St. Thomas Church Supports Girls in Haiti in a Year of Intense Struggle
After months of the worst civil unrest in Haiti in years – widespread protests against the government, gang violence, tire burnings, road blockages, sexual assault – 35 girls and young women found relief and hope this summer in a 10-day retreat designed for holistic support and education. Sponsored by the Women and Girls Initiative (WGI), these girls from the most poverty-stricken and oppressed areas of Haiti receive tuition to attend school during the year and to participate in the WGI Leadership Academy in the summer.
Under the umbrella of Partners-In-Health, WGI was founded by Didi Bertrand-Farmer, now a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Coral Gables. Drawn by the stories of the remarkable work that WGI accomplishes, parishioners at St. Thomas for the last three years have designated their major fundraiser for outreach to WGI’s work in Haiti. On Shrove Tuesday last spring, the community was invited to a Crepe Dinner with live music, Haitian dancers, WGI’s Mobile Art exhibit, arts and crafts from Haiti for purchase, and opportunities to sponsor scholarships.
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