On behalf of Bishop Don Johnson (West Tennessee) and Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin (Haiti), we give thanks for all who have been involved through education, food, healthcare, learning and water with this ministry. While we celebrate the initial commitment (in 2005) of the Rev. Joe Porter and Grace-St. Luke’s Memphis, which also has handled the financial administration of our partnership, we now are excited by diocesan energy and commitment to be in relationship with Haiti as our Companion Diocese.
Historically, our relationship had been primarily to serve St. Paul’s Episcopal School and Church in Montrouis and St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince. Through our companion diocese relationship and its ﬁve components, we will continue to foster these relationships and build community with the wider Diocese of Haiti in a variety of ways based on needs assessments, open communications and mutual agreements between the bishops and companionship leadership of both dioceses. During the 29th Annual Convention of the Diocese of West Tennessee (March 4-6, 2010), a presentation and resolution about the new relationship as companion dioceses was offered and unanimously approved for us to move together in ministry with our sisters and brothers in Haiti.
EDUCATION = Support the overall educational needs of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children Port-au-Prince and possibly other places of learning by providing academic supplies, scholarships, assistance with special renovation projects and more.
FOOD = Participate in efforts to provide balanced and quality food for less-fed children and adults.
HEALTHCARE = Spend time at institutions, such as St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children, to provide primary medical care on an annual basis and establish relationships with medical professionals and groups, such as the Children’s Medical Missions of Haiti, to offer quality care for children and adults.
WATER = Partner with other organizations to develop self-sustaining water systems at designated areas in consultation with the Diocese of Haiti.
West Tennessee Haiti Partnership Companion Relationship Commission
The Right Rev. Don Johnson, Bishop – The Rev. Drew Woodruff, Coordinator
Vance Lewis, Finance – Dr. Susan Nelson, Healthcare
West Tennessee Haiti Partnership
5865 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38120