Magazine article Anglican Journal

Montreal Diocese Boosts VIM (Volunteer in Mission) Project in Haiti

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Montreal Diocese Boosts VIM (Volunteer in Mission) Project in Haiti

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Volunteer in Mission John Veldhuis, who set himself the ambitious task of starting up a university in impoverished Haiti, has received a $5,000 grant from the diocese of Montreal, enough for the Holly University to officially welcome its first students.

"Praise God and thanks to the diocese of Montreal. They saved the project whether they know it or not," Mr. Veldhuis said.

Holly University (named after Jacques Theodore Holly, first Anglican Bishop of Haiti), is temporarily housed in part of College St. Pierre in Port-au-Prince until it can find a more suitable location in the countryside.

Mr. Veldhuis's plan was to start up a university dedicated to teaching Haitians agriculture and silviculture (the study of trees.) To do this, he obtained funding from government agencies and a commitment from several North American schools and universities to supply staff on a short-term basis.

But as of September, when the classes were officially to get under way, the school needed $3,000 (U.S.) immediately and $6,000 to see its way through the first year. …

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