Beyond Borders is an international nonprofit organization that offers emerging Haitian leaders the crucial tools and skills needed to mobilize their population and push for social change. As an organization that firmly believes in the God-given dignity and power of Haiti’s people, Beyond Borders designs and supports social programs that empower Haitians to end child slavery, gain access to quality education, end violence against girls and women, and develop systems that support dignified work and sustainable livelihoods.
Jonathan Haggard, son of Connie & Dick Haggard, is the financial officer for Beyond Borders. For more information, visit the Beyond Borders website: http://www.beyondborders.net/
In 2015, St. Martin’s participated in Beyond Border’s #SchoolsNotSlavery campaign in Haiti.
Thanks to donations amounting to over $2,000 from parishioners, we were able to support one classroom for a year and very nearly enough for two! The money raised went to support the Episcopal school of St. Philip and St. Jacques and the community of Chenkontan on Lagonav, Haiti.
This fall, we received an update on the community in Chenkontan that we supported. Our partnership helped to free five children, four girls and one boy, from slavery. The report they sent us may be found and read here.
Unfortunately, Lagonav was hard hit by Hurricane Matthew in early October 2016. St. Martin’s sent approximately $800 of support through Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), but we encourage our members also to send donations to support the rebuilding of Haiti through either ERD or Beyond Borders.
Learn more about our #SchoolsNotSlavery partnership at http://schoolsnotslavery.org/StMartinPhilly
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.