Report on Haiti
Bill Borah's Disaster Recovery Team
I want to report to you about our ongoing mission in Haiti. Your generous support helped send our Disaster Recovery Team to Thomas, Haiti in February where we worked on repairs and new construction to the church and school. When we discovered that the 149 children attending the school were not being fed and most only got 1 good meal a day, we funded a hot lunch program for a month with some of our team funds. Upon our return we received the support of the California/Nevada Annual Conference of UMC to help continue this program. We hope that in addition to the hot lunch program we can raise sufficient funds to offer scholarships to children that can’t afford the school tuition ($150.00 a year) and start a sustainable agricultural program where the children can help grow their own vegetables. If the program is successful we plan to expand it to other schools in the district. I am currently forming another team to return to Haiti October 16-26 to continue work on this project.
At the end of the February mission I expressed my concerns about the quality of construction at our work site to the Mission Coordinator in Haiti and he asked me to write a report outlining my concerns and recommendations. As a result of that report, I was asked to return to Haiti at the end of April to participate in the Pure Water and Reconstruction Forum. At the Forum we established design and quality criteria for a 40 house pilot project in Carrefour and Mellier. By using different designs and materials we hope to determine the best solutions for the reconstruction challenges.
Since then I have been asked to return to Haiti under the auspices of the General Board of Global Missions (GBGM), the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH). My job responsibilities will be in assisting in the coordination of the 40 house pilot project, a 300 house joint venture project with Habitat for Humanity and several other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Tabar and a renovation of the Methodist Guest House in Petionville which is the staging area for all United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams that come to Haiti. I will be leaving late July for 3 months to a year – depending on funding. This position, much like a missionary’s, will be funded primarily by donations.
If you feel that you could continue to support these efforts, there are a couple of ways you can do this.You can donate to St. Marks UMC – memo Haiti Mission- or you can go to htpp://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/advance/donate.cfm?id=3020917&code=982465 and scroll down to my name. This is an advance account maintained by GBGM and used by missionaries worldwide. All funds are deposited directly to my account.
I sincerely thank you for all of your support – past, present and future. Although we are beginning to see some progress in the recovery efforts in Haiti, the need is great and ongoing. I feel blessed to be able to help the people of Haiti in my own small way and blessed to have friends like you.
Yours in mission,
p.s.: I will be maintaining a blog while I am in country at www.bill-borah.blogspot.com