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Pray-Study-Act: Retrofitting Haiti 3 years after the quake
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PRAY: Prayer for Haiti on the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake
STUDY: Retrofitting Haiti with community-building and social justice 3 years after the quake
ACT: Follow the Kita Nago march for unity

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Parish resources on Haiti from CRS 


 Read the report from Pax Christi Florida's November 2012 delegation to Haiti


 Read this story about last summer's visit to the Sakala project by two members of Pax Christi Michigan


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January 22, 2013


Today's Prayer-Study-Action e-bulletin (PSA) was put together by Amy Watts and Manuel Padilla, who co-coordinate the work between Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi Port-au-Prince involving the Sakala project in Cite Soleil. 

Sakala staff in Cite Soleil. (Photo from Pax Christi Florida)

It is just over three years since an earthquake devastated Haiti. We invite you to consider the current situation in Haiti and what you, your group, your region, your church community and others may be called to do to assist in the collaboration between Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi Port-au-Prince. Read on for resources for prayer, study and action.


In peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

PRAY: Prayer for Haiti on the

3rd anniversary of the earthquake

from Catholic Relief Services
Loving God, encourage us as we unite in prayer with our brothers and sisters in Haiti as we commemorate the 3rd year anniversary of the earthquake. We ask for continued blessings as communities recover and rebuild. Help us to know that we are connected to each other. Grant us your peace when we feel anxious about the future. Teach us how to love one another the way you love us. As we serve you, grant to us the guidance and the wisdom that will teach us to honor and share your vast resources, your call to peace and your love. We ask this through your son Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

STUDY: Retrofitting Haiti with community-building & social justice 3 years after the quake

by Amy Watts and Manuel Padilla, 

Haiti project co-coordinators


The astonishing collapse of Port-au-Prince's cityscape, three years ago, is often cited as an enduring witness to the bleeding of the definition of natural disaster into the definition of man-made disaster. Where does one begin and the other end? One of the lone structures that still stood, and that still stands from before the earthquake, near the airport is a hotel built during the time of Aristide. It was an example of a new set of standards for building codes implemented by the government. A building needs structural integrity to survive such a shock. But what we address in building codes we often neglect in our own relationships. Society needs standards too. Society needs structural integrity to survive and thrive.

Pax Christi Port-au-Prince is working to put in place the deep foundation and flexibility of community to newly address the instabilities in Haitian society, starting right where they grew up, in Cite Soleil. They are doing this at great personal cost and with real joy...


Click here to read this entire article.

ACT:  Follow the "Kita Nago" march for unity

Since January 1st of this year, Haitians have been marching across Haiti to spread the message of unity throughout the country. The men and women participating in the march are carrying a half ton piece of wood with the Haitian flag fixed to it, calling it the Kita Nago. Beginning at the westernmost point of the Haitian peninsula and heading toward the most northeastern part of the country, the march will cover 700 kilometers. 

For the last 20 days, Haitians have been learning about this march and joining in when the Kita Nago goes through their town. One of the most recent stops was in Cite Soleil where Pax Christi Port-au-Prince has its SAKALA program. 

If you can read French or translate it through your web browser, you can visit the official Kita Nago site here.

To show your solidarity with the message of unity that the march is trying to spread, share information about Kita Nago on your Facebook page, thru Twitter, or by forwarding this email on to friends and family.

Also, consider planting a solidarity tree in your yard or nurture it in a planter inside your home. When the Kita Nago reaches its final destination in the city of Ouanaminthe, each Haitian is being asked to plant a tree as a lasting sign of unity. You can join them in this effort.