$6 buys 1 rebar; $12 buys 4 spools of twine.
$25 buys 1 bag of washed sand, $50 buys 7 bags of cement, and $100 buys 4 bags of gravel.
Community center. Health clinic. Storm shelter. Food-sharing site. Graduation venue. Meeting space for the local farmers’ co-op, and a women’s environmental collective. Spiritual home.
A place for mourning, and for celebrating. A place of solace and inspiration.
For 100 years, Bonne Nouvelle Episcopal Church in Bigonet, Haiti, has been the beating heart of a beautiful, inclusive, justice-loving community. It’s served everyone in the region, regardless of where or whether they practice religion.
The church – along with Bonne Nouvelle School, and many Bigonet homes the church – was physically leveled by the earthquake in 2010. The community’s first priority was to rebuild and expand the school (an academic powerhouse open to all area children, whatever their families’ religious or economic status). Through our parish partnership, St. James on the Parkway has helped the school survive and thrive.
Meanwhile, the parish hub – the church –remains a skeletal shard of its former self.
Now the community is gradually rebuilding. Young and old are providing volunteer effort – a labor of love. As one community leader says: “At the end of the service they say ‘AMEN, and let’s go finish our prayer by carrying rocks.’ They are proud … you can see it in their faces.”
But materials are costly. So Bonne Nouvellians work bit by bit, as they can afford to buy more – and they continue making do with the tarp-covered “temporary” shelter.
You can make a tangible difference in this effort, and help boost this extraordinary community’s confidence and pride.