The goal of Haitian Outreach is to assist The Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate of Haiti to continue their work educating the poorest of the poor. For Haiti to grow into it's own economically healthy country, operated by Haitians, education is no. 1. Education must be accessible to everyone.
By assisting the sisters, we are educating more children each year. Haitian Outreach's Child Sponsorship Program provides funds, school supplies, clothing and food for a child to go to school from Kindergarten on to college. There are fewer families living in sheet tents and less fear in the faces of the children.
The Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate of Haiti was founded in 1971 by Mother Monique, a native Haitian, (then 55 years of age) and young Sister Gibbs. Mother Monique was answering what she felt was a very "strong call" to rescue young homeless street girls' to provide them with shelter, food, and proper training to enable them to find employment. Mother Monique died in 1997. Her final wish was that her "Sisters" be not forgotten. The Sisters operate a shelter (Our Lady of Good Refuge) for homeless girls (14 to 20 years old), a novitiate (currently 5 novices), a fish farm, elementary school, sewing school at Lilavois, an elementary school at Saut d'Eau. A school (Lalue) in downtown Port-au-Prince—1500+ students, elementary schools in Damassin, Roche A Bateau, Jeremie, Des Coteaux and a school Croix des Bouquets. Also mission houses at each location. The sisters are 1 of 2 all Haitian religious order of women serving their homeland.
1998 - We met Mother Monique in 1983 and supported her work over the years. Each summer we eagerly awaited her visit with reports of each new project. On her deathbed we promised to visit her beloved people and her work. The needs we witnessed when we visited Haiti in January 1998 prompted us to found Haitian Outreach. Fund raising efforts in 1998 provided a small water filtration system for St. Marie's shelter, a down payment for transportation-medical supplies-110,000 lbs. of relief supplies shipped.
1999-2000 - Provided funds to rebuild and furnish St. Joseph School at Roche a Bateau which was destroyed by fire in 1997 keeping the children out of school for 2 years.
2001 - Our group hired Haitian labor and we supervised the painting of a Mission House and School situated on the soon to be opened fish farm/school/mission in Lilavois. Donations supplied the paint and materials needed. peaking engagements resulted in a representative from Rotary International joining us to supervise the installation of 32 solar panels to power the new well, which needed electricity to pump the water for the 5 fish basins (a project funded by a group from Martha's Vineyard) the school in Lilavois opened in September,2001.They also had water. The first 2 of the 5 fish basins (tilapias) were being stocked. What an exciting time! The first fishes were harvested in June,2001.Some of our fund raisers were: plant sales at St. Cecilia's Church—which paid for 4 propane gas stoves with ovens-$1500.00 for transportation of goods to Haiti.
2002 - A dining room for the teenage girls at the shelter (Our Lady of Good Refuge) at Canapé Vert. We shipped a kitchen sink, plumbing-dishes, kitchen supplies, and food. Our goal is to add some variety to their daily diet of cornmeal, beans and rice. The Sisters do not have the funds to provide more than shelter, limited food and a uniform. That is the reason we ship clothes, shoes, food, sewing supplies, toiletries, medicine, etc.
2003 - New seats for the out door Toilets were donated for the shelter. Sponsorship Program for children to go to school began in Saut d'Eau a remote mountain village and Croix des Bouquets one of our schools. The Sisters choose the poorest of the poor who could not attend school because school is not free in Haiti. The visitors that traveled with us suggested projects which could be done in the future.
2004 - More painting done with donations of paint. Window screens were made--doors and benches Haitian labor hired. Schools were visited and more children were signed up for sponsorship at Lalue, St. Marie, Croix des Bouquets and Lilavois.
2005 - Shipped over 200 buckets weighing 100lbs.each during the year with clothes, shoes, food, filled backpacks for the sponsored children which were distributed More painting done –the girl's dining room –the novitiate at Canapé Vert. blackboards and screens at Saut d'Eau more children signed up for sponsorship. We now have 242 children in school. Hand rails were made and installed at St. Marie for the safety of everyone.
