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Celebrating our Partners on International Day of Peace

Celebrating our Partners on International Day of Peace

 Members of MCC partner JUPED (Youth United for Environmental Protection and Development) hold a sign reading “Conflict is vital, but violence is mortal.”

Members of MCC partner JUPED (Youth United for Environmental Protection and Development) hold a sign reading “Conflict is vital, but violence is mortal.”

September 21st is International Day of Peace. MCC’s partners in Haiti are building peace every day by resolving conflicts, transforming communities, and advocating on behalf of Haiti’s most vulnerable. Celebrate peace with us by learning about their work!


ACJ (Christian Justice Association)

 L-R ACJ founders Siméon Jean, Siméon Valet and Pastor Venel Lundy

L-R ACJ founders Siméon Jean, Siméon Valet and Pastor Venel Lundy

Setting Captives Free: Legal Ministry in Haiti

ACJ mobilizes and trains volunteer Christian lawyers to provide direct legal services to individuals in detention with relatively straight-forward, low-level offenses or accusations. Because of the tremendous need, ACJ has started by prioritizing serving detainees and inmates who are fathers so that each person’s release helps reunify a family. Because ACJ understands its work as ministry, the ACJ lawyers also offer to re-connect freed detainees and inmates with their churches, or, if they don’t have a church, put them in touch with a local pastor who can try to further support their reintegration into the community.

VIDEO: Legal Aid as Ministry


JUPED (Youth United for Environmental Protection and Development)

 JUPED member and mediator Alex Pierre at JUPED’s office in Ti Plas Kazo.

JUPED member and mediator Alex Pierre at JUPED’s office in Ti Plas Kazo.

Building a City of Peace

Faced with a vulnerable, transient population and a weak and inefficient justice system, JUPED, with MCC support, launched a community-based restorative justice platform called Ti Platfòm Lapè, (Little Platforms of Peace) in 2017. The peace platforms are composed of pastors, teachers, market women, and other community members who have been trained in mediation skills and who meet every fifteen days to hear and resolve cases of conflict and violence in the community. In addition to peacefully resolving cases, JUPED monitors the rates of conflict and violence in the area and holds events to raise community awareness of human rights, conflict, violence, and peace.


SAKALA

 Participants play soccer at the SAKALA community in Cité Soleil.

Participants play soccer at the SAKALA community in Cité Soleil.

GOAL! : Playing Soccer for Peace in Haiti’s Largest Slum

What’s the best way to teach peace and nonviolence? For youth in Cité Soleil, one of Haiti’s most underdeveloped areas, the answer is soccer.

SAKALA, a partner of MCC’s for six years, has scored a goal with this concept. Gangs have broken Cité Soleil into competing turf and plunged the community into cyclical fighting. To the rest of Haiti, people from Cité Soleil’s 34 neighborhoods are stigmatized, dogged by assumptions of banditry and violence. SAKALA is working to change that perception and teach peace.

VIDEO: Playing soccer for peace in Cité Soleil


SOFA (Solidarity with Haitian Women)

 Abigaelle Levasseur (right) with her mother, Manite Levasseur, at SOFA's office in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Abigaelle Levasseur (right) with her mother, Manite Levasseur, at SOFA's office in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Finding Peace After Disaster: Confronting Sexual and Gender-Based Violence After Hurricane Matthew

When we think of disasters, such as Hurricane Matthew that battered Haiti in the fall of 2016, the images that often come to our minds are of flattened houses, destroyed infrastructure, fleeing families and hungry people. The suffering is clear and public.

What we don't see is the amount of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls that follows nearly every disaster because of the additional stress placed on families.

VIDEO: Supporting survivors of gender-based and sexual violence after Hurricane Matthew


Zanmi Timoun (Friends of Children)

 Members of the Zanmi Timoun staff team

Members of the Zanmi Timoun staff team

Sharing Hope through Justice

For Jean Louis, hope came in the form of MCC partner Zanmi Timoun (Friends of the Children). Zanmi Timoun seeks out cases of children in prison serving far more than their allotted sentence. They work with the prison system to set meetings with the children to assess their needs and begin the process of working toward release and reintegration to their communities.

Zanmi Timoun provides incarcerated children with a lawyer and pays the court fees children’s families are unable to pay. With legal representation, most children finally receive a hearing with a judge and are often released soon afterwards.


These are just some examples of the peace work being done in Haiti. All of MCC’s work, in Haiti and around the world, aims to minimize conflict by developing community-centered development models and by educating staff, partners, and participants about peace and conflict. Together, we’re working toward a world that is more just and peaceful for everyone.

An Abundance of Avocados

An Abundance of Avocados

Material Resources Arrive in Port-au-Prince

Material Resources Arrive in Port-au-Prince