Rebuilding the Church in Haiti

Rebuilding the Church in Haiti

Rebuilding the Church in Haiti is a national, grass-roots effort launched on the 1st anniversary of the magnitude seven earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. The appeal was authorized by Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in response to the request from Bishop Jean Zach Duracin and the people of Haiti to help rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

For volunteer information or questions, contact our diocesan campaign coordinator, the Very Rev. Cliff Haggenjos: or 916.786.6911.

Our diocese has an Easter campaign of raising $100,000 towards this effort, and we are almost there.  With several of our churches still working on their campaigns, and several of them just wrapping up and not yet reported, our current total is $95,890.  Please share the story of how your congregation is rebuilding our church, brick by brick. 

Kids raise almost $4000 to help rebuild Cathedral in Haiti

by Warren Dunning, Epiphany in Vacaville

By soliciting grownups to buy Lego bricks and other building materials for them, the Children and youth of Epiphany in Vacaville were able to build a cathedral and raise almost $4000 to send to Haiti to help rebuild the cathedral there. Throughout Lent the kids sold buckets of bricks, miscellaneous parts, and doors and windows for $20 and construction workers for $10. The goal was to raise $3000, but the actual total was a surprising $3926. 

Building a Cathedral

by Kim Andrup, St. Martin's in Davis

The Church of St. Martin in Davis began its campaign to raise funds for the national, grass-roots effort to rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral that was destroyed during the Jan. 2010 earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti.  As this was a pretty ‘concrete’ project, we wanted to give our congregation a very tangible way of monitoring our progress toward achieving our goal. Campaign member, Renee Crevelli-Gross constructed a poster with the outline of a Cathedral and made small “bricks” of adhesive paper to “build” the cathedral as bricks were sold. The challenge was drawing the Cathedral in the proper shape to fit 500 bricks! Donations were made by check and collected with the regular offerings. Once a week, campaign member Janet Lane tallied the gifts and began “building” our Cathedral by placing the appropriate number of bricks “purchased” on our poster. The poster was displayed in our new narthex so church members could “watch” the Cathedral construction as they entered the sanctuary for Sunday service.

During the third week of the campaign, chairman Kim Andrup made a formal appeal at each church service, describing the extent of the destruction of the Cathedral and illustrating the role of the Church within the community in Haiti as the spiritual center, but also an educational resource for children and adults, a neighborhood health center and a place to turn to in times of trouble. Kim explained that with an average annual income of only $480, the Haitian people cannot rebuild the Cathedral by themselves. They need our support to help rebuild their spiritual home.

In addition to the slide presentation, announcements and appeals, the Youth Group held a pancake breakfast between church services, serving up persimmon and plum pancakes, eggs and bacon to the congregation. They generously donated all proceeds from the breakfast to the Haiti Cathedral project.

With the generous support of the people of St. Martin’s, we are very pleased to announce that our “Cathedral” has been built! We have sold over 650 bricks and are now putting an “addition” on the Cathedral.  I am so pleased with the way our congregation supported this important project, our final total raised is $10,733.50.

Click here to view pictures of the Rebuild campaigns around our diocese.

Do you have a story of your congregation's fundraising efforts for the church in Haiti?  Post a comment below, or submit it here

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