Adat Shalom Haiti Project

2018 SERVICE MISSION TO HAITI: DECEMBER 20-28, 2018. More information here

The Haiti Project program is now in its 7th year with 100+ participant families to date. Read the  Religious News Service feature about the project.  Read the March 2018 report of Adat Shalom's efforts in Haiti.





 Adat Shalom Haiti Project Timeline

January 2010. Earthquake hits Haiti and devastates the country.

  • Jan’11- Rabbi Sid and Sandy go to Haiti at the invitation of Israeli organization, Tevel B’Tzedek. Meet Pastor Johnny.
    • Sid proposes to raise money for NICL School. $100/yr for 5 years
    • Myrna Seidman agrees to chair Haiti Project
    • Interest expressed in a mission. R. Sid agrees to lead it.
  • Dec ’11- Pam Sommers takes the lead in organizing the first service mission. 16 people sign up. Tevel B’Tzedek coordinates the trip and the work.
  • Dec ’12- Second mission takes place. AS Director of Education, Chaya Silver, leads it and 13 people go. Fuller Center for Housing becomes our partner, planning all the logistics on the ground. We get introduced to Grace Int’l, a Haiti-based ministry/church which coordinates the service work.
    • Tevel b’Tzedek leaves Haiti
    • Decision is made to do mission every other year, alternating with a domestic mission to create a “culture of service” at AS
    • Bill Halpern and Marsha Teichman become co-chairs of Haiti Project
    • Social Action Committee makes the Haiti Project part of its program
  • March ’13- We use some money from the Haiti Fund to bring Pastor Johnny to Adat Shalom. R. Sid arranges sets up a series of visits with federal agencies with the help of Estelle Quain. Pastor Johnny shares the bima with R. Sid on a Shabbat morning.
  • Dec ’14-Third service mission led by R. Sid. 18 people participate. Mission participants raise about $6K to start building a dining hall for NICL. Haiti Fund kicks in an additional $4K. Fred Pinkney plans and creates Gan haMazon.
    • Haiti Fund Partners grows to about 90 households
    • Bob Lubran and Debbie Siegel become co-chairs of Haiti Project
  • Dec ’16- Fourth Service Mission to be led by R. Sid. 22 people signed up.
    • Fuller Center pulls out of Leogane. Grace Int’l takes over the logistics planning.
    • We now need to use Jewcer for the crowd funding as we can no longer use the Fuller Center website.
    • $17,000 was raised by the group which enabled the installation of a solar electric grid insuring 24/7 power to the campus (instead of 2-4 hours per day), building supplies and contractor services to complete a third building on campus to be designated for a dining hall and a major upgrade of Gan HaMazon.
    • Two private gifts from the mission made possible the installation of 15-station computer lab (using the back of the new dining hall) and the equipment for a full functioning kitchen.
  • March ’18- Pastor Johnny makes his second visit to Adat Shalom and shares the bima with Rabbi Sid. Fifth service mission is announced for December 2018.
  • December ’18- Twenty people join the Fifth Haiti Service Mission led by Rabbi Sid.
    • The group helps to raise $19,000 to fund capital improvements at NICL. That included:
      • Building two new classrooms on the roof of the building we completed in 2016. It will house a 7th and 8th grade, a needed expansion for NICL.
      • We shipped, constructed and installed a playground and a basketball hoop on the NICL campus.
      • We installed three composters in Gan haMazon and made the garden a focus of our work with the camp we ran for 30 children each afternoon.

Participating in the Project
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere with a per capita income of less than $2.00/day for 80% of the population. Public education is not provided and education must be privately funded. Your gift will help support a child's primary education!

Join your fellow congregants & pledge $100 each year for five years. The Haiti Committee donates approximately $8,000-$10,000 per year to NICL to help provide support in the areas of teacher salaries, tuition scholarships for those families in extreme need, and for equipment/facility enhancement for the school.

Use this form to make a pledge, to express interest in participating in a future mission trip to Haiti or to volunteer to work on the committee.

For information about the following program aspects, please contact the co-chairs of the Haiti Project
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Adat Shalom Haiti Project Information & Resources

- Faith & Service in Haiti by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, May 21, 2018

PlayingMarch 2018 Report with a List of Current Haiti Partners

The School: Nouvelle Institution Chretienne de Leogane (NICL)

The Community Center in Guerin, Haiti (Leogane Region)

• 2015 Haiti Project Update Video 

• January 3, 2015 – Rabbi Sid’s Sermon on the Haiti Project

• March 8, 2014 – Shabbat Service with Pastor Johnny Felix and Rabbi Sid

- December, 2012 – Hanukkah to Haiti Brochure

• March 21, 2012 – "Adat Shalom's Incredible Mission." Washington Jewish Week 

Special Impressions from the 2011 Haiti Trip


Recommended Books & Articles

Painting• Danticat, E. (1998).The Farming of Bones. New York: Soho Press.

• Farmer, P. (2011). Haiti After the Earthquake. New York: PublicAffairs.

• Kidder, T. (2004). Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. New York: Random House.

• Jan 7, 2012 Economist article on hope for Haiti 

Social Action Opportunities

For more information on the Social Action Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on a specific project, please, contact the project leaders directly. See the Social Action Opportunities page for details. Read the Social Action Brochure here. Read the latest Social Action Newsletter here.

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