Written by Phyllis Richards
Pictured is The Rev. Patrick Villier, President of CONASPEH. He is standing in the newly rebuilt two-story facility which replaces the one lost in the 2010 Earthquake.
The National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH, pronounced co-na-spay) continues recovery and reconstruction in the wake of the January 12, 2010, earthquake.
The Rev. Patrick Villier, President of CONASPEH, feels blessed by the number of United Church of Christ members and friends who responded so generously during their time of need and distress.
It has already been two years, and construction has begun on a new two-story 18,000 square foot classroom building with a total of 15 classrooms. The student capacity is 1,300.
The rebuilt main building of CONASPEH (pictured) inaugurated February 2011, was reconstructed on the site of the original six-story building demolished in the earthquake.
Jeanette Salley, member of St. John’s UCC of Richmond, Virginia, is a newly appointed Global Ministries Missionary assigned to serve with CONASPEH. She is the assistant for disaster preparation and response, and a teacher at St. Andrew Seminary.
Jeanette was part of a delegation visiting Haiti at the time of the earthquake. Seeing the devastation, and the resourcefulness of the people, she felt called to help them rebuild their lives.
Jeanette is supported by funds from One Great Hour of Sharing of the United Church of Christ and will serve with CONASPEH for a three year term. In addition to disaster relief funds, OGHS provides support to the micro-lending, education and trauma recovery programs of CONASPEH.