As we look back on 2018, we look back on all the children who touched out lives. The little ones who were fortunate to start school and get that education they thought was out of reach. The children we watched grow through middle school to become young adults in their final years of high school. And those who graduated and are moving on to university with the same determination they had when they were the little ones starting school. And we remember yet again, why the sisters work so hard; why our sponsors provide so much, why our volunteers work so tirelessly. And it's all worth it.
So, on to 2019...!
January is Haitian Outreach Month at St. Bernard at St. Camillus Parish, Fitchburg
We will have collection bins at the entrances of the church to collect school supplies, backpacks and children's clothing and shoes. The parish is always very generous to Haitian Outreach and we are grateful because it makes a difference in the lives of the children we minister to. Many thanks.
2019 Trip to Haiti!
A group of 12 will be leaving early March 2019 for a week in Haiti. We will see 302 children and deliver their backpacks. One volunteer is monitoring our processes as he will model our program for children in Liberia. We wish him well!
Pray for a safe and successful trip.
Electric Upgrade at St. Marie
Donations and Fund raisers will allow us to purchase an electric up-grade at St. Marie for our use when we visit. It will enable us to keep the refrigerator and another appliance plugged in at the same time! Hurrah Thank you for your generous donations!
We are always in need of new sponsors for the children. Sponsors can change from year to year and we always have some children in need of a permanent sponsor. If you know anyone who is interested in changing the life of a child in Haiti, and help to move them out of poverty by helping them to get an education, please contact Pauline 978-407-4397.
19 College Students!
We started September 2018 with sponsorship for 19 college students. Haitian Outreach will support 5 students going to university in Haiti with Grant Funding and 14 sponsors agreed to help their students attend higher education! We will see these students in March and deliver their backpacks. This is amazing! Who would have thought—attending a University was a possibility!
Location! Location! Location!
As of November 30th we moved our stock out of the property on Water St., Fitchburg. We are still looking for a viable new location with heat and running water. We have our supplies stored in different places for the winter. We continue to search any resource to find a kind person to allow us to do our work for the children in Haiti. If you know of anyone who has approx. 2,000 sq. ft. that we can use to prepare our backpacks, please call Deacon John at 978-618-9323. We are willing to pay utilities and rent can be taken as a tax deduction. We are a tax deductible non-profit organization.
Deacon John and Pauline continue to meet with organizations in the local area who are excited to work with us to fund raise and collect school supplies that we can send to our schools. St. Bernard's High School will be soliciting and collecting school supplies in January. 3rd Grade at the Elementary school already collaborate with us.
Shipments to Haiti
Our first shipment left in August—126 bins and our second shipment left in October—62 bins. The first shipment arrived safely. Recently received word that our second shipment has arrived and is safely waiting for our arrival to distribute to the children.
We cannot begin to list the volunteers, donors and supporters who give us the means to continue this beautiful ministry. Seeing the faces of the children is heartwarming and we wish you could all be with us to see your sponsor child in person. We truly are making a difference in their lives and the schools we serve.
Wishing you Peace and Joy in the New Year!