We are a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the poorest region of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation. Our program is affiliated with Sacred Heart parish, but we welcome participation from all faiths. Please sign up for our newsletter if you would like to receive updates on our work.
Since 1999, we have worked closely with the people of Boucan Carre, Haiti, a rural community of 5,000 located two hours north of Port-Au- Prince. Our efforts are based upon a close partnership with St. Michel's parish in Boucan Carre. We have developed this partnership through frequent visits that help us understand firsthand the needs and hopes of the Haitian people.
We focus on specific projects by providing construction and operating funds for schools, healthcare clinics, and community needs such as clean water. Over the years we have taken dozens of adults and high school students into one of the world's most challenging environments to experience God at work.
We consist solely of volunteers and supporters from Sacred Heart Cathedral parish in Knoxville, Tennessee, St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Tabb, Virginia, and St. Anselm parish in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as other church communities and businesses. One hundred percent of donations are transferred to Haiti in support of ongoing education, health care and spiritual projects coordinated by our volunteers.
We sponsor more than 1,000 students, including a meal each day, at Ecole St. Michel Primary School, the 3rd largest in Haiti. We also sponsor 250 students at College de St. Michel High School and approximately 45 students at Boucan Carre's Vocational School. Our program pays the salaries of 26 full-time and 28 part-time teachers.Read more...
Since 1999 we have enjoyed a close partnership with St. Michel's Parish in Boucan Carre. Though small by American standards, the Boucan Carre parish is the largest in the region, and serves as the "hub" for several remote chapels located in the surrounding mountains. Much like American preachers in the 19th Century, the priest at St. Michel's, Father Michenet Duportal, travels among the mountain chapels to service his parishioners. The parish's nuns operate the local primary school funded by our donations.Read more...
The thousands of people who live in Haiti's most remote regions have little or no access to medical care. About one of every two children dies before the age of four from malaria, typhoid, cholera, and other tropical diseases. Since 2008, we have sponsored medical missions to the village of Bouly, reachable only by a five-hour trek with no road over the river and mountains. A new clinic in Bouly provides primary care to 400 patients a month.Read more...
Proceeds from the banquet pay for all medical mission activity, including salaries and medicines for the Bouly Clinic. (Travel to Haiti is self-funded.) The event is free, with donations encouraged. Please send us a message with your full name and mailing address to receive a written invitation.
The sponsorship of a student seeks to fund the 1,300 students we support in Boucan Carre's three schools. Sponsored students are provided tuition, books, and uniforms. Funds also help provide daily meals for elementary school students. Annual sponsorship of elementary school students is $200. Sponsorship of high school and vocational students is $300.
The annual sale of once-used prom dresses is a popular fundraising event. Modeled by high school students, the sale of low cost dresses raises money for our Haiti outreach efforts.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Tabb, Virginia, is a wonderful education partner that provides support for teacher salaries and food at St. Michel's schools in Boucan Carre. Please visit their event page to become a runner or sponsor: www.stkaterirun.com