Last month, I traveled to Haiti and spent quality time with the children and staff of the Haiti Micah Project in Mirebalais. I visited the SAES Home where we provide 24-hour care to a group of children and young people and participated in the Feeding Program, which serves more than 400 children. While at the feeding program, several people came over to share with me the important contribution that HMP is providing the Mirebalais area. They shared with me the blessing of providing a hot meal to the children and young people, which enables them to flourish in school. They also thanked me for the water treatment center which provides clean drinking water to the community, especially now, when there no running water in Mirebalais due to public works construction.
What makes it possible for us to have such a major impact? I have to say it is our amazing staff on the ground. Overseeing the feeding program is Eliphete Mahotiere, long-time SAES staff member. Eliphete contributes a great deal to the daily production of the midday meal, which is the only meal for most of the children we serve. Eliphete administers the feeding program with a high level of professionalism and grace.
In addition to his work as administrator of the Feeding Program, Eliphete also teaches English at the SAES Home and works as translator to our mission groups. He feels compelled to stay in Haiti and put into use the education that he received. He finished high school and attended a local university. His mother, Louise Mariessainte Marcellus sells produce in the local market and his father Louis Macedoine Eliphene Mahotiere works as a farmer. According to Eliphete, both his parents worked very hard to ensure that he received an education and they are very proud of his accomplishments and his work with the Haiti Micah Project.
Haiti’s future depends on young men like Eliphete Mahotierre who are determined to remain in Haiti and offer their gifts and talents to the service of their country. I am grateful that Eliphete chose to work with HMP as we seek to empower the next generation.
The Rev. Joseph M. Constant