The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina has a 40-year relationship with the people of Cange, Haiti, and the surrounding area Haiti's Central Plateau. Click here to download the book Partnership Haiti: 40 Years of Mission and Ministry in Cange.
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, who was a Harvard physician and founder of Partners in Health. Dr. Farmer began a healing ministry in Haiti's central plateau more than two decades ago as a young medical student. His dream and hard work blossomed into the worldwide charitable mission known as Partners in Health.
The mission and ministry of our diocese in areas of health, education, agriculture, and clean water for the people of Haiti has been intertwined with Partners in Health for many years. Moreover, Dr. Farmer has been a friend of many Upper South Carolina missionaries who have transformed thousands of lives for the better through our collective work.
In his remarkable career, Dr. Farmer was able to mentor and inspire a large number of global health professionals who share his passion and will continue his crusade for social justice and health equity.
Much of our work in Haiti now supports Zanmilasante (the Haitian branch of Partners in Health).
Other partner organizations we support include: