The Haiti EcoVillage School Partnership
Members of three Presbyterian churches initiated this project in 2014. It has one purpose: to build a school in the EcoVillage. 100% of all donations reach our partners in Haiti to provide for this school. North Decatur Presbyterian Church acts as a fiscal partner. Expenses for the work, such as the cost of this website, are donated specifically for those purposes.
We invite others to join our mission. This website is created and sponsored by the The Haiti EcoVillage School Partnership. For specifics, read our 2016 and 2015 Annual Reports by clicking here.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, (UUSC)
UUSC funded the first EcoVillage as part of a 15-year partnership with MPP. UUSC has given $190,000 to support the school during the 4 years of the project and has committed to provide support next year. Here is a video about the first EcoVillage from retired UUSC President Rev. Bill Schulz.
As funding partners, UUSC and The Haiti EcoVillage School Partnership communicate regularly and agree to all major decisions involving the school with our Haitian partners.
Mouvman Peyizan Papay, Haiti (MPP)
MPP is a long time partner with both PCUSA and UUSC, helping small Haitian farmers learn to thrive through sustainable practices. After the earthquake, MPP resettled refugees to the EcoVillages on land ceded to MPP by the government. MPP supervises construction and governance of the school, while providing progress reports, financial reports and budgets to partners.
Finding a trustworthy Haitian partner is vital to successful projects that improve lives of Haitians. Through the 45-year leadership of Chavannes Jean Baptist, MPP is such a partner.
Since Chavannes stepped into the role of Counselor, MPP is headed by a 3-person executive committee led by a woman, Verona Val, who previously served as Chief Financial Officer. Meet Chavannes in this video explaining the idea of the EcoVillages.
ACG meets face-to-face with MPP leadership each spring to review and plan. These regular meetings have led to a strong bond of friendship and trust.
Statement of Principles from the Atlanta Church Group
1. Haitians control the project.
2. Our role is to empower them.
3. We won’t do anything that Haitians can do for themselves.
4. We will not create long-term dependency on us.
5. We will connect with the Haitian people, not just send money.
6. We will build connections in Atlanta while we are building a school in Haiti.