Forest Hill Church Haitian Celebration is July 14
For Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian (FHC), the 7.0 M earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and the Haitian people's struggle to rebuild have provided an opportunity to change lives.
In 2012, eight FHC members traveled to Haiti hoping to connect and build relationships with Haitians in the center of the country. The team was impressed by the opportunities to partner in agrarian development, education, midwife programs, and hospital and other basic health care. They plan to return to Haiti with a larger group this October.
In order to raise funds for medical care, education and sanitation, FHC will host SOHoh (Supporting Opportunity and Hope in Haiti) at SOHO, on July 14, from 5–8 p.m., at Cleveland Scene Magazine’s Best New Restaurant of 2013: SOHO Kitchen & Bar.
The event is by advance reservation only. The $50 per person ($30 tax deductible) ticket includes hearty samplings of Haitian-inspired cuisine and two drink tickets.
At 6:30 p.m., there will be an informal presentation about the Forest Hill Church-Haiti partnership, and at 7 p.m., there will be a live auction of art quilts by local and nationally recognized quilters, and a spectacular piece of blown art glass by artist Brent Kee Young.
In addition to working and learning with their Haitian partners, the Haiti team hopes to deliver scholarships for young farmers learning to farm efficiently for self-sufficiency.
Event proceeds will also be used for educational enrichment, medical care and community development programs of the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Incarnation located in the town of Pandiassou, Haiti, near the city of Hinche.
For more information about FHC's Haitian program visit, www.fhcpresb.org/social-justice-outreach/international-connections-haiti/. For event reservations or donations, call 216-371-9004.
Peg Weissbrod is a freelance writer and publicity coordinator/webmaster for Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, in Cleveland Heights.