Lincoln County Ecumenical Committee visited Gros Morne, Haiti

February 2014 was a good month for the region of Gros Morne and its inhabitants. The proceeds from a charity event held in their honor were delivered to them for use in various projects to be undertaken within the town. The nearly $8,000 worth of donations was procured at a Haiti Benefit Dinner held on February 7 at Damariscotta Mills' St. Patrick's Church. Handing over the proceeds to the town at the end of the month was the Lincoln County Ecumenical Committee.


Present at the handing over was Dean Curran, the committee's co-chair, and the founders of Haiti Benefit Dinner, Frazier and Susan Meade, both hailing from St. Andrew's Church in Newcastle. The group spent two days in the town that can be described as extremely impoverished, visiting the sites to benefit from the proceeds.

The donation given is to be used to ameliorate conditions in four areas with education being given priority. Much of the fund will be given to the girls' school San Gabriel Catholic. Improvements will be made to the school's kitchen, from which students receive a hot meal each day, and repairs will be made to the roof of the school building, which is 120 years old, as well as to the school's latrines.

Following the theme of education, money will be used for scholarships to students of the Resurrection School of the Episcopal Church. There will also be a micro-credit project to help poor women expand their small businesses. There is also a literacy element to this project that will see the women be given the opportunity of an education.

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