St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md.
The sister parish project of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community provides financial and technical help and materials supporting health, educational and relief services to the people of St. Pierre parish in Baradères, Haiti.
Needs in St. Pierre parish far exceed what St. John's can support. But the close relationship forged between the two communities is a solid foundation for
Food assistance for children is a high priority of the project, which provides
Our newest educational goal has been reachedexpansion of the Collège St. Jean Baptiste from secondary school status (grades 7-9) to include high school (grades 10-12). In June 2005, all ninth graders passed the national exams for the third year in a row, and three placed in the top 10 percent nationally! In June 2006, the school will celebrate its first high-school graduating class.
Along with financial contributions, St. John's parishioners donate thousands of dollars worth of food, medications, books, typewriters, computers, musical instruments, sewing and craft supplies, and graduation gowns.
Support from outside foundations is a vital component of the project. In recent years, foundation support has enabled the project to