Our diocese has a 40-year relationship with the people of Cange, Haiti, and the surrounding area Haiti's Central Plateau.
In 1979 Father Fritz Lafontant met and formed a partnership with the Rt. Rev. William A. Beckham, sixth bishop of Upper South Carolina. That same year a church, L'Église Bon Sauveur, was erected at Cange on a dry and grassy hilltop.
In 1981 our diocese made the first of many medical trips to Cange, and since then, much has been accomplished. An engineering project brought running water to the village in the mid-1980s. Construction projects have included a medical clinic, eye clinic, dental clinic, and hospital, as well as a sewing center that provides employment for local women. Under the auspices of our diocesan "Adopt-a-Village" project, more than 15 schools have been built in the area.
Our work in Haiti has been greatly helped by our friendship and alliance with Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard physician and founder of Partners in Health who spends much of his time at Cange and who has worked unceasingly to serve the medical and social needs of the area. Much of our work in Haiti now supports Zanmilasante (the Haitian branch of Partners in Health).
Other partner organizations we support include: