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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.

Guatemala Partnership
Since 2009 St. John's has made annual trips to Guatemala to work with the Catholic Mission in San Lucas Toliman on the shore of Lake Atitlan in the western highlands. Recently we have begun to partner with a small village outside of San Lucas Toliman called Nueva Providencia. Nueva Providencia was created after the coffee crash of 2004, when coffee prices dropped precipitously and the coffee plantation, whose land the village now owns, went bankrupt. Then, a massive landslide destroyed the village of El Porvenir, leaving those that survived homeless.

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 and helped to raise money for a new footbbridge that was constructed in May 2012.  In August, 2012, we installed fuel-effiecient stoves and did more repair work on the water system. In the summer of 2013, St. John's sent 3 groups to help build an addition to the school, supply a library for the school, and replace a small footbridge.

 

In the summer of 2014, we will work with our friends in the village of Nueva Providencia and then have a few days to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the culture and geography of Guatemala. Both trips are full, if you are interested in future trips please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Haiti Partnership
The Haiti Partnership Program is about growing together in Christ through relationship. St Johns has been in partnership with the parish of St Philippe & St Jacques in Gressier, Haiti since June, 2007. St Johns Haiti Partnership Committee meets regularly to coordinate plans for working with St. Philippe & St. Jacques and their rector, Father Kerwin Delicat, and for making visits to Haiti.

The earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 gave renewed impetus and urgency to our partnership. The residents of Gressier and surrounding areas suffered great losses, and both the church and school of St Philippe & St Jacques were destroyed.

St Johns is committed to a long-term relationship with our Haitian friends and partners as they rebuild their homes, schools, churches and their lives. Each year we raise significant funds to provide support for the school at St. Philippe & St Jacques. We organize two medical missions a year.

Haiti Fall 2014

There will be a medical mission trip in Fall, October 24 - November 1, 2014. This is open to anyone, no medical experience is necessary. Cost: approx. $1200. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you would like to be part of the Haiti Partnership or travel to Haiti, please contact the chair of the Haiti Committee, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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