MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This past year, AME-SADA has continued to stabilize its financial resources in light of the many challenges that its mission demands. As we celebrate the completion of 39 years of service, the organization has engaged its field and headquarters staff in several new directions designed to address the changing needs of those we serve. As a result, while maintaining focus on our core sectors of Education and Health, we are now emphasizing agriculture and alternative energy in our project portfolio, thereby providing a more integrated program implementation approach to ensure a more effective and efficient use of our human, material and financial resources. In the Health Sector, we endeavor to respond to the growing needs of the population we serve in Haiti. While emphasizing child and maternal health services, AME-SADA is now a full-service provider for patients seeking treatment for HIV/AIDS. As we continue the implementation of our current USAID-funded health sub-contracts, we have secured additional funds for these programs to ensure their expansion and strengthening. This expansion includes continuing work toward the Bercy Transition Center for At-risk Pregnant Women, made possible with funding from the 11th Episcopal District Women’s Missionary Society’s Dorothy Adams Peck Leadership Institute, Bishop McKinley Young, Supervisor Dorothy Jackson Young, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and other grants and donations. AME-SADA is very grateful to the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society for its generous donation for the construction of the soon to be built Delice I Health Center. For the Education Sector in Haiti, we are now emphasizing school health, thereby allowing us to reach a new target group consisting of young people who are more than five years old. In Haiti we will be involving our constituents in areas of agricultural production and rudimentary agricultural processing aimed at increasing their sources and margins of profit. Through a grant from W. K. Kellogg Foundation, AME-SADA has completed a study to identify approaches to increase family economic security and improve agricultural development in the Arcahaie Commune of Western Haiti. We are also seeking new sources of funding to develop the agricultural sector generally. While seeking new and more diverse sources of funding for its programs, AME-SADA is now developing closer ties with partners working in the same sectors in order to increase our outreach, especially on the continent of Africa. In South Africa, AME-SADA has completed its USAID/ASHA grants to support the development of the infrastructure of the Wilberforce Community College (WCC) campus. The search for additional support for the campus’ existing and developing academic programs and community outreach is ongoing to including the investigation of solar energy training and a trial solar farm for the WCC campus. A West Africa Regional Office has opened in Accra, Ghana with the appointment of a Regional Director and the current renovation of the office site provided through the generosity of Bishop Clement Fugh of the 14th Episcopal District and Rev. Collier Coleman, Presiding Elder in Accra.
AME-SADA is very thankful to USAID, the AME Church, the W.K Kellogg Foundation, other non-government organizations and the many individuals and churches who continue to support our activities and show great confidence in our programs. In the coming year, AME-SADA anticipates diversifying its funding sources and geographical outreach as it initiates operations in new countries in Africa and the Caribbean. After thirty-eight years of operation, as we look to the future, we are appreciative to the many organizations and individuals who have supported and believe in our entrenched commitment of improving the quality of life for all people. We appreciate the dedication of our staff who devote themselves, under difficult conditions, to the underserved populations we support. We are challenged by the ever-increasing need for our assistance and remain steadfast to our mission of “Helping People Help Themselves”. We thank you and ask again for your continued support.
With warm regards,
Bishop McKinley Young Robert Nicolas
Chairman of the Board of Directors Executive Director