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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

Looking for a way to get involved? We currently have 4 humanitarian projects for the 2019-2020 school year with The Haiti Project. 

The backpack program

The backpack program provides school supplies and gifts for Haitian children.  We start assembling the backpacks in June and July; so we can shop for and send them in time for the start of school. Right now I don’t have the names/gender/ages of the students who will be returning this fall. Those that would like to participate in this project, should start thinking about the generic items, like hygiene and school supplies. The gifts would be based on information we receive about returning children. 

Tuition program

There are no public schools near the small rural town where the children live. Our students attend a school, sponsored by the local small church.  All students rely on sponsorship to attend school.  The tuition is $30 per month and the school year is 10 months long (September through June).  Many of our sponsored children literally,  have been saved from a Restavec situation.  Jean Rolain Marc was provided tuition starting in 2014 when I started the program; He was 14 years old and had never had the opportunity to attend school; He is now in the 6th grade and doing well.  The difference between servitude and illiteracy or at least a high school education is a sponsor.  If you have previously sponsored a child and wish to be a returning sponsor, please let me know.  New sponsors are always welcomed.  We provided sponsors for 73 children in the 2018-2019 school year. Richard says there are already additional student applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

School shoes

School children must wear black oxfords or Maryjane type shoes to school.  Each year we collect new or very gently used shoes for the school children.  Some of the kids walk 45 minutes to an hour one way to school; so shoes need to be sturdy. (See second picture).  I asked Richard, that they include the shoe sizes, for sponsored children this year so we can plan better;  shoes that are donated can be US shoe sizes. The children range from Pre-K to high school. Our oldest student is a fellow, that is 24!

Medical clinic

We just completed a medical clinic in Desarmes, Haiti,  the rural community that we serve.  Richard Jean Baptiste, the coordinator for all of our projects, is a newly minted MD.  The finishing touches still need to be completed, but Richard has already started to provide some minimal medical assistance to the community.  (Third picture)  He is the first person in his local area to achieve higher education.  We hope that through our mission to educate the younger children, he will not be the last.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the table in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.  

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