Aug. 18, 2013

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All Saints' Focus Project - Saint Cyprien Episcopal School in Haiti


In 2012, the All Saints Outreach Committee selected the rebuilding of St. Cyprien Episcopal School in Haiti as its Focus Project for 2012-13. St. Cyprien is located in the mountain country about 2 hours north of Bainet and close to the Bay at Jacmel.


In May of this year, two Outreach Committee members, Mary Jane Buchanan and Syd Walker, traveled to St. Cyprien to deliver funds for the ongoing construction of St. Cyprien Episcopal School (grades K-8), which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. To date All Saints Outreach has contributed $51,911 toward the building of this school. It is anticipated that the new school will be open and ready for classes this coming fall. The building will have ten separate rooms and should accommodate close to 300 students. The main construction taking place now is the roof, which should be in place soon. The structure is comprised of bricks which are hand-made on site and dried in the sun. All of the work is done by local trades-people who benefit by the income from working on this construction project and in-turn help the local economy. Since electricity is limited to 2 hours each day -- from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- construction is a labor-intense project.


At the present time, classes are held in a "canvas school" with each grade divided from the other by plastic sheets hung on clothes lines. Like young children throughout the world, Haitian children adapt well to their new environment, and arrive at school in clean, freshly-pressed sunflower yellow uniforms which their mothers have labored to provide. Both the children and their parents take great pride in their appearance - perfect posture, clean clothes, and shined shoes. The Haitians are a dignified people, filled with the joyful spirit of the Lord. The Haitian spoken language is a non-standardized form of Haitian Creole and their written language is French. Children read and write in French, but even that has its limitations since there are no pencils or paper - only well-worn blackboards and crumbling chalk.


Eleven months ago, through the good offices of the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, a contract was drawn up between All Saints and St. Cyprien to be administered by a local priest, Pere Soner Alexandre. Our Outreach Travel Team in May of 2013, guided by Dr. Serena Beeks of the Los Angeles Diocese, had the extraordinary opportunity to stay with Pere Soner in Bainet and visit the children of St. Cyprien School and see the new school under construction. The report back to All Saints from our visiting team is:


"We are doing really great things in Haiti.

Our money is being well-spent!"


New Focus Projects Sought From Parish

As mentioned, St. Cyprien school construction project was chosen by All Saints Outreach as our Focus Project for 2012-13 [Peoples' Self Help Housing projects in Carpinteria were our previous Focus Project]. At the conclusion of this year we will be looking for another Focus Project. While, individual parishioners may choose to participate in the work at St. Cyprien of their own volition in coming years, the funding work done through Outreach will come to a close when "our" school opens this Fall. This means that we are actively seeking suggestions from parishioners for a Focus Project for 2014-15. 

Helping Others
What is a Focus Project?  

Through Outreach, All Saints funds many requests that are brought to us each year through a grant process. A Focus Project is slightly different in that it usually runs for a 2-year period, involves larger sums of money, and in most cases we identify the projects and go to the recipients rather than having them come to us. It can be local or world-wide as in the case of Haiti. If possible, it would be good to select a local Focus Project for 2014-15. Please see Susan Evans, Outreach Chair, with your suggestions.


Through Outreach, All Saints learns to serve the needs of those around us, whether those needs are near at hand or far off. If we are known by the neighbors we keep, then Outreach makes a great neighborhood.


All Saints serves the community through ministries of nourishing the minds of children, feeding the poor and hungry, and encouraging the work of our neighbors to help themselves by befriending them. Our Church knows we are at our best when we practice the work God has sent us to do -- to share God's love wherever we may.

Outreach Committee

 Barbara Askew


Mary Jane Buchanan


 Linda Chapman

Lisa Chiles


Judy Cresap


Susan F. Evans, Chair and Vestry Liaison


Mary Ann Froley 


Debbie Geremia
Stephen Schaible
Holiday Vaill

Sydney Walker

Outreach Communications Coordinator


 Patricia Fredlund




To contact the Outreach Committee, call the All Saints church office at (805) 969-4771
or send an email

Request Outreach Funds

Applications for grants are reviewed by the Outreach Committee in April, July and November. The deadlines for receiving applications for each grant review are February 28 for April decisions, May 31 for July decisions, and September 30 for November decisions.  More information and an application form are available here. 

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