• on July 14, 2021

Multiple Crises Devastate Mizak, Haiti

Missions Committee
July 14, 2021

 Your Monetary and Prayer Support Are Needed!!

We write to you today to share a heartfelt need that is near and dear to many of us at University United Methodist Church.

HAPI has been changing lives in Mizak, Haiti since 2007. The Haitian Assets for Peace International (HAPI) and the UUMC congregation have a long standing relationship.  UUMC has supported HAPI for many years with monetary donations, assembling individual birthing and layette kits, purchasing hand-made craft items, securing a propane refrigerator to store vaccines and other medications safely and providing a portable sonogram machine.

We participated in sending a mission team to HAPI in Mizak in 2016 to provide education for local pastors and support to the medical clinic at the request of the Center Director and the Bishop of Haiti. The team included Rev. Gordon Schleicher, Rev. Alice Townley, Rev. Latha Ravi, Margaret Klemens and Kristin Mellon. Several years prior to that visit Mark Doyal visited the Center.

On July 3, 2021 Hurricane Elsa damaged buildings, crops and gardens that the residents depend upon for survival and destroyed Wi-Fi for the area. Then, in the early morning hours of July 6 a fire in the secure storage room of the Merlet Center destroyed all 15 laptops and the network equipment while damaging the building. In addition, on July 7 the President of Haiti was assassinated creating further instability in the government and safety in the country. 

Prayers are needed for the country of Haiti, the town of Mizak and staff and students of HAPI at the Merlet Center.

The destroyed equipment was used for computer training through HAPI at the Merlet Center. HAPI has seen an increase in enrollment from 35 students to 100 students recently as people have fled the gang violence in the larger cities and settled in Mizak. Mario Damis, the Director of the Program and a speaker at UUMC estimated the loss of equipment and cash at $15,000. The lost cash ($5,300) was to be used to buy medications, pay for laboratory tests and a laboratory technician, and for operating costs for the medical clinic which serves a large population of pregnant women as well as the general population. 

The full article from the Michigan Conference can be found at https://michiganumc.org/fire-in-mizak-haiti-impacts-hapi/.

Your support (along with other churches in Michigan) is needed now more than ever to help replace the lost equipment and money and to repair the building.

TO GIVE OLINE: use the EngageMI Michigan-Haiti Covenant Partnership CCMM #3035. https://www.paypal.com/donate/…CHECKS MAY BE MAILED to the Michigan Conference Treasury, 1161 East Clark Road, Suite 212, DeWitt MI 48820; on the memo line write Fund CCMM #3035 — Haiti HAPI Recovery. or donate through the Venmo app – @UUMCDonation (with the byline HAPI) by August 8, 2021.

We thank you in advance for your continuing support of this important mission.

Kris Mellon and Bob Ulrich, Missions Committee

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