2006 - We visited in March because of turmoil in the Country. Visited the schools to update children's files-measurements-and photos signed up more children for sponsorship we now have 292.new solar panels and car batteries for electricity at St. Marie and Lilavois. Shelter painted and convent at St. Marie with Haitian labor. More new doors made. 400 buckets shipped and distributed during the year. Thanks to the generosity of many good people we were able to accomplish much good.
2007 - We arrived March 4 with 10 travelers. Interviewed and photographed all sponsor children except for 2 who were ill. Distributed backpacks to 290 children. Painted the inside and outside of the novitiate. Used 90 gallons of donated paint. Visited schools (Lalue, Croix des Bouquets, and Lilavois). We lost 9 children at Lilavois because families moved away because of kidnappings in the area. Sisters replaced the nine with children of the same sizes and need. We now have solar panels, batteries, and inverter at Saut d'Eau for electricity. Also the same at Lilavois. A new school is being built at Croix des Bouquet replacing the outdated one. Great news! Louis cook alio olio (spaghetti) for all the shelter and a giant raffle was held for all with many prizes donated to Haitian Outreach at home. The girls at the shelter will graduate in July 2007 after finishing a two year program. A new group will arrive this coming September. All girls received a piece of luggage with toiletries, clothing, etc as a graduation gift. Than you to all who send goods to our organization.
2008 - We visited Haiti in April with 14 workers and Sr. Judith Dupee, head of Haitian Apostolate for the Diocese of Worcester as our guest. We interviewed, photo graphed, and delivered backpacks to 320 sponsored children at Lalue school, Croix des Bouquets, Lilavois, Saut d'Eau, and St. Marie. We met the 57 new girls in the two year shelter program at St. Marie and photographed them and distributed clothes and toilet articles to each girl. Our two week stay started quietly but soon demonstrations began in the city as hungry Haitians marched to protest the rising cost of rice which as tripled in an economy where 90% of the people have no jobs. We got caught in some of the burning tires and roadblocks, but thanks to our great drivers (Richard and Yeye) we arrived safely back to St. Marie. Taking advantage of our lockup at St. Marie during the demonstrations, Louis cooked spaghetti in olive oil and garlic for the sisters, girls at the shelter, and all the people of Canapé Vert. The next day Norman, Claire, and Nicole made pancakes for all and Gloria cooked spam and baked cakes. The food was enjoyed by all. Sunday we celebrated the grand opening of our newly constructed building "Bureau Leclerc" dedicated to serving families in need of food, clothing, shoes, and sponsorship with Drack Bonhomme as our Haitian representative at the site. We also have a new trainee Winddcheley Saturne who will assist Drack. We hired seven Haitian men to paint the rest of the novitiate as well as our new building, the entrance wall, and some painting at the shelter. The men were very grateful to earn a wage to feed their families. This year two young ladies came to Haiti with us, Nicole (our Granddaughter) and Jessica who worked diligently on the files and paperwork. We lost six sponsored children this year because of relocation but we signed up 30 new children who desperately need sponsors. Pray that we find them one. Thank you to everyone that made this mission so successful this past year, thanks to your generosity, we shipped 450 - 100lb filled containers for the poor of Haiti. This year we lost our benefactor, Sterilite, who donated the containers in the past for which we are very grateful. This makes it very important for us to find a supplier at a reasonable cost or donations so we may continue our mission.
2009 - This year we visited Haiti on March 10-24, 2009. Ten travelers, including a nurse, doctor, plumber, electrician, and workers went to continue the Haitian Mission. We found our 356 sponsored children well, happy and thriving. We lost ten of our sponsored children, but the good sisters replaced them with our other needy ones to benefit from the generosity of the sponsors for the tuition assistance for the 2008-2009 school year. The children were thrilled to receive a backpack from their sponsors. The new Family Center is going well with the help of Winddcheley, the young man we brought here for training last summer and his assistant Wesner. Drack Bonhomme, our first trainee, has graduated from college in Haiti and accepted a position with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The 42 good sisters send their love and gratitude to all and thank you for your assistance in helping to educate, feed and clothe the poor of Haiti.
