Wide reaching: That’s the best way to describe Friends of Fort Liberté in Haiti. From building much needed infrastructure and sheltering orphans and grandparents, to feeding, educating and healing those in their community, it’s obvious that this organization is committed to their vision: a poverty-free Fort Liberté.
As a way to support elderly people who have no caregivers, Friends of Fort Liberté (FFL) operates Grandparents House and Jericho Village, both shelters for older neighbors without families. Another program, Teacher Buddies, provides salary support for all of the teachers at the local Eben-Ezer school.
In 2004, FFL completed the Eben-Ezer Clinic, a venue that provides year-round healthcare (clinic, pharmacy and lab) for Fort Liberté, serving thousands of needy patients every year.
Finally, their Eben-Ezer Farm is an on-going project that provides food for the surrounding neighborhood. Recent developments in irrigation systems and solar power have greatly enhanced the yield of crops and enabled the planting of a large supply of locally cherished fruits and vegetables. On top of contributing food to their community, the farm provides job opportunities to former orphans.
Enter First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. For the past several years, FPC Dallas has worked to foster a relationship with FFL’s programs, staffing their clinic and pharmacy for a week each January. In early 2018, conversations began around partnering with the Synod of the Sun’s renewable energy initiative Solar Under the Sun to bring solar power to parts of Friends of Fort Liberté’s infrastructure.
In October of 2018, eight members of FPC Dallas will travel to Ferncliff, Arkansas, to begin training with the Synod on how to assess, install and re-evaluate solar power equipment. This three year development project will kick off in January 2019, when those volunteers will travel to Haiti with a larger contingent from FPC Dallas to begin the work of installing the solar equipment.
For more information on this exciting partnership, join us on Sunday, August 12 at FPC Dallas for a luncheon with the Reverend Dasnis Pierre of FFL. Pastor Dasnis will expand on the exciting endeavors in Fort Liberté and provide more information on how you can help make this project a success.
The luncheon will begin after the 10:50 a.m. Sanctuary worship service (approximately noon). Reservations for a boxed lunch are encouraged and donations are appreciated. To save your seat, email Kathy Price.