cross-cultural learning. It includes jointly supporting the area’s only school, open to ALL children – regardless of their parents’ ability to pay tuition (the Haitian government provides no support for K-12 education). And we take turns sending annual delegations to visit, spend time with and learn from one another.
This hurricane has taken everything from our friends: their crops, their sustenance, their livelihoods.
Since the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, which leveled their village, our friends have worked enormously hard to rebuild. We’ve been awed by their resilience, creativity, generosity and spirit. What they accomplished in six years – not only restoring their school, but expanding it to serve more children – is mind-blowing.
Now they’re once again faced with total loss and devastation: flooding, leveled fruit and nut trees, washed out farms, the collapse of mountainsides. Hunger looms. But we can help.
Our friends have identified two immediate priorities for relief:
- We can help provide lunches for schoolchildren. Even if we raise only enough to fund lunches two or three days weekly, families will take comfort in knowing their children can look forward to two or three solid meals.
- We can help with the distribution of seedlings: providing a food source for families and funding instruction for students who’ll learn how to plant and nurture them to fruition.
It’s a dire time in Bigonet. But if we lend a hand, our creative, tenacious and hardworking partners can recover – and flourish. Any amount helps, and it will all go directly to helping this amazing community get back on its feet.