2010 - We went to Haiti after a delay in flights because of the earthquake which struck Haiti in January. We flew March 19 and returned April 2, 2010. When we approached Haiti the destruction was unbelievable. Once on the ground it was worse than imagined. At the compound at Canapé Vert, Port-au-Prince the mother house and the noviciate and the shelter for girls and the visitors quarters are all destroyed. We lost two nuns, ten shelter girls and three sponsored children in the quake. We still have fifteen sponsored children that we cannot find but three young men who help us in Haiti Wesner St. Charles, Yvens Jean Baptiste, and Makenson Merisca are still searching for them. This year we had to stay in Lilavois at the fish farm because of the conditions at Canapé Vert. Lilavois has damage and the sisters are sleeping outside. Our compound at St. Marie is overrun with families who have set up sheet tents on the property because their huts are all destroyed. We have about 360 families living there with the sisters. Debris is being cleaned up at the compound thanks to many generous donors to Haitian Outreach. The visitors quarters has been demolished and an area cleared for the nuns to live until their mother house is rebuilt.
We are fortunate that our newest building "Bureau Leclerc" remained intact a few minor cracks but they have been repaired and a new bathroom has been installed with a bathtub, shower, sink and flush toilet to be used by the nuns. This building is our Family Center where our shipments of backpacks, food, shoes and clothing are kept to distribute to the poor.
We never charge for the supplies in our Family Center. All we ask is that each family try on the clothes to make sure they fit and the same with the shoes which, by the way, are in very short supply. When the quake hit our supplies provided much needed help for all. There has been no government help to the people at all since the quake. The only visible help has come from the U.S. at the airport, rice distribution to some. The French Red Cross has a few first aid tents and the Swiss Red Cross distributes water for washing not for drinking. USAID has a program where Haitians are hired to clean the rubble with hammers and shovels and wheelbarrows but everything is done by hand. There is no large equipment there to help pick up the debris. The Salvation Army is there and the Mormon Church. If small nonprofit church groups like ours were not in Haiti, nothing would get accomplished. Some groups are helping with medical, some with feeding children, some with distributing tents, some helping to clean up the debris. The Haitians are amazing people. I don't know how they are managing. Conditions are deplorable
At St. Marie we have hired about ten men to help with the cleanup and they are being paid $4.00 per day which enables them to feed their families. There is plenty of food and water in the marketplace but only for purchase. Nothing is given free. Tents are desperately needed because most poor families are living in tents made of bed sheets and the rainy season is fast approaching. Our sponsored children were very happy to see us and the sisters set up a day of "Joy" so the children could come to be interviewed, measured and photographed receiving their backpacks from their American "Godparents." This was repeated at all the schools we service. Because of all the destruction we took names and photos of 50 children who desperately need sponsors. If you know of anyone interested please let us know at
Also, any donations are gratefully accepted. You can be sure that it will be used wisely and all of it will be sent to Haiti to continue the cleanup in Haiti.
2011 - We have returned from our annual trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We were very excited to see what has been accomplished since the earthquake of January 2010. We were happy to see a new convent for the sisters, a new chapel, a beautiful new visitors quarters. Bureau Leclerc, our family center has a safe approval stamp from the government. And our six schools have been repaired, thank you to all of the U.S. benefactors that have made our dream come true. Our sponsored children are well and are attending school. A few of the families left the area for other parts of Haiti so the good sisters have replaced them with very needy ones. Our group worked very hard to photograph, measure, and interview each child. Our driver Yeye took very good care of us. We had a wonderful time and we look forward to our return next year. Our group was Norman & Gloria, Louis & Claire, Muriel, Greg, Karen, Mary, Yvens, and Wesner.
We have brought back photos of needy children who desperately want to go to school. Sponsorship is available for $125.00 per year for tuition assistance. And $60.00 for a filled backpack. You would make such a difference in a child's life.
Interested? Contact Claire at 978-345-7223 or e-mail MemandGrampy[at]aol[dot]com.
Louis & Claire Giuliani
2012 - Nine travelers left for Haiti on March 4, 2012 and returned March 14, 2012. We had a very successful trip and we visited all of our 417 sponsored children. We found that most of them are no longer in sheet tents but have repaired their little huts.
We also noticed that there is much happening in Haiti since last year. We were happy to see that the Bush-Clinton Foundation has been working with the new President Martelli to bring into Port au Prince many pieces of heavy equipment, such as trucks, front end loaders etc., to help haul away the rubble. Haitian men have been formed into community groups of 20 and report each day at 6 am and are given a hard hat and vest and a 5 gallon bucket to gather rubble and dump the rubble into shiny new wheelbarrows and wheel them to the middle of the street where the front end loaders scoop up the rubble and haul it away.
The men work from 6 am to 5 pm for 2 American dollars a day. The rubble is returned all crushed and then cement making begins to rebuild huts. There is also street and traffic lights installed in many areas powered by solar. They have hired crossing guards to help students cross busy streets, it is funny to watch two people dressed in yellow step into the streets with red flags with stop written in English on the flags and the country speaks Creole and French. Also they are beginning to put street signs on roads which I have never seen in 10 years. Our property now has a sign "Rue St. Marie". The tent city in front of the palace which is shown often on our televisions is now almost empty (five tents left) and people have been relocated. They are also cleaning the park site. We had a 4.6 earthquake around 10:00 pm while we were there and we all flew outside quickly. The looks of terror on the faces of the Haitians is unforgettable. They stayed in the streets all night while we went back to bed. There were two aftershocks the next day.
Our six schools are mostly repaired and in the Croix des Bouquets school we saw children washing in a large barrel of stagnant water one after the other day after day. Sister Navidad asked for a generator to help keep the water stirring so sanitation would be better and children would be less likely to spread cholera. So, Haitian Outreach provided them that generator. We also chose two outstanding high school seniors from our sponsored kids to receive the annual Leclerc college scholarship for attending university in September. We found our kids very happy and healthy, that they are eating, and so grateful to attend school. The need for education is so great in Haiti because there is no public school system so if the family cannot pay, which most of them cannot, then the child cannot go to school. That is why Sponsoring a child is SO important. Unfortunately only the rich or the lucky ones attend school. The good Sisters look for very, very poor children to bring to us to find a sponsor for them so they may have a chance for a life. We take one child from each family and the parent decides which of their children it will be. That is such a hard choice. We have brought photos of 40 children who dream of attending school and if there is anyone that you know that might be interested in sponsorship PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! You can call 978-345-7223 and we would love to see these kids start school in September. Tuition assistance remains at $125.00 per year and a filled backpack is $60.00. Please keep us and the children of Haiti in mind!!
Our Family Center Bureau Leclerc is doing well where goods are given to families at no charge. Thanks to everyone that donates clothing, shoes and food that we ship to Haiti on a regular basis. Families this year have been asking for shampoo as it is not affordable or available to them. They are very grateful people and are so happy to see us each year. Thank you so much for all that you do for the very poor of Haiti. The good sisters send their love and keep all of you in their prayers.
Louis & Claire Giuliani
2013 - We have returned from a very successful journey to visit our five schools in Haiti. We saw so many improvements since our visit last year. The country is slowly recovering from the 2010 earthquake. There are fewer families living in sheet tents and less fear in the faces of the children. The property at St. Marie is almost finished with the addition of a new church, a garden of reflection dedicated to the Nuns and girls lost in the quake, and a concrete fence with a wrought iron top almost completed around the entire perimeter of the property. The community center, Bureau Leclerc hummed with families coming to visit to receive the items needed that we have shipped during the year such as clothes, shoes, towels, sheets, etc.
The travelers Louis, Claire, Karen, Mary, Muriel, Greg, Sandra, and Rosemary worked very hard to interview and complete files and photograph the 450 sponsored children. We took the names of 40 new children who are desperate to attend school as it is not free in Haiti. Deacon John who traveled last year with us was not able to come with us at the last minute due to a family emergency. He was sorely missed but will absolutely be with us next time.
The cost to sponsor a child is $130 per year due in August 2013 for tuition and $60 to cover the cost of a backpack hand delivered to each child containing everything needed for school for an entire year, also toiletries, shoes, clothes, socks, etc. Please let us know if you or a friend is interested in sponsoring one of our kids. Calls us at the telephone numbers above or come to Parkhill Plaza to visit and see the photos of the children or check out our websites www.haitianoutreach.net or www.bostongringo.com. Thank you for listening.
Louis and Claire Giuliani
2014 - We have recently returned from our yearly mission to Haiti and it was very successful. We distributed over 420 backpacks and went to five schools while on our journey. As always, it was exciting to see all the children and how they have grown and changed, and experience the knowledge they have gained from being able to attend school as a result of their sponsors.
There have been many changes at St. Marie, as reconstruction continues after the 2010 earthquake. The new church is completed and is utterly beautiful. Also completed is the garden of reflection dedicated to the Nuns and girls lost in the quake of 2010, and a concrete fence with a wrought iron top. The visitors building, the " bunk house" as we call it, was updated with an additional bedroom, a kitchenette and newly tiled showers. Finally, Rue St. Marie, formerly a dirt road with a steep climb and filled with pot holes has been paved top to bottom. This makes it considerably easier for the local Hatians who walk up and down daily carrying heavy goods throughout the day. And we must say, it helps us travelers to more easily endure the trips back and forth to St. Marie each day.
The community center, Bureau LeClerc, was well stocked with needed items we ship during the year. Included are such things as shoes, clothing, toiletries, sheets and towels, toys for children and other necessities. You may ask if the toys are a necessity. They are important because the children have so little to bring them happiness and toys can stimulate imagination and learning at a young age. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated items for the families in Haiti.
We have changed how these items are distributed to the families who come daily to St. Marie. In the past, Haitian Outreach managed the distribution of the items to the families. This year, the sisters of St. Marie have taken responsibility of this process. Families come to the bureau after the team has departed and the sisters have a better feel for the needs of the families.
2015 - Happy New Year!
Haitian Outreach has completed its shipments for the 2016 school year. A total of 121 bins filled to the brim with backpacks, clothing, sewing materials, food, shoes, and much more have been shipped to Haiti. Shipping is one of our largest expenses.
A total of 296 children were sponsored by donors all of the USA and received tuition/uniform and a backpack, which aids them attend school in Haiti. We assist 5 different Catholic schools in Haiti. Wow! What a job. Lori Charpentier and Claire Guiliani must have gone straight to heaven for the work that they accomplished while they were on this earth.
God has graced us with the task of continuing to educate the children of Haiti through this ministry. John and Pauline Aliskevicz have become the new Co-directors, in collaboration with St. Bernard @ St. Camillus. New ideas and changes are coming. We have a new mailing address: P.O. Box 16, Fitchburg, MA 01420.
We are trying to refine the items we ship to Haiti to specifically send school supplies for the September 2015 school year. We will discuss this with the Sisters who run the schools when we go to Haiti March 17-23rd.
Please keep us in your prayers for a safe trip: Pauline, Rose Mary, Muriel, Jeannette, Joan, Chris & Kelly, Mary from California, and Karen from Martha's Vineyard.
It is our pleasure is to deliver the backpacks filled with so much care and love to the sponsored children. We do not plan to take on any new children, but we did have 26 children, who for one reason or another did not have a sponsor this year. If you would like to sponsor a child to attend Catholic school in Haiti, please call Pauline Aliskevicz at 978-342-9118 and leave your name and number.
As in the past January is Haitian Outreach month at St. Bernard's @ St. Camillus parish. Any schools supplies and/or monetary donations are greatly appreciated. If you wish to send money to your sponsored child/family for food, please send to Pauline Aliskevicz, P.O. Box 16, Fitchburg, MA 01420 by February 28th and note your student's name, number and school. We will deliver to a parent in March.
Unfortunately, we have had to vacate the store front at Park Hill Plaza. We are grateful to Aubuchon Hardware for their generosity in allowing us to set up and distribute donations in this location for the last several years. We are looking for somewhere to set up operations starting in April. If you know of anyone who would be willing to let Haitian Outreach use some space to compile backpacks and school supplies to ship to Haiti, please call Deacon John at the same number listed above.
Please place all donated items in the bins at the doors of the church:
All school supplies: Paper, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Notebooks, Binders, Folders, etc.
Please place monetary donations labeled "Haitian Outreach" in the weekly collection basket.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and keeps this ministry going forward,
Deacon John and Pauline Aliskevicz, Co-Directors Haitian Outreach
2016 - