Updated below with report from Episcopal Life Online.
Via email from The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
[Inserted material added by the Episcopal Café.]
The Episcopal Church: Facts about the Diocese of Haiti and the aftermath of the earthquake
The world continues to watch after a devastating 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti, with the death toll mounting each day. The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development responded immediately. The following fact sheet will assist in your continued reporting of the Haiti earthquake.
Please continue to check the special Haiti page for updated and additional information.
Updated information available from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, including items from across the country on missionaries, church responses, persons in Haiti, etc.
The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is part of The Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. Zache Duracin is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. He is unharmed; his wife suffered an injury to her foot. [The bishop remains with his people in Haiti. He spoken to the NYT about role of US in the relief effort.]
The Episcopal Church in Haiti has lost a cathedral, convent, Holy Trinity Complex, College St. Pierre, and a Jubilee Center.
The Episcopal Church’s three missionaries who were in Haiti are all accounted for - Mallory Holding, Jude Harmon, and Oge Beauvoir, who is the dean of the Theological Seminary, along with his wife Serette.
The Diocesan offices are located in Port-au-Prince.
Episcopal Relief & Development has disbursed emergency funding to the Diocese of Haiti to help meet critical needs such as food, water and shelter for those affected. Donations can be made to Episcopal Relief & Development by calling 800-334-7626 ext 5129.
Episcopal Relief & Development has a four star rating on Charity Navigator and meets all 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau.
Bulletin inserts from Episcopal Relief & Development are available in both Spanish and English.
Haiti is the largest and fastest-growing diocese in The Episcopal Church. There are over 83,000 Episcopalians in Haiti. (Source: The Episcopal Church Research Statistics)
There are 97 Episcopal churches in Haiti. We are in the process of ascertaining their status; updates will be posted on the Episcopal Church Haiti page:
(Source: The Episcopal Church Research Statistics)
This number reflects 115 congregations and communities of faith. (Source: 2009 Episcopal Church Annual)
In 2008, the diocese celebrated over 200 child and adult baptisms, and over 700 child and adult confirmations. (Source: The Episcopal Church Research Statistics)
The Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee, chairman of FreshMinistries and BTCI, has been leading the way in the pooling of resources since HHS contacted him. Dr. Lee has long-standing relationships with the Episcopal Church in Haiti and close ties with the Haitian government....]
The Rev. Oge Beauvoir, head of BTCH and Haitian dean of Bureau Anglican de l'Education en Haiti (BAEH), which operates 254 Episcopal Haitian schools, has so far rounded up 41 Haitian physicians and 37 translators.
For more information and to find out how you can help, contact FreshMinistries/Be The Change International at 904.355.0000 or visit http://www.freshministries.org or http://www.bethechangeinternational.org
Addendum. This report from Episcopal Life Online bristles with links and information. Some excerpts: The Haiti Nursing Foundation reported on its website Jan. 20 that three students from the diocese's school of nursing in Léogâne died in their homes during the Jan. 12 quake that also destroyed 80 - 90 percent of the buildings in the main part of town.
That report came along with the news that six babies had been born at the makeshift hospital that has been operating at the school's buildings since just after the earthquake. The foundation reported that 27 members of a relief team from Japan, including four doctors and seven nurses, are now working at the school and sleeping in one of the dormitories....
According to confirmed reports, included on CNN's iReport here, at least six children and staff, and possibly as many as 10, were killed when one of the school's buildings [at St. Vincent School for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince] collapsed. Since then, the school has been robbed of materials, St.Vincent's director, the Rev. Léon Sadoni said in the CNN iReport and elsewhere.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop, said in a statement that the church has received reports of fraudulent e-mails in [Bishop] Duracin's name soliciting donations for Haiti.
"Please do not respond with funds unless you are absolutely certain that the sender is who he or she claims to be," he said, urging people to support the people of Haiti through Episcopal Relief & Development.