Ascension supports the New York Haiti Project

You helped Haiti in 2019! With God Nothing is Impossible! In 2019 the New York Haiti Project supported the expansion of St. Luke’s School. The school now has three pre-K classes, and grades 1 through 6. It is really quite amazing that a dozen churches and few individuals are able to support the education of over 90 students, by paying the salaries of a dozen teachers.

The following is the 2019 report from the New York Haiti Project:

The political situation has calmed down in Haiti. Schools across the country reopened in December, just before the Christmas break. They reopened again last week. Fr. Phanord and the other community leaders were extremely grateful to have St. Luke’s School in Martel continue to pay the teachers and reopen the doors after the holidays. That stability would not have happened without you, and your continued support.

In 2019 the New York Haiti Project supported the expansion of St. Luke’s School. The school now has three pre-K classes, and grades 1 through 6. It is really quite amazing that a dozen churches and few individuals are able to support the education of over 90 students, by paying the salaries of a dozen teachers.

The following churches gave generously in 2019:

St. Michael’s, Manhattan; Church of the Ascension, Manhattan; Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan, Bronx; St. George’s, Newburgh; St. James, Hyde Park; Calvary-St. George, Manhattan; St. Augustine, Croton on Hudson; St. Matthew and St. Timothy, Manhattan; French Church of Saint-Esprit, Manhattan; Grace Church, Manhattan; St. Mark’s, Brooklyn; and Christ Church, Guilford, CT.

We are also grateful for the following individuals who contributed in 2019:

The Rev. Deacon Gail Ganter-Toback
The Rev. Deacon Denise LaVetty
Ms. Angenette Meaney
The Revs. Sam and Jennifer Owen
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Powers
Mr. Michael Smith
Mr. Tyler Thorsen
The Rev. Harrison West

Part of our ministry in Haiti is a ministry of presence. We traveled to Martel in April 2019. We saw a thriving school. We heard a strong desire from the community leaders to expand the school to serve older children. As always, funding is the limiting factor. Our work in Haiti is always a little messy, and we are trying to balance the urgency we all feel with patience. If this work is of God, we will find what we need to accomplish God’s will in God’s time.

There was a growing unrest happening in the area during our visit. People were unhappy about rising gas prices. The unrest shut down the country for nearly three months in the Fall, causing us to cancel our second trip. We hope to visit again this March, as these visits keep us connected to the ministry.

Please continue to pray for Haiti. They need us, and we need them.

In loving gratitude, The Rev. Sam Owen