St. John’s has partnerships with the parish of St. Philippe/St. Jacques in Gressier, Haiti; a Catholic mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala; and the village of Nueva Providencia in Guatemala.
The mission at San Lucas bought the land from the finca and relocated former finca workers and the survivors from El Porvenir to the land that has become Nueva Providencia. Consisting of about 45 families, Nueva Providencia now has a school, a water system and the beginnings of a solar-powered electrical system. Currently under construction is a small hydro-electric generating system.
St. John's has worked on the water sytem, the hydro-electric system, helped to raise money for a new footbbridge, installed fuel-effiecient stoves, help build an addition to the school, supply a library for the school, replace a small footbridge, and helped with road construction.
Parishioner donations allow St. John’s to offer financial support to the school at St. Philippe-St. Jacques. In 2007, there were 120 students, grades pre-k to 6th grade and 8 teachers. In 2014, there are 400 students, grades pre-k to 9th grade and 16 teachers. St. John’s donations pay most of the teacher salaries.
In partnership with Christ Church Atlanta, St. John’s organizes twice yearly medical clinics for St. Philippe-St. Jacques and Christ Church’s partner, St. Joseph of Arimethea.
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