Adat Shalom Haiti Project
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.
Adat Shalom Haiti Project Timeline
• January 2010. Earthquake hits Haiti and devastates the country.
• January 2011- Rabbi Sid and Sandy go to Haiti at the invitation of Israeli organization, Tevel B’Tzedek. There they meet Pastor Johnny.
o Rabbi Sid proposes to raise money for Nouvelle Institution Chretienne de Leogane (NICL) School. $100/yr for 5 years
o Myrna Seidman agrees to chair the Haiti Project
o Interest expressed in a mission. Rabbi Sid agrees to lead it.
• December 2011 - Pam Sommers takes the lead in organizing the first service mission. 16 people participate. Tevel B’Tzedek coordinates the trip and the work.
• December 2012 - Second mission takes place. AS Director of Education, Chaya Silver, leads it and 13 people participate. Fuller Center for Housing becomes our partner, planning all the logistics on the ground. We get introduced to Grace International, a Haiti-based ministry/church which coordinates the service work.
o Tevel b’Tzedek leaves Haiti
o Decision is made to do mission every other year, alternating with a domestic mission to create a “culture of service” at AS
o Bill Halpern and Marsha Teichman become co-chairs of the Haiti Project
o Social Action Committee makes the Haiti Project part of its program
• March 2013 - We use some money from the Haiti Fund to bring Pastor Johnny to Adat Shalom. Rabbi Sid arranges a series of visits with federal agencies with the help of Estelle Quain. Pastor Johnny shares the bima with Rabbi Sid on a Shabbat morning.
• December 2014 - Third service mission led by Rabbi 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.
o Haiti Fund Partners grows to about 90 households
• June 2016 - First domestic service mission takes place led by Social Action Committee and Rabbi Julie. About 25 participants.
o Bob Lubran and Debbie Siegel become co-chairs of Haiti Project
• December 2016 - Fourth Service Mission led by Rabbi Sid. 22 people participate. Slideshow here.
o Fuller Center pulls out of Leogane. Grace International takes over the logistics planning.
o We now need to use Jewcer.org for the crowd funding, as we can no longer use the Fuller Center website.
o $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.
o Two private gifts from the mission made possible the installation of a 15-station computer lab (using the back of the new dining hall) and the equipment for a fully functioning kitchen.
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
Adat Shalom Haiti Project Information & Resources
• 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
• March 21, 2012 – "Adat Shalom's Incredible Mission." Washington Jewish Week
Recommended Books & Articles
• 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