Haiti - June 2011

Livng Out Our Faith

http://www.warnermemorial.org/uploads/Lena_and_the_Tablet.jpgOn June 25, 2011, six Warnerites flew to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to help rebuild St. Joseph's Home for Boys which was destroyed by the catastrophic magnitude 7 earthquake on January 12, 2010.  St. Joseph's is located in Pétionville, about 40 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.  St. Joseph's, a sanctuary for former street children and slaves, has been called a "gem of a place".  The facility is run by Michael Geilenfeld, who formerly worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta. In 1985 Mike, who had worked in Haiti previously, returned with $1,000.  He rented a four room house and invited six boys to be part of a family.  The rest is history.  Today 22 former homeless street children staff the hostel doing the cooking, cleaning and marketing.  While living in the community they attend classes, learn job skills, and are usually independent by age 18. Since the program stated, 117 children have graduated.  Local residents refer to St. Joseph's as "Ka Michaels", or Michael's House.

St. Joseph's is part of the Hearts with Haiti ministry.  Besides St. Joseph's, Hearts with Haiti also operates Wings of Fancy, a thriving home for disabled children in Fermathe staffed largely by St. Joseph's graduates, and Trinity House, the newest home for 15 boys located in the beautiful seaside town of Jacmel.  Although Haiti is one of the poorest countries on the face of the planet, construction materials are very expensive and the rebuilding process has been very slow as evidenced by the many pictures of remaining devastation.

Join our six person Mission team as they share their daily experiences living out their faith.  We've created a page for each day of their trip.  You can also watch two videos from St. Joseph's below.

Rising from the Rubble from Miriam Sauls on Vimeo.