Red Cross Dysfunction, While Haiti Suffers

This article was updated June 30 2016 on the funds that never went to Haiti.  The Red Cross will pull out of Haiti in 2017...a failure to execute.


A Gift from the Heart


Kay Gruntz, 12, came to the Night in Haiti event early to donate $110.81 that she collected for Haiti by making and selling tea towels and candles.
Kay is home schooled and came with her dad. She asked that the money she raised go to benefit education for the children of St. Benoit.


Water Projects in Haiti

The water well is now 100% complete.  Thank you for your generosity.  The people of St. Benoit, Dessource Haiti are very excited about the well and the good health that it will provide.  They now have two more hours in the day to attend to their other daily tasks!





The water is flowing at St. Benoit and we need to pay the bill.

The last pump has been installed on the property of St. Benoit Church and the water is flowing.  The distribution pipe will run outside to the end of the property so the community will have access to the water source.  They are all very excited and thank the parishioners of Mary, Queen of Peace for their commitment and generosity.  The well was much deeper than anticipated and we still owe Food For The Poor $5,417.00 to pay for the well.  It is now complete and you can donate directly for this project on line at:



Water Projects in Haiti presented on October 3, 2013

By Nick Lonergan

Kim Lamberty of Catholic Relief Services US Operations, along with Vanessa Tobin Senior Technical Advisor for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Water Resources at CRS and Gerry Keenan, President of Zanmi Sasye and Deacon at Sacred Heart parish in Winnetka, IL, twinned with Sassier, near Jeremie gave the presentation on Water Projects and Sanitation issues in Haiti.


Vanessa spoke on the Sanitation issues. The need is to teach the people of proper hygiene to stop the spread of diseases. The Rational is to WASH for Health and well being. Women and children are most venerable to sicknesses.  The need for clean water is of importance. The under five mortality as a result of waterborne illness is 16 percent. The percentage of the population with access to improved drinking water is just over 50%. The percentage of the population with access to improved sanitation is 42% for urban, and 25% for rural. The effect of diarrhea on child mortality is exacerbated by limited access to improved drinking water sources, hygiene, and sanitation facilities. Besides obtaining clean treated water it is important to teach the proper use of latrines, keeping them a safe distance from  the water source and making sure they are properly sealed after closure. One method to ensure the sited is not disturbed after closure is to plant a tree over the site of a sealed latrine.


Gerry Kennan, presented his project of obtaining clean drinking water of St. Jean Baptiste Parish which is approximately 35 sq miles and has 10,000 residents.  No electricity, no transportation, and mostly subsistence agriculture.  He worked with CRS and DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l'Eau et de l'Assinissement). DINEPA executes the Haitian government guidelines in water and sanitation. Gerry's project was coordinating the building a pipeline from a water source up to a reservoir, chlorination of the water, and dispersing the water via pipe lines to homes and sectors in the community.  Gerry worked with the entire community, not just the Catholics, to get their involvement and buy-in to the project.  They had meetings and the people decided what their needs were and what they wanted. To get piped to homes, the residents have to absorb the cost of those pipelines.  Not all homes will get piped water, but they will have a closer water supply.  The project is ongoing and an RFP is expected in December 2013.


The presenters stressed the importance of getting the parish, community, and government involved in the planning and execution of any waterworks projects.

Click here to offer a donation for the water well for St. Benoit.  The project was completed by Water for Life, a Mennonite group contracting to Food For The Poor.

For further information go to Haiti Resources Webpage: http:/



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US Partners Communication

October 1, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to send you the latest edition of Together in Mission, the newsletter of the CRS Haiti Partnership Unit. In this edition, you will see examples of volunteer opportunities in Haiti and an update on the Haiti migration issue. We are also asking that you participate in an important national research study on parish twinning relationships.

As always, please email me with questions and comments, and I welcome article submissions for future newsletters.

Peace and Blessings,

Kim Lamberty
Director, University and Mission Engagement

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


August 10, 2015

From the Economist on line:

Haitians voted on Sunday in a much-delayed parliamentary election. Turnout was low and violence marred the campaign, forcing the closure of dozens of voting stations across the country. Officials said nearly 300,000 voters were unable to cast ballots. Results are expected in a week and run-offs will be in October, coinciding with the first round of the presidential contest.



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Helping facilitate 3,100 projects in 180 countries, the Clinton Foundation is the most powerful reimagining ever of what post-presidency can be. But can the fixer-in-chief work his magic on Haiti?



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I am standing under the scorching late February sun in an open field in Haiti's Central Plateau, waiting for the helicopter bearing former president Bill Clinton to arrive and getting a lesson in limes. More precisely, in what The Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic organization of global ambition founded by Clinton in 2001, is doing about limes. It's complicated.

Introduced in the 15th century to Hispaniola (the name Columbus gave the island that now comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic when he shipwrecked here in December 1492), limes were successfully cultivated in Haiti until the 1990s. "Their oil, used in cosmetics and the beverage industry, was, like Haitian vetiver, considered the best in the world," says Hugh Locke, a blan from Westchester (one is acutely aware of skin color in Haiti). Locke heads the Haitian nonprofit Smallholder Farmers Alliance(SFA) and is scanning the sky, as am I, for Clinton's craft.

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During the 1991–'94 embargo of Haiti, organized in response to the military coup that ousted the popularly elected but controversial president Jean-Bertrand Aristide (ironically, Clinton was president then), "farmers couldn't export to the U.S., and lime oil lost its value, so they cut down all their lime trees" to make sellable charcoal. "That is why the Haiti Lime Project," Locke continues, "which is intended to reintroduce several million lime trees to Haiti, is so important."

Individual farmers—SFA is helping them organize into for-profit cooperatives—stand to increase their revenues by $750 annually (a princely sum in profoundly impoverished Haiti, where the minimum daily wage is between 150 and 300 gourdes, or $4 to $8). Furthermore, the presence of the lime trees will counteract deforestation and soil erosion, the country's huge environmental problem; you can see denuded, eroded slopes throughout its gorgeous mountain ranges, the long-term consequences of a soaring population forced, through decades of governmental neglect and corruption, to eke out a living in ecologically disastrous ways.

All around us are neat rows of black plastic pots, thousands of them, with tiny lime tree seedlings poking out of the dark soil. The calm focus of the Haitian farm workers carefully watering them makes me think of nurses in a hospital intensive care unit (or a preemie ward). Which is what the Haiti Lime Project in effect is: one of a multitude of lifelines the Clinton Foundation is financing and/or securing financing and partners for in a multiprong effort to help this country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, stand on its own feet. The partners in this particular endeavor are: Firmenich the Swiss oils and essences company, which will buy the limes the farmers grow at market rates; Acceso which works with Haitian lime producers as well as peanut growers (peanut plants will be "intercropped" with lime trees as another source of revenue and to aid in the renourishing of the soil); and SFA, which will distribute the seedlings and offer technical support to farmers as needed.

"Clinton was the broker," Locke says. "He brought us together." It is the Clinton Foundation way: to build and fast-track creative collaborations between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals to address urgent needs in communities at risk. The foundation, the most powerful imagining ever of what a post-presidency can be, currently employs 2,200 people across its various initiatives (including the Clinton Global Initiative), and according to its statistics, CGI members have made 3,100 Commitments to Action in 180 countries, affecting the lives of 430 million people. (In Haiti alone there are currently 30 foundation-supported investments, and 208 Clinton Global Initiative commitments.) And Clinton, now 68 years old and 14 years into his next act, is as fired up about his work as any man could be. "It has been my whole life for longer than I was president," he tells me later. "And we have a huge plate of business to do this year."

As Clinton's chopper touches down, his shock of white hair is immediately recognizable, like a beacon, amid his entourage. (The group includes Sean Penn, who has his own Clinton Foundation supported project in Port-au-Prince's Delmas 32 neighborhood: the J/P HRO's Community Center and Urban Garden, which we'll visit tomorrow. "Thank you for our very existence in Haiti," Penn will say with emotion to Clinton.) A slow, ritualistic procession ensues, up and down the rows of seedlings. The point seems to be equal parts inspection and conversation, with farmers, community organizers—anyone who is affiliated with the enterprise, who was allowed onto the site, and who has succeeded in getting Clinton's attention. He is generous with it, engaged and in the moment despite the midday sun, which is turning his pale skin pink. He asks questions, listens, nods, touches arms and shoulders—bonding gestures that quickly put his interlocutors at ease in the charmed circle of his celebrity. He is exemplary in his attention to detail, respectful in his curiosity.



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For all its intimate down-homeness, the visit is carefully orchestrated to project Clinton's message onto a larger stage—in this case the importance to Haiti of small-scale farming and reforestation. The Haitian media have been invited, and they follow Clinton's progress, recording his words and gestures. This flat bit of farmland two hours along bad roads from Port-au-Prince is his pulpit to the Haitian people and to their government and, by extension, its controversial president, former pop star Michel Martelly. His perambulation communicates that this is how it can be done, this works, this will help. A little Haitian girl, hair braided, dressed in what is surely her Sunday best, walks solemnly beside him, too young to understand or care who this big blan is but happily holding his hand. That visual too is a message—we must do this for your children—and a reminder that nothing of lasting value can be achieved without a robust and universal system of education and the empowerment of girls, two other pillars of the Clinton Foundation's work. As Denis O'Brien, the billionaire chairman of Digicel (a telecommunications giant with an extensive footprint in Central America, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean), tells me without a trace of irony, "The president is the chief development officer in Haiti."

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It has been almost an hour since touchdown, and a little throng has encircled Clinton and is not letting him go.His advance team is starting to sweat, and not just from the heat. There goes the schedule. We have one more site visit today, a foundation-supported agricultural production facility that supplies castor oil for the Kreyòl Essence line of Haitian-produced "eco-luxury" beauty products. (I will witness Bill Clinton, reading glasses on, approvingly scrutinizing the fine print on a jar of made-in-Haiti hair pomade.) And then more events the next day in Port-au-Prince, including the brand new Cholera Treatment Center, a revelatory, architecturally striking model for what a health clinic in the developing world should be, and—the pièce de résistance—the official opening of the gleaming new eight-story, $48 million Marriott, the first internationally branded and managed hotel in Haiti, financed and owned by Digicel, a deal brokered by Clinton and the reason we are all in Haiti at this particular moment.

"Town & Country!" a Clinton aid shouts in my direction after his boss stops for a brief photo op. "Run! We're going to try and beat the president's helicopter!"

There are countries in the world with crystal clear stories that elevate the spirit and make the heart beat faster: ancient Egypt, with its miraculous monuments and first deeply articulated concept of eternity; classical Greece, the first democracy and creator of humanistic philosophy; America, the still unrivaled land of individual opportunity. And Haiti.

In 1791, in the French Caribbean colony then called Saint-Domingue, black slaves rose up in rebellion, led by four outstanding military leaders, three of whom were former slaves themselves: Toussaint Louverture, Henri Christophe, and Jean-Jacques Dessa-lines (Alexandre Pétion, a free mulatto, was the fourth). After 13 years of brutal fighting they defeated France, Britain, and Spain at the peak of their powers; the last expeditionary force of 22,000 French troops was commanded by none other than Napoleon's brother-in-law, General Charles Leclerc. The rebels' victory abolished within Saint-Domingue's borders—and for the first time anywhere—one of the world's great outrages: the murderous exploitation of African slaves. (The French plantation system in Saint-Domingue was especially lucrative and gruesome.) In 1804 the world's first independent black republic was established. As national creation narratives go, it's pretty unbeatable.

But then things largely fell apart. The revolutionary leaders were either killed or died early. (Louverture, the father of the rebellion, perished in a French prison in the Jura Mountains.) The leadership vacuum was exacerbated by a 57-year embargo of the new nation by the colonial powers, including the United States (which did not recognize Haiti until 1862, under Lincoln). Thomas Jefferson had called Louverture's troops "cannibals." The British were likewise not amused; they worried the revolution might spread to Jamaica and its plantation economy, just 119 miles away. Haiti was an inconvenient country.

"The embargo lasted longer than the Cuban embargo, a very long time for a people just out of slavery," said Max Beauvoir, a former chemical engineer educated in New York and Paris, and a Vodou priest (now the religion's "pope," as he is known), whom I met at his home and temple. "But they survived. It is what is called the resilience of the Haitian people."

Many of Haiti's subsequent problems, to be sure, were not foreign-caused. There were dictatorships and disasters and demented policies, like the late-19th-century governmental get-rich scheme that imposed a heavy export tax on coffee and succeeded in limiting the profits of one of the world's largest coffee industries. (Many of the lovely but decrepit mansions you can see today in Cap-Haïtien, on the north coast—once one of the richest and most important French cities in the Americas—were built by 19th-century coffee exporters.) Bringing back soil-nourishing Haitian coffee production is another Clinton Foundation project (through the La Colombe Coffee Roasters brand).

Tourism, the economic lifeblood of many a Caribbean nation, became in Haiti, for most of the last century, an elite thing, and therefore not particularly revenue-generating. "We were for so long, and still are, in a bubble of negativity," says Jean-Cyril Pressoir, who optimistically founded Tour Haiti in 2005 and who organized my trip. Foreigners who did come were those interested in seeing past the surface shabbiness to the cultural sophistication beneath—artistic, musical, and spiritual—what Maryse Pénette-Kedar, co-founder of Prodev, one of Haiti's largest and most respected NGOs, matter-of-factly calls "a national noblesse, the finesse of people who have no access to anything."

The visitors—writers and artists and musicians, anthropologists and journalists, development workers and diplomats—generally converged at the bar and on the porch of Port-au-Prince's Oloffson Hotel. Immortalized in Graham Greene's The Comedians as the Trianon, it still stands amid dense tropical vegetation in all its run-down splendor, Vodou-inspired objets scattered about the grounds. "We have a lot of repeats," says its Princeton-educated owner, Richard Morse. "People either want this a lot, or not." Sort of like Haiti.



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The hope is that the new Marriott will help counteract some of the reticence. "I want visitors to see Haiti through you, through this hotel," Clinton told the staff during the opening ceremony on the Marriott's vast terrace cum lounge cum palm tree–studded pool area. "If everyone could see this country the way Denis [O'Brien] and I do, you would have many times more visitors flooding in and your incomes would be three times what they are, and we wouldn't have the troubles that we do."

As with any other Clinton Foundation–supported project, the Marriott is not just a hotel but an economic engine meant to move Haiti toward a brighter future. As part of its commitment to the foundation, it procures products locally and employs some 200 Haitians, many of them purposefully culled from Port-au-Prince's marginalized and thought to be unemployable, according to general manager Peter Antinoph. (The staff members are lovely and eager, some still charmingly in training, and they have clearly won the lottery.) The hope, O'Brien tells me in summary, is that the hotel will not just attract tourism but make other foreign investors comfortable and also create a pipeline of Haitian managers who "15 or 20 years from now will open their own places. It's about exposing the talent here." O'Brien pauses. "If you make money in the developing world, you can sleep at night only if you also make a social impact. We do not want to be seen as modern-day conquistadors."

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"I was always interested in Haiti," Clinton tells me during a long and wide-ranging interview in his Harlem office after our return. It was the creation story, "but what really got me fired up was a trip we took in December 1975, after Hillary and I got married. We stayed in Port-au-Prince, in one of those wonderful gingerbread houses, a hotel run by a Viennese couple. Those old houses should be restored! It was near the Oloffson, but we didn't have money for that.

"Clinton bought his first piece of Haitian art then. "Haitians are unusually gifted," he says. "My home today is full of Haitian paintings and metalwork." The Clintons toured the cathedral on that first trip. They watched on Independence Day as the infamous president Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier laid a wreath on the central Champs de Mars at the statue of the Unknown Slave, who is shown blowing a conch shell to summon his brethren to revolution. "I noted the incongruity of that," Clinton says, shaking his head, "because I was standing next to one of the dreaded Tontons Macoutes wearing those dark glasses."

And he learned about Vodou. "I didn't buy all those American zombie movies," he says, clearly fascinated by the topic and by the different expressions the near-universal human belief in a nonphysical spirit force can take. "Hillary and I wanted to understand." That's when the Clintons met Max Beauvoir ("God, he was handsome!" Clinton exclaims), who spent all day explaining Vodou theology to the Clintons and its distant roots in the religion of the Fon people of what is now Benin. The young couple attended a nighttime ceremony. Vodou's central ritual is a dance during which spirits possess believers."I saw some unbelievable things that night. I'll never forget it. And I'm very grateful for that," Clinton says. (So much so that the Beauvoir meeting gets a section in Clinton's 2004 autobiography, My Life.)

Beauvoir explained something else to Clinton: the social role of the Vodou priest in this culture. "And I'll never forget this, either," Clinton tells me. Beauvoir said to him, "We practice this because it is our faith. But also because there is no government outside of Port-au-Prince; there is no social structure. There is nothing. We have to feed them, we have to give them medicine. We have to take care of the people here."

Since then Clinton has traveled to Haiti 38 times; he was only the second sitting American president to go there (in 1995). In 2009 he was appointed by Ban Ki-moon UN Special Envoy to Haiti after a series of hurricanes had decimated the country's GDP by 15 or 20 percent. A year later, after the earthquake knocked the economy down by two-thirds, he became co-chair, with Haitian prime ministers Jean-Max Bellerive and Garry Conille, of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission. "President [George W.] Bush and I raised about $50 million to promote business development in Haiti. Then I raised another $30 million to promote smaller enterprises that help people at the bottom of the pyramid, educational and healthcare projects. And then there are the commitments made to the Clinton Global Initiative, which within four years will have gotten around $500 million of investment through."

Clinton is proud of that yet unhappy about the country's continuing lack of a national plan. Although it now has one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean, Haiti, he says, "never had a strategy—for social, economic, and educational development, including healthcare. What happens if you don't have systems, predictable rewards for responsible behavior, is that everything becomes a one-off." The Interim Reconstruction Commission was the attempt to create priorities and accountability. Acknowledging that the commission was "incredibly cumbersome," Clinton is nonetheless clearly frustrated that in 2011 it was dismantled by President Martelly. Some of the reasons, Clinton says, "were good, and some probably not so good." Indeed. Martelly, who is four years into a five-year term, is being widely criticized for weakening state institutions, for consolidating power by failing to hold scheduled elections, for corruption, and for being out of touch with Haiti's poor—perhaps another Haitian strongman in the making.

"But let me tell you a story," Clinton says. I settle in. His stories are long. "Along the road from the Port-au-Prince airport to downtown, there used to be a long metal fence where Haitian street artists hung their paintings for sale. The second time I went back to Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, just a couple of weeks after, eight of them—eight hardy souls—were back. I was with the UN then, so I had a big old crowd with me, and I said, 'Stop! Everybody get out and everybody buy something. And no bargaining this time. Whatever they ask for, we'll pay. If you don't have any money, I'll pay for it.' I got out and bought a couple of little paintings, and then saw a guy around the corner. 'President Clinton,' he said, 'You bought a painting from me several years ago. I have another.' So I went over, bought the painting, and started talking to the guy. I said, 'I really respect you guys for coming out here so soon.' He said, 'You shouldn't. I have nothing else to do. My wife and children were all killed.' And I said, 'Why are you here?' And he said, 'Because I loved them very much, and this is my way of honoring them. Because we artists, we're family, and they know that if I can be here, they have no excuse not to be. We have to begin again.'



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"It's very important to understand that that is Haiti too," Clinton continues, clearly moved. "You see all the messed-up politics, and all the lack of capacity. And then something like that. That is why you have all these people who fall hopelessly in love with the place and never want to give up on it and are prepared to live with the frustrations. And also to be criticized because we can't work miracles." (Note the "we.") "Because there's no place quite like it on planet Earth."

Clinton is aware that the world at this very moment may be slightly more interested in the political plans of his wife than in his foundation, and he is willing to play a game of If She Does Run. (At press time Hillary Clinton had not announced her decision.) "I think it's important, and Hillary does too, that she go out there as if she's never run for anything before and establish her connection with the voters," he says. "And that my role should primarily be as a backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the election. So our plan is to spend this whole year working on the foundation, which is, by a good long stretch, the most transparent of all the presidential foundations and more transparent than a lot of other major foundations in the country. It should be, both because I believe in it and because Hillary is in public life, and we'll get criticized, as some people are criticizing me, for taking money from a foreign government. We did a review of the whole foundation last year." Clinton is emphatic about this and intent on my noting it. "We got suggestions from a great law firm that also does pro bono counsel for Doctors Without Borders, and we implemented every single one of them."

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And if Hillary does become president? "First, I would have to assess what she wants me to do," he says. "And second, we might have to change the [foundation] rules again. But we haven't talked about that yet, and I don't think we should. You can't. It's hard for any party to hang on to the White House for 12 years, and it's a long road. A thousand things could happen."

Whatever occurs, Clinton's priority is to keep the foundation alive, "whether I'm running it or not. I've told Hillary that I don't think I'm good [at campaigning] anymore because I'm not mad at anybody. I'm a grandfather, and I got to see my grand daughter last night, and I can't be mad."

Perhaps not mad, but still passionate about the problems that concern him. Like Haiti's. "They have to keep welcoming investors. We have to improve the road network. Reforestation has to succeed!" As I'm leaving his office—or, at least, trying to leave—the president doesn't want to let it go. "Did you see the Citadelle, near Cap- Haïtien?" He is referring to the largest and best preserved of a network of some 25 mountaintop fortresses conceived by Henri Christophe in the event of a French return to Haiti. It is shaped like the prow of a giant ship. I had. "It's the most impressive architectural achievement in the Caribbean," he enthuses. "It is breathtaking! And the idea that it was built in the early 1800s, designed by someone who not only did not have a degree in architecture but had no university degree—they imaginedit and they built it!" A Clintonian accolade if ever there was one. And not unlike a foundation built by a former president.

The keys to visiting Haiti are a well- organized itinerary, a car and driver, and a guide. Jean-Cyril Pressoir of Tour Haiti will set you up brilliantly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 509-3711-1650).



7 January 2015

HAITI-FIVEYEARS (UPDATED) Dec-16-2014 (1,060 words) Backgrounder. With photos and video. xxxi

Five years after quake, Haiti makes slow but noticeable progress

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nearly five years after one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to rock the Western Hemisphere, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti's expansive earthquake zone.

While significant, the number is small compared with the original 1.5 million people who were left homeless and dependent on international agencies for food and shelter in the weeks after the magnitude 7 temblor leveled much of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.

The number of people who remain homeless years after the disaster points to the continuing challenges facing the hemisphere's poorest nation.

A woman prays inside the rebuilt cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in late November during its inaugural Mass. (CNSReuters)

The Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, which the Haitian government maintains claimed 316,000 lives, served to raise the profile of Haiti around the world and prompted governments and aid agencies to work with Haitians in slowly building a nation from the rubble of destruction.

Even the Vatican is paying attention. The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and the Haitian bishops scheduled a Jan. 10 conference to revive interest and commitment to reconstruction. Participants will include Catholic and international agencies, as well as representatives from embassies to the Holy See.

"Is Haiti getting better?" asked Darren Hercyk, country director for Catholic Relief Services. "I can say yes, but it really depends on how people measure that."

Hercyk, who has been in Haiti for two-and-a-half years, cites new housing, an enhanced police presence, improved roads and better access to health care as signs that Haiti is overcoming the challenges that have plagued its 210-year history. For that, he credits the Haitians working through numerous international partnerships.

"Haitians are not just at the center of these projects, but they are leading these projects," he said.

The rebuilding of St. Francis de Sales Hospital is one of the most visible projects in the capital. During the weeks after the quake, physicians, nurses and volunteers treated hundreds of injured people in field tents set up in the hospital courtyard because much of the facility had been destroyed. Planning began in 2011 and has involved CRS, Catholic Health Association of the United States and the Port-au-Prince Archdiocese. The new hospital was to be dedicated Jan. 15.

A delegation of American church leaders planned to travel to Haiti Jan. 13-19 to attend the dedication and visit several projects: Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity and CHA's president and CEO; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, CRS chairman; and Carolyn Woo, CRS president.

"In the end it's the archdiocese's hospital. The archdiocese really sees this as a hospital that continues the tradition of a hospital for the people of Haiti," Bruce Compton, senior director international outreach at CHA, said of the $22.7 million project.

The process of rebuilding the hospital, first opened in 1881, was long, but allowed for closer relationships to develop between U.S. and Haitian leaders, Compton said.

Beyond the hospital, there has been the tedious task of rebuilding Catholic churches, schools and convents under the Partnership for Church Reconstruction in Haiti, or PROCHE. Trinitarian Father Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' office on Latin America, said PROCHE has distributed nearly $20 million for reconstruction projects through October.

Again, Father Molina explained, the emphasis has been on sharing responsibility between Haitian church leaders and U.S., German, Canadian and French church partners for the dozens of projects completed or underway.

"We're walking together," he said. "We need their prayers. They need ours. We need their witness. They need ours. So whichever way we express that, we are people of the same faith. We are children of the same father in that sense."

Haiti's Catholic school network also has received much-needed attention since the earthquake. The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, supported by CRS, developed a plan to address the needs of students, teachers and local communities.

The Haitian Catholic Education Initiative has evolved in the dioceses of Fort-Liberte, Hinche and Les Cayes and has led to opportunities for teacher training, improved school governance and greater involvement of parents, said T.J. D'Agostino, alliance associate director.

Although the alliance was working in Haiti prior to the earthquake, the disaster exposed the difficulties facing Catholic schools, D'Agostino explained. With the encouragement of Haiti's bishops, the alliance and CRS surveyed schools across the country starting in November 2011 to identify their greatest needs, he said.

D'Agostino said the effort's initial success allowed expansion into the dioceses of Jacmel, Jeremie and Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane.

Despite progress on multiple fronts, more than 85,000 earthquake-displaced people remained in 123 camps around Port-au-Prince as of Oct. 7, according to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee emergency shelter cluster.

Ted and Katharine Oswald, a husband-wife team who share the position of policy analyst and policy coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti, told CNS that safe, affordable housing is one of Haiti's greatest needs. They expressed concern about the ongoing forced evictions from tent camps as property owners seek to reclaim vacant land.

"Saying 90 percent of people have vacated the camps is not a great representation of the true picture," Ted Oswald said.

The couple pointed to Canaan, a community of an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, where there are no roads, sanitary services or dependable water supply. Thousands of people have relocated to Canaan after leaving some of the tent camps and are no longer counted among those displaced by the earthquake, Ted Oswald said.

Meanwhile, Haiti's still-young democracy is fragile. Protests in late 2014 resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and President Michel Martelly was addressing recommendations from a special commission he appointed to an end an impasse over elections. Clashes have erupted in Port-au-Prince between pro-government and anti-government demonstrators; the national police have responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Martelly was supposed to schedule municipal elections for 2011, but they were delayed as Haiti struggled to recover from the earthquake. Elections for a third of the Senate's seats and the Chamber of Deputies were to have been set in 2012.

Under Haiti's constitution, if elections are not held by Jan. 12, parliament will be dissolved, allowing Martelly to rule by decree.

The protests have gotten the attention of aid agencies, including CRS. Hercyk said the protests are "something we're watching."

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10 January 2015

Five Years After Quake, Progress; But Serious Problems Persist

RECONSTRUCTION ERA. More than 85,000 people still live in tent camps across Haiti’s earthquake zone.

Nearly five years after one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to rock the Western Hemisphere, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti’s expansive earthquake zone.

While significant, the number is small compared with the original 1.5 million people who were left homeless and dependent on international agencies for food and shelter in the weeks after the magnitude 7 temblor leveled much of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. The earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, claimed 316,000 lives, according to the Haitian government. The number of people who remain homeless years after the disaster points to the continuing challenges facing the hemisphere’s poorest nation.

“Is Haiti getting better?” asked Darren Hercyk, country representative for Catholic Relief Services. “I can say yes, but it really depends on how people measure that.”

Hercyk, who has been in Haiti for two and a half years, cites new housing, an enhanced police presence, improved roads and better access to health care as signs that Haiti is overcoming the challenges that have plagued its 210-year history. For that he credits the Haitians working through numerous international partnerships.

“Haitians are not just at the center of these projects, but they are leading these projects,” he said.

The rebuilding of St. Francis de Sales Hospital is one of the most visible projects in the capital. During the weeks after the quake, physicians, nurses and volunteers treated hundreds of injured people in field tents set up in the hospital courtyard because much of the facility had been destroyed. Planning began in 2011 and has involved C.R.S., Catholic Health Association of the United States and the Port-au-Prince Archdiocese. The new hospital is scheduled to be dedicated on Jan. 15.

Beyond the hospital, there has been the task of rebuilding Catholic churches, schools and convents under the Partnership for Church Reconstruction in Haiti, or PROCHE. Juan Molina, a Trinitarian priest who is the director of the U.S. bishops’ office on Latin America, said PROCHE has distributed nearly $20 million for reconstruction projects through October.

Again, Father Molina explained, the emphasis has been on sharing responsibility between Haitian church leaders and U.S., German, Canadian and French church partners for the dozens of projects completed or underway.

Ted and Katharine Oswald, a husband-wife team who share the position of policy analyst and policy coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti, said that safe, affordable housing remains one of Haiti’s greatest needs. They expressed concern about the ongoing forced evictions from tent camps as property owners seek to reclaim vacant land.

“Saying 90 percent of people have vacated the camps is not a great representation of the true picture,” Ted Oswald said. The couple pointed to Canaan, a community of approximately 50,000 to 200,000 people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, where there are no roads, sanitary services or dependable water supply. Thousands of people have relocated to Canaan after leaving some of the tent camps and are no longer counted among those displaced by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Haiti’s still-young democracy is fragile. Protests in late 2014 resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and President Michel Martelly was addressing recommendations from a special commission he appointed to end an impasse over elections. Clashes have erupted in Port-au-Prince between pro-government and anti-government demonstrators. The national police have responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowds.


15 July 2014

Thank you for all of your support Mary, Queen of Peace.  We are most grateful for the funds sent to continue the construction of the school and will send pictures of our parish feast.  Monsignor Wildor.

12 April 2014

An Easter message from Monsignor Wildor:

He is not here; He has risen just as He said. happy Easter to you all: Fr Ronnie, Sister Marina, Muguet and to all Partnership solidarity committee members. Msgr Wildor

17 March 2014

Impoverished Haiti manufacturing its own Android tablet
Reuters - BY AMELIE BARON - March 16, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 16 Sun Mar 16, 2014(Reuters) - Better known for
producing third-world poverty and political mayhem - as well as a
world-class rum - the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made
a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet.

Sandwiched between textile factories in a Port-au-Prince industrial park
next to a slum, a Haitian-founded company has begun manufacturing the
low-cost tablet called Sûrtab, a name closely resembling the Haitian Creole
for "on the table."

Unlike the factories next door where low-paid textile workers churn out
cheap undergarments for the U.S. market, Sûrtab workers are equipped with
soldering irons, not sewing machines.

Dressed in sterile white work clothes, and a hair net, Sergine Brice is
proud of her job. "I never imagined I could, one day, make a tablet by
myself," she said.

Unemployed for a year after losing her position in a phone company, Brice,
22, was not sure she had the skills when she took the job after Sûrtab
opened last year.

"When I arrived and realized the job deals with electronic components, I
was wondering if I would be able to do it. But when I finished my first
tablet ... I felt an immense pleasure," she said.

Her family and friends were skeptical. "None of them believed me," she
said. "Tablets made in Haiti? What are you talking about?" they told her.

"Haitians have in our minds the idea that nothing can be done in this
country. I proved that yes, we Haitians have the capacity to do many
things," she said. "It's not just Americans or Chinese. We've got what
they've got, so we can do it too."

With $200,000 in start-up funds from the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), and using imported Asian components, the factory
produces three models all with 7-inch (18-cm) screens that run on Google
Inc's Android operation system. They range from a simple wifi tablet with
512 megabytes of RAM for about $100, to a 3G model with 2-gigabytes of
memory for $285.

The small factory with 40 employees is a throwback to the 1970s and 1980s
when Haiti had a thriving assembly industry, including computer boards, as
well as baseballs for U.S. professional teams.

Political turmoil, and a U.S. economic embargo in the 1990s following a
military coup, put them out of business.

"A product such as Sûrtab shows that Haitians are not just destined for
low-wage, low-skilled jobs," said John Groarke, country director for USAID.
"It's the sort of high-skilled job that the country needs to work its way
out of poverty."

Brice, who works an eight-hour shift, would not disclose her salary. Sûrtab
employees receive a bonus for each tablet that successfully passes the
quality control and the company says it pays two to three times the Haitian
minimum wage of $5 a day.


With only a limited selection of expensive imported tablets available in
Haiti, Sûrtab is the cheapest device on the market.

"It's easy to use and it takes really good quality photos, like any other
tablet," said one happy customer, Lisbeth Plantin. "And it's great to see
'Made in Haiti' on the back," she added.

At the factory there is no production line, instead workers assemble each
device from start to finish.

"We could have done like in Asia, one task per employee, which is faster,
but we wanted to have a better quality product," said Diderot Musset,
Sûrtab's production manager.

Depending on the model, it takes an employee between 35 minutes and an hour
to make a tablet. The company produces between 4,000 to 5,000 tablets a
month, but plans to double that in April.

"We want the parts of the market which are not taken by the big players,
especially in developing countries. These people would like to have a
tablet but cannot afford an iPad," he said, referring to the Apple Inc
device that costs at least $300 in U.S. stores and is barely available in

All the factory floor employees are women.

"It was not a choice we made but it happens that women have better results.
I think women may be more open to learn something completely different from
what they were doing before," Musset said with a smile.

The company is running into inevitable skepticism about the quality of a
Haitian-made tablet. "Some people only believe in it when they come here
and see the girls working," he said.

The company has a retail distribution deal in Haiti with Digicel, a global
telecom company that dominates the local cellphone market, as well as sales
to Haitian government ministries and local non-governmental organizations.

A university in Kenya also ordered 650 Sûrtab devices.

Sûrtab is hoping to diversify its product line beyond tablets, said Patrick
Sagna, director ofbusiness development.

"We want to establish a presence in the software sector. We are in contact
with people from San Francisco who are ready to work with Haitian
developers," he said.

Sûrtab's investors are looking to build an applied science graduate school,
as well as looping in Haiti's skilled arts and crafts industry to help with

"Rather than importing covers for our tablets, we will produce them
locally," said Sagna. "We want our packaging, made with recycled and
recyclable materials, to become a traveling cultural exhibition to
highlight Haitian culture around the world," he added.


24 February 2014 Cardinal Langlois speaks to the Pope

Haiti’s first-ever cardinal to tell pope of his country’s woes

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imageChibly Langlois, who was formally appointed to the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals on Saturday, has vowed to take the reality of his earthquake-ravaged country “into the heart of the Vatican.”

VATICAN CITY, Rome, Monday February 24, 2014 – Haiti’s first-ever cardinal, Chibly Langlois, has vowed to “bring the reality” of his earthquake-ravaged country “into the heart of the Vatican.”

Langlois was one of 19 who were formally appointed to the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The 56-year-old was first named in an announcement by Pope Francis on January 12, the anniversary of the massive earthquake that shattered Haiti and from which the French-speaking Caribbean country is still struggling to recover.

Four years after the 2010 earthquake killed 250,000 people and devastated the country and its infrastructure, nearly 170,000 Haitians remain homeless and impoverished.

Given the special significance of the day for all Haitians, Langlois said he was moved by the pontiff’s choice of date for the announcement.

“We understand that with this nomination the pope wants to invite us to cultivate joy even in the midst of sadness. The joy, the suffering, the pain of the Haitian people are equally those of the Haitian church,” Langlois said.

The country is also embroiled in political strife, with President Michel Martelly currently in talks with the opposition and parliament to end a months-long stalemate over holding parliamentary elections, which were due to take place two years ago.

Critics from both the opposition and the church have lambasted the government for the slow pace of reconstruction after the quake.

Langlois, as the head of the beleaguered country’s Catholic Church, is involved in both issues: which he refers to as a “major economic crisis” and a “political and institutional crisis.”

He vowed to share his knowledge of the situation with Rome.

“I’m bringing the reality of the Haitian church to the heart of the College of Cardinals,” Langlois said, adding that the church’s reality “is also Haiti’s reality.”

“I am going to share with the pope the reality of Haiti: speak to him of our riches, of our weaknesses and our limits.

“We are in a society where there are many difficulties on the economic front. And the church is not from outer space; it is part of reality. What the people experience, the church experiences as well,” he noted.


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12 January 2014 Haitian Cardinal appointed

Mgr Chibly Langlois, premier cardinal haïtien
Le Nouvelliste | Publié le : 12 janvier 2014
Mgr Chibly Langlois, premier cardinal haïtien
Robenson Geffrard

The Catholic Church now has a cardinal headed to Haiti. Monseigneur Langlois Chibly , 55, Bishop of Les Cayes, President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti , Haitian Prime was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis. The announcement was made this morning to the world by the Vatican. Chibly Mgr Langlois was born on 29 November 1958 in the Valley of Jacmel in the south-east of Haiti. In 1985 , he entered the Major Seminary of Our Lady of Port -au- Prince. He was ordained priest on 22 September 1991. April 8, 2004 , Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Fort -Liberté , where he spent seven years. Since 15 August 2011 , he held the same rank in Les Cayes by decision of Pope Benedict XVI.
This is the title of Bishop of Cayes he became president of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti , December 15, 2011 . In this position he succeeded the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cap-Haitien , Mgr Louis Kébreau .
According to Father Hans Alexander , Permanent Secretary of the Conference , questioned at the time by Radio Kiskeya , at the plenary meeting of the bishops who climbed to this high office , Mgr Langlois " was honored for his commitment to the mission of the church and the teaching of catechism .
" A cardinal for a church that seeks
As bishop and cardinal today , Chibly Langlois is the head of a young Catholic who is looking for a new place on the chessboard Haiti . Gone are the days of the bishops of Duvalier , gone are the days of the priests of the theology of liberation and Jean Bertrand Aristide one of them became President of the Republic of Haiti . Welcome to the Church of Rome returned to service and faithful Haitian . This does not mean that politics no longer has a place in the church. The latest initiative of Mgr Langlois and his peers is to take over the possible dialogue between the President Michel Martelly, the opposition and the parliament. The Episcopal Conference of Haiti even attempt a coup last few weeks replacing offhand Religion for Peace, an ecumenical grouping as a mediator in the crisis in Haiti . CEH is offered as a facilitator and runs between all sides of the conflict to allow the return to the table of the protagonists. It is in this context that Mgr Langlois met on December 30 patterns of the Haitian press. On this occasion, media managers were able to discover a rejuvenated and modern Catholic hierarchy , aware of the issue of political mediation in which she puts fingers.
A beautiful answer to the woes of 12 January Mgr Langlois is one of the first 16 cardinals created by Pope Francis. The date of the announcement of this distinction is very symbolic for Haiti . January 12 brings the 4th anniversary of the earthquake in 2010 that destroyed the Cathedral of Port -au- Prince and the main churches in the metropolitan area. The Archbishop of Port -au- Prince, Serge Miot , and ready die under the rubble. Is a Haitian Catholic Church in full reconstruction is headed now a cardinal. Pope Francis said Sunday the creation at a consistory on February 22 next sixteen cardinal electors (under 80 years) , nine of which come from the South and five of his continent , Latin America. A total of 19 cardinals are created taking into account three cardinals over 80 years, who are not voters. Among the new voters if conclave ( meeting convened to elect a new pope ), four are Italians, including the new Secretary of State Pietro Parolin (58 years), two Europeans ( one German and one British ), five Latin American (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Haiti , Nicaragua) , a North American (Canada) , two Africans (Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso ), two Asian (South Korea and the Philippines) . Of the sixteen , twelve archbishops are owners of residential and seats only four are of the Curia . The four appointments of the Curia was predictable : in addition Mgr Parolin , number two, are the guardian of conservative doctrine , Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Germany , prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith , Bishop Lorenzo Baldisseri Secretary General ( Italian) the Synod of Bishops , which has the full confidence of the Pope to prepare large assemblies of late 2014 and 2015 on the family, the new prefect of the clergy , another Italian, Beniamino Stella, recently in this key position . 22 February , the cardinal electors will be 122. The three cardinals over 80 years that were announced by the Pope from Italy , the West Indies (Saint Lucia ) and Spain.
Here are the 16 new cardinals
- Monsignor Pietro Parolin , Secretary of State.
2 - Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri , Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
3 - Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller , Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
4 - Archbishop Beniamino Stella , Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy .
5 - Archbishop Vincent Nichols , Archbishop of Westminster ( UK ) .
6 - Bishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano , Archbishop of Managua ( Nicaragua)
7 - Bishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix , Archbishop of Quebec ( Canada).
8 - Archbishop Jean -Pierre Kutwa Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)
9 - Archbishop Orani João Tempesta , Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
10 - Bishop Gualtiero Bassetti , Archbishop of Perugia- Città della Pieve ( Italy).
11 - Bishop Mario Aurelio Poli , Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) .
12 - Bishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung , Archbishop of Seoul (Korea).
13 - Bishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello , Archbishop of Santiago (Chile ) .
14 - Bishop Philippe Ouedraogo Nakellentuba , Archbishop of Ouagadougou ( Burkina Faso ) .
15 - Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo , Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines) .
16 - Bishop Chibly Langlois , Bishop of Les Cayes ( Haiti ) .
Pope Francis decided to join the College of Cardinals 3 Members archbishops emeritus , who have distinguished themselves by their service to the Holy See and the Church :
1 - Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla , Titular Archbishop of Mesembria .
2 - Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona .
3 - Bishop Edward Kelvin Felix , Emeritus Archbishop of Castries.


Haiti mission trip March 30 - April 5, 2016

Thank you Fr. John for continuing to support the Haiti Solidarity Partnership Ministry.  We had an excellent trip and noted continued progress.  Thanks to all of you that made our Haiti mission trip a success.

  • Susan Bloom and the dresses were very well received.  The ladies were excited to have dresses as were the girls.
  • Beth Baran did a great job with the crafts projects.  It kept the kids engaged and each grade completed a project.
  • Dr. Harold Sparkler donated the vitamins and children's Tylenol that were distributed to three different churches with plenty to spare.
  • Guy Stacy's father in law's ministry in Memphis crafted beautiful rosaries with love that were shared with all.
  • Max Tepper's first aid kits were distributed to the boy and girl scouts with instruction on each component.
  • First grader, Gabrielle Baham, was the leader of both MQP 1st grade classes that donated stuffed animals for the entire first grade class at St. Benoit. The extras were given to the nurse to give to sick children.
Progress report:

  • The grounds look very good with continued improvement.  All of the classrooms are complete, except the 12th grade.  The school kitchen is functioning well and the elementary school children are receiving a hot lunch each day.
  • 98% of the students pass their classes and move to the next level year school year.
  • The assembly hall is roughed in with a metal roof.  Outlets, plastering and painting are needed.
  • The 2nd story of the rectory is roughed in, no roof to date.
  • There are local ladies that will weave some baskets and embroider some tea towels for us to sell.
  • We bought several original paintings from local artist Jean Veny Brezil.
  • The high school students need a 12th grade teacher, the construction cost of the building and library is not something we agreed to at this time.
  • The high school students would also like to receive a hot lunch.
  • Monsignor would like to add music teacher to the staff.
  • The goat program is extremely successful and additional goats would be welcomed.
  • A library on site would be welcomed.
  • Parish Feast in July ~$4,000.00
  • More teaching aids such as:


  • Elementary dictionaries; (7) French and (6) high school French/English dictionaries are needed for school.
  • Geometry tools for teachers, ruler, compass, triangle kit & protractor for black board use as well as individual students.
  • Plastic file folders with strap
  • Standard letter sized envelopes
  • Scotch tape
  • Calculators for teachers and students
  • White construction paper for elementary students
  • Acrylic paint of all colors, small paintbrushes
  • Construction paper of all colors
  • Colored crayons



Thank you for welcoming Msgr. Wildor during his NOLA mission appeal 
August 2015


A message from Monsignor:



Hi Muguet  I would like to thank all of you who took care of me during my last trip in mandeville, thank you for everything a special thank to you Muguet , to tony indefatigably  man who never tired whit me, thank you to Fr. John who accepted me to stay at the  the rectory, thank you to fr Ian, a big thank you to Sister marina who organised this appeal, to to each family who invited me to take diner whit them. A big thank from the bottom of my heart. My God bless you all. Msgr Wildor



A short video from our friends at St. Dominic.

They will partner with Mt. Carmel, a 20 minute ride from St. Benoit.  The good news is spreading...

From Pat Veters:

Thought you folks would enjoy the video that Mark prepared about our trip. He did an unbelievable job and our friends from MQP are a big part of the story.

A message from Monsignor Wildor: April 20, 2015

Once again I would like to thank all of you who came to visit us in Dessources. Thank you very much for your love, your time, your prayers and your generosities.  The people of Dessources were very happy with your visit. Your presence in Dessources is a blessing for our parish special thanks to Fr John who gave  the possibility to continue our partnership as a sister parish.  Thanks for every one who encorporates to make that trip a reality.  Thank you for your understanding and for your love to the Haitian people.  May god continue his blessing upon Mary, Queen of Peace and to all people of good will. May god bless you all. Msgr Widlor

Haiti Mission 2015 returns home

Just a quick note to thank you all for your prayers during the 2015 Mission trip.  It was a wonderful trip.

We were pleased to see the continued significant progress made at St. Benoit with over 450 children in school.  The crafts were a huge hit with the elementary children and we distributed vitamins to 105 children, up from 34 last year.  An scholastic tournament was held and they show great promise of continued education.

Bishop Andre Dumas came to see us on Sunday and celebrated mass with the community.  He was most appreciative of our continued prayers and support.  We feel confident that St. Dominic in New Orleans will partner with Mt. Carmel in Haiti.  We are indeed spreading the good news.
Monsignor Wildor sends his love and sincere thanks to everyone at Mary, Queen of Peace.  We have built a great relationship with him and always feel very welcomed at our home in Haiti.
As we sift through the thousands of pictures taken we will set a date for a show.  Here are just a few.  Keep an eye on the web page for updates.
Thank you again for your continued support of the parishioners of St. Benoit.

Thank you Mary, Queen of Peace Parishioners for donating over $21,000.00 for the 3rd annual "NIght in Haiti" 2015 event.

The funds raised will be used for scholarships, teacher salaries and the school lunch program and will be able to keep the school operating until June 2015. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to pray for us.

Please see the last 5 minutes of WLAE's "Issues & Faith" for the reporting of our event.  You can fast forward to it.



Thank you Mary, Queen of Peace parishioners for donating $27,738.00 during the second collection on the weekend of Oct 4-5 for the parishioners of St. Benoit in Dessource, Haiti.

Monsignor Wildor and our guests are most thankful for the opportunity to visit with us and offer their sincere thanks for your kind generosity.
As the school enrollment continues they have made significant progress with your help and on their own to continue the construction.  The funds raised this weekend will last for about 5 months of school expenses not including construction costs, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

We pray that you will be able to continue your support of St. Benoit. Thank you for making the mission of the Church a part of your daily living, as Pope Pius II once said, "some give by going, others go by giving."

Happy Birthday to Monsignor Wildor on September 6th

A message from Monsignor:

"Thank you very much I am very bless because of your all presence in my ministry as a priest  Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your support. your sacrifices to help me enjoy my priesthood life. you are for me more than a family I don't have word to say thank you to you all. Thank you for the great effort that the ministry is doing to help Dessources. God bless your ministry. Msgr Wildor".


Haiti Mission Slide show

The 2014 Haiti Mission slide show was shown to the ministry members for comments on June 25, 2014.  Further edits will be made and an announcement in the bulletin will be made for the next presentation to all parishioners.  Comments included, before and after pictures, subtitles, titles to slides of smaller chapels.  Thank you to Tom Bubrig for spending his time to make this presentation and Clay Drewes and Tony Pastorello for providing the footage.

Thank you to:

Kay Gruntz, 12, MQP parishioner and home schooled young entrepreneur.  Kay raised $110.81 by selling tea towels and candles and donated the proceeds to send a child to elementary school for one year.  Thank you Kay for thinking of your brothers and sisters in Haiti.




Posted 29 January 2014

Read about CRS water works in Haiti here

Read about CRS work in Haiti in the last four years here

Posted 13 January 2014

Hope for Haiti While many challenges remain, much progress in disaster relief has been made in the country since the 2010 earthquake, experts say Scott Alessi OSV Newsweekly

Posted 18 December 2013

Hear the podcast here about how Catholics are improving education in Haiti.

Posted 20 August 2013

University president reflects on CRS' work in Haiti read it here.

Posted: 16 May 2013 11:38 AM PDT

Pope Francis met with Caritas leaders from around the world to discuss their work in helping millions of poor and vulnerable people, telling them, “A Church without charity does not exist.”

The post Pope Francis: A Church Without Charity Does Not Exist appeared first on Catholic Relief Services Newswire.

Catholic Education in Haiti - See report here

CRS school feeding projects highlight Haiti

CRS microfinance projects

We can do this via FONKOZE, if you are interested in leading this effort please call Muguet at 985 705 1846

CRS uses technology to assist low income families


Planting helps reduce flood damage in Haiti

barren hillside


Pariosse St. Benoit is well suited to this program bringing farmers to markets to generate income and break the cycle of poverty




Webinar:  Strengthening Catholic Education in HaitiThursday, February 21, 2013From 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMPresenters:  Rachel Hermes, Education Coordinator, CRS Haiti and Jay Brown, Director, Office of Justice and Peace, Diocese of Richmond, VAWeb Link: in Number: 1-866-214-0726 pass code 793157Haitian school childrenBackgroundRecently CRS worked with Haiti’s Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of all Catholic Schools in Haiti, gathering information on school contact information, student numbers, teachers, school facilities and parent committees, as well as GPS points of each school. The resulting reportcompiled by Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education provides comprehensive data on school characteristics and access to schooling, catholic identity and formation, school quality, governance and management, finances, and capacity.  Currently this valuable information is being used by the CEEC and the 10 Diocesan Education Offices as a planning tool to strengthen Catholic Education throughout the country.

The main priority for the CEEC is the provision of quality education. Thus, CRS is working with the Episcopal Commission on Catholic Education in Haiti to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen teacher training for all Catholic school teachers throughout the country.

The parish twinning community in the U.S. is extremely invested in education initiatives in Haiti from supporting teacher salaries to implementing school feeding programs.  Please join us for a presentation on the state of Catholic Education in Haiti and discussion on how we can work together with the Church in Haiti to impact the quality of education throughout the country.

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“Haiti Church reconstruction via PROCHE “
  • All church reconstruction goes through the Partnership for Church Reconstruction in Haiti (PROCHE).  This is a newly formed advisory group to oversee and project manage all Catholic construction in Haiti.  It is not a funding source.  It is a cooperation of the Church of Haiti, USCCB, Adveniat, and French Conference of Bishops.   All Church projects must first be approved by the PROCHE committee to validate the land ownership, confirm the title is unencumbered, that the plan is technically correct for future natural disasters.  After receiving funding, they will act as project managers to ensure that Catholic properties are built back correctly in Haiti.  This is a very complex topic and not one that we can initiate.  Bishop Dumas is currently repairing a co cathedral in Miragoane though this process.
PROCHE is an organization overseeing the rebuilidng of the co-catherdrale in Anse-a-Veau, our sister Archdioces.

“Poverty Smiles”

An article by Carolyn Woo, President CRS.

Where CRS and NGOs are working in Haiti

Updates on Haiti efforts from CRS