Church of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti

St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md. 

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Young student at the parish school in Salière.

"On the last day of our visit, a boy named Roberto came and sat next to me. He talked about having malaria and how when he gets the fever he can't go to school. Then he looked at me and said, 'When you go home tomorrow, you need to take me with you,' and my heart broke." (Cindy Garvin, 2001)

How you can help

With your help, the children of St. Pierre parish in Baradères will be far more capable of achieving their own dreams and of working to help their desperate country.

The children have many specific needs. Families lack adequate food, clothing, shelter, access to medicine and health care, tools and school supplies.

Many forms of assistance are appropriate. Priorities have been established through the leadership of the St. Pierre parish and the St. John the Baptist Sister Parish Committee. The committee is open to ideas. Donations to the project are tax deductible.

Through the St. John the Baptist sister parish project, you can:

  • Provide direct financial or material support which the project steering committee targets to expressed priority needs.
  • Donate educational and medical supplies.
  • Contribute to the secondary school.

A broad base of long-term support is especially critical to the future of the St. Pierre parish secondary school, the Collège St. Jean Baptiste (CSJB). Co-founded in 1999 by St. Pierre and St. John the Baptist parishes, the school has distinguished itself for academic quality, even though its first class of 12th graders graduated only in 2006.

For a contribution of $150 a year, you can fully fund the education of one child at CSJB. The school now has about 240 students (2006-07 school year).

If you want to become a secondary school contributor or help in other ways please contact Cynthia Norris.

Click here for contact information about the project.

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