We are a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the poorest region of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.
We are a volunteer organization housed at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tennessee. We partner with St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Tabb, Virginia, and St. Anselm parish in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. We receive financial support from dozens of individuals and businesses. With no administrative costs, all donations go to support our education, medical and spiritual missions in Haiti.
Since 1999, we have worked closely with the people of Boucan Carre, a rural community of 5,000 in Haiti's Central Plateau. Our efforts are based upon a close partnership with the Haitian parish of St. Michel. A portion of our funding goes to support the spiritual mission of St. Michel parish. We welcome the participation of any church or individual that would like to join our mission.
Our mission is guided by a focus on strengthening the spirit, mind and body of the Haitian people. Each year we send three to four teams to Haiti. Anyone in reasonable shape is welcome to join the groups that include medical and non-medical personnel as well as high school and college students. You can learn more about our mission via this interview.
Our donors sponsor approximately 900 children at Ecole St. Michel Primary School, 270 7th to 12th grade students at College de St. Michel High School, and about 11 young women at Boucan Carre Vocational School. Our funding pays the salaries of 26 full-time and 28 part-time teachers at the two schools.Read more...
Thousands of Haitians who live in the country's most remote regions have little or no access to medical care. One in every two children dies before the age of four from malaria, typhoid, cholera, and other tropical diseases. In 2016, we opened a medical mission in the remote village of Bouly, reachable only by a five-hour trek. The Bouly clinic provides primary care to 400 patients a month.Read more...
St. Michel parish in Boucan Carre 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. When in Haiti we stay at St. Michel's new rectory.Read more...
Sponsors may select students from photographs taken at our two schools in Boucan Carre. Sponsorships provide tuition, books and daily meals for the elementary students. Sponsorship donations are available online.
Proceeds from the annual fall banquet are a critical part of paying for our nurse, doctor, and medicines at our Bouly Clinic. Admission to the banquet is free. Medical donations also are available online.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish 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 the event page to become a runner or advertiser for their December 5K Run at www.stkaterirun.com.