Haiti Response Plan
United Methodist Volunteers in Haiti
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(Photo in banner courtesy Laraine Waughtal team, Central TX Conference)
Haiti Response Plan:
a collaboration with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) has been active in Haiti for over thirty years, addressing needs in education, health and housing. On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake caused widespread and unprecedented loss of life and property in the Caribbean country. In response to the crisis, UMVIM leadership proposed a new approach to a collaborative effort with the Eglise Methodist d’Haiti (EMH, the Methodist Church of Haiti).
EMH President Rev. Gesner Paul (pictured at right) and other church leaders, UMVIM Jurisdictional Coordinators, and representatives of the United Methodist Committee on Relief have identified priority projects for earthquake recovery and other church and social needs that could be addressed by UMVIM teams. A proposal for the Haiti Response Plan was reviewed and approved in April 2010 by the Board of Directors of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. A pilot plan was approved and US and Haiti offices established.
In October 2010, the GBGM and UMCOR Boards of Directors approved a full three year plan for the Haiti Response Project to continue the successful work of the pilot.
The plan has funding for an organizational structure that schedules and supports volunteer teams for Haiti and provides matching grants for recovery/rebuilding projects. The staff of the Haiti Response Plan works in full cooperation with the Methodist Church of Haiti to identify and prioritize projects for UMVIM teams. The EMH takes the lead in determining which projects merit attention and funding. The Project Coordinator and the staff in Haiti assign teams based on this priority determination and provide logistical support. In this way, we honor the letter and spirit of the program, which mandates that our work be Haitian-driven.
We invite you to explore this web site to see the progress made by the Haiti Response Plan and to learn how you can be a part of our mission in Haiti.
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace. ” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
Nehemiah 2:17-18 (New International Version)