FLM-Haiti’s annual fundraiser going virtual, Oct. 24

This year’s theme: ‘Excellence in the Grace of Giving’

Rev. Ronald E. Peters, Ed.D., the former president of Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, is the keynote speaker for the Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti’s annual fundraiser event, Oct. 24.

He’s very familiar to Pittsburgh, having served as a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.


He’s excited to keynote the fundraiser for FLM-Haiti, which has been serving the people of Haiti for 37 years through its House of David Medical Clinic, a school that teaches 600 students in elementary through high school, and more than 70 adult literacy centers. More than four years ago, the Excelsior Technical Institute was created to train Haitians with the plumbing, computer and construction engineering skills needed to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

On Oct. 24, FLM-Haiti’s annual fundraiser will be an online-only event, with the theme, “Excellence in the Grace of Giving.” Reverend Peters will reflect on his journeys to the mountainous rural communities and how faith and giving are manifest in the work FLM does in Haiti.


Bishop Leon D. Pamphile, founder and executive director of FLM-Haiti, will speak on the current state of Haiti amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will provide updates on the work being done in Haiti, and testimonies from some of the people being served in Haiti will be heard.

Musical selections will come from Haitian children, along with soloist Anita Krupa, a music educator and graduate of Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music.

The requested donation to virtually attend the fundraiser is $60. Tickets can be purchased at flmhaiti.org/newsevents or call 412-784-0342.

The virtual event will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will include an art sale/auction.

“The needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters continue to be a priority for FLM-Haiti, and with the onset of COVID-19, those needs are even greater,” Rev. Pamphile said in a statement provided to the New Pittsburgh Courier. “We are so grateful for the teachers, doctors and numerous volunteers who make these services to the Haitian people possible. This will be FLM’s first virtual celebration, and we are excited about this opportunity to celebrate the work that is being done.”


THE FUNCTIONAL LITERACY MINISTRY OF HAITI has been supporting the island nation for 37 years. The organization was founded by Bishop Leon D. Pamphile, here in Pittsburgh.


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