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.
St. Martin’s established a relationship with Beyond Borders and in 2015 began yearly support of the #SchoolsNotSlavery campaign. The funds sent each year support the Episcopal school of St. Philip and St. Jacques and the community of Chenkontan on Lagonav, Haiti. For more information, visit the Beyond Borders website: http://www.beyondborders.net/
Loudamise, a 6th grader on Lagonav Island, is in school, thanks to your generosity. Thank you for St. Martin’s generous Schools Not Slavery Partnership with St. Philip & St. Jacques School and the community of Nan Mango. We are grateful!
Your Schools Not Slavery Partnership means so much to vulnerable boys and girls like Loudamise (photo).
Loudamise is a sixth-grader on Lagonav Island. At 16, Loudamise is five years older than most girls and boys in the sixth grade. In fact, she almost never got the chance to go to school at all.
Children in Haiti whose parents either can’t afford to send them to school or who become trapped in slavery after being sent away to live with others can end up missing many years of schooling, falling far behind their peers.
But thanks to Schools Not Slavery Partners like St. Martin’s, teachers at schools like Loudamise’s - one of 25 schools in Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery Network - are trained in a government-approved curriculum called Accelerated Education that helps students who’ve been freed from slavery and returned home to start school and make up the grades they missed.
The Accelerated Education pedagogy provides over-aged children two years of the national curriculum in a single year. Once students are caught up to their grade level, they are mainstreamed into the appropriate grade level.
“My favorite subject is French, and I want to be an agronomist when I grow up,” Loudamise told us.
Thank you for making it possible for children in the community of Nan Mango who’ve missed multiple years of school to make up the grades they missed and catch up to their fellow students.
And thank you again for your generous partnership with St. Philip & St. Jacques School. Your care, your concern, and your commitment as a Schools Not Slavery Partner is ensuring that more vulnerable children like Loudamise get a high-quality education.
With deep gratitude,
Co-Founder & Executive Director | Beyond Borders
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.
Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.
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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.