Liaison for Haitian Relations: Natalie Glen
Who is JAMES?
Other positions we hope to fill soon:
Haitian Logistics Coordinator,
Maintenance and Data Acquisition Technician
Strategist: Becky Kennedy
Energy Systems Engineer: Kayla Garrett
Justice and Mercy Energy Services (JAMES) is concerned with combating poverty and injustice by focusing on energy access. JAMES partners with other organizations that are already doing good in their communities such as children's homes, schools, and medical clinics - and helps them choose, design, and install energy systems that empower their work. JAMES is in the application process to become a 501(c)3 non-profit registered in the state of Texas.
The founders of JAMES met at Baylor University where they were supported by the BU Missions department and worked closely with student organization Engineers with a Mission for many years. In fact, many of the photographs used on our website were taken during trips with these groups. We are grateful for our experiences and are excited about expanding into the future.
Poverty and Energy Poverty:
Our understanding of poverty is that its source is from our broken world: broken relationships with the environment, with each other, with our creator, and even with ourselves. We hold the biblical perspective that people are made in the image of God and are therefore worthy of love, respect, and dignity. When the conditions of poverty violate that inherent dignity, that is, when the dignity due to any person is withheld, an injustice has occurred. Books such as Walking with the Poor, Principles and Practices of Transformational Developmentby Bryant Myers have been very influential in our understanding of poverty and ourselves.
Energy poverty is lack of access to modern energy services such as electricity. The hindrance to human flourishing this causes is significant in the lives of many. According to the Energy Poverty Action initiative of the World Economic Forum, "Access to energy is fundamental to improving quality of life and is a key imperative for economic development. In the developing world, energy poverty is still rife. Nearly 1.1 billion people still have no access to electricity..."
Our purpose is to support existing non-profit organizations and other groups seeking the public good by designing, installing, and maintaining their energy systems.
We envision dozens of medical clinics, orphanages, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations lit with renewable sources of electricity and empowered to better accomplish their missions. We also imagine an indigenous support staff that maintains and repairs these energy systems, receives a fair wage for their services, and flourishes as human beings.
Geographical Area of Focus:
We are limiting our focus at this time to northern Haiti.
Key Personnel & Board of Directors:
Microgrid Engineer: Aimie Chase
Executive Director: Brian Thomas