For over a decade, St. Margaret Mary has journeyed with parishes in Haiti with the theme of “You can do it. We can help.” Our programs have included projects which provide a self-sustaining impact and crisis funding as natural disasters have required.
Stand up to Advocate for Humane Treatment of Haitians Seeking Asylum
As Catholics, we are called to speak out on behalf of the poor and vulnerable, and we are called to create a just society. Recent events surrounding people seeking refuge in our nation, particularly a large number of Haitians, show a disregard for human dignity. Fr. Walsh and our Haiti Committee sent a letter to representatives of our federal government pleading that we implement more humane standards in the treatment of those seeking safety in our country, and that we pause deportations of Haitians in light of the gravely increased instability in their country this year due to natural disasters, political instability, and the pandemic. READ MORE.
The program is based on 4 principles:
- Haitian Self-Sufficiency: With a guiding hand, Haitians can do it themselves!
- Sustainability: We've identified numerous programs and projects that work!
- Transparency: Any exchange of money or deal is a clear and well known transaction. Each person's role is clearly defined.
- Clear Exit Time: The parish knows they will have us for 5 years. "If you stay too long, you become part of the problem, not the solution.
Livestock, village banking and agriculture.
Disease prevention, water accessibility and purity, and supporting destitute seniors
Teacher training and compensation (cow project). In some cases, school construction
Faith and WorshipTraining for chapel leaders to conduct services, music and sacrament preparation. Extra support for couples getting married
Peace ProgramYouth program focusing on leadership training and promoting peace through conflict resolution and mediation skills
Videos about the Haiti Ministry
If you are interested in starting a mission program at your parish, we can help you get it off the ground using "Ken's Model" for Haiti. If you have a current mission program, regardless of location, these methods can be implemented.
Contact us and we will set you up with a member from our ministry!
Haiti Outreach Ministry Brochure: