Haiti Mission Trip

We’re on our way with Haiti BuyAMile!
You can keep us going! The total cost of the trip is $8.35 a mile for our whole group. There are three ways to give: (1) Text “FPCLEX BuyAMile” to 73256 and give to the Youth Missions fund (standard messaging rates may apply). (2) Donate online by selecting “Youth Missions” in the drop down menu and adding the memo “Buy a Mile.” (3) Write a check with “Buy a Mile” in the memo line.

Haiti Book Mob

Join the fun! First Presbyterian Church has been partnering with the CEUC school in Haiti for 10 years now. We’ve built a long-term relationship. In part, this is because we’re engaged—not only going on trips & offering financial support, but learning about the Haitian culture—their strengths and the issues they face. This year, there are three books we’re reading to deepen our understanding.

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan M. Katz is a crucial look at a signal failure of international aid. Jonathan M. Katz was the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti on January 12, 2010, when the earthquake struck. In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and through the monumental–yet misbegotten–rescue effort that followed.

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat accounts her move from Haiti to New York at the age of twelve and the terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I’m Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.