A History of St Andre School and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
Soon after Haiti was devastated by earthquake damage on January 12. 2010, we developed a special Diocese-to-Parish relationship with St Andre to assist in the rebuilding their church and school.
Thanks to support from the Diocese of Indianapolis, students at St. Andre’s in Mithon now have a new school building, . In March 2013, the Executive Council of the Diocese of Indianapolis voted to use up to $340,000 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti to build a school for the residents of Mithon. The school currently has 200 students in Pre-K through 6th grade. The new building was built to withstand earthquakes and heavy winds.
A transitional school structure was built with funds from the Diocese of Indianapolis in 2012. The community now uses the original building as a church and community gathering space. $21,500 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti was used for this purpose.
80% of Haitians live below the international poverty line of existing on just $2 per day, and 54% of Haitians live in abject poverty by existing on an average of just $1.25 per day or $456 per year. The Haitian unemployment rate is 40% and 47% of Haitians are illiterate.