The diocese's primary social ministry is education. There are 200+ schools ranging from pre-school day care centres, primary and elementary schools, on secondary and one tertiary school (prior to January 2010).
The diocese is presently working hard to organize schooling for children in Port au Prince and surrounding areas, where many schools were destroyed by the earthquake, and for children who left Port au Prince with their families seeking safe housing, food and water in home villages. The population of villages has swelled far beyond the capacities of schools to acccommodate additional children. It is the church, not government that people turn to for schooling...and most other social services.
The diocese continues to serve other survivors of the earthquake with relief tent camps within Port au Prince and Leogane. Fewer numbers are now residing in the camps, but many still seek refuge at night, or food and medical supplies. The rainy season in coming so tents will soon be insufficient. Sturdier temporary housing is urgently needed.
Andrea spoke with Canon Oge Beauvoir, Canadian priest of Haitian roots and Dean of the Seminary on February 25th, 2010. He sends his deep thanks to all Canadian Anglicans, for holding Haiti and the Episcopal church in their prayers, and generously giving financial assistance. 'It is so important at a time like this to know we are remembered, prayed for, accompanied by other Anglicans.
We cannot do it alone. '
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Partnerships, Anglican Church of Canada
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