We are a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the poorest region of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.
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 the Haitian parish St. Michel. We have developed this partnership through frequent visits that help us understand firsthand the needs and hopes of the Haitians.
We focus on specific projects by providing construction and operating funds for schools and healthcare clinics and for the Boucan Carre parish. Over the years we have taken dozens of volunteers from the Knoxville area into one of the world's most challenging environments to experience God at work. Knoxville Catholic High School and University of Tennessee Knoxville students regularly participate in these mission trips, as well as Knoxville area medical professionals.
We are a volunteer organization in partnership with Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville Tennessee, St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Tabb Virginia, and St. Anselm in St. Louis Missouri. We receive financial support from dozens of individuals and businesses. With no administrative costs, all funding goes to support our education and medical missions.
Our donors are sponsoring approximately 1,000 children at Ecole St. Michel Primary School, 250 children at College de St. Michel High School, and approximately 45 young women at Boucan-Carre's Vocational School. Donations pay the salaries of 26 full-time and 28 part-time teachers at the two schools.Read more...
Since 1999 we have enjoyed a close partnership with St. Michel's Parish in Boucan-Carre. Though small by Knoxville 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.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. 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 fall banquet pay for our medical mission, including medicines and salaries for the nurse and doctor at our Bouly Clinic. Admission is free.
The student sponsoring program enables sponsors to select students from photographs at our two schools in Boucan Carre. Sponsoring provides tuition, books, and uniforms. Funds also help provide daily meals for elementary school children.
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 advertiser for their 5K run in December. www.stkaterirun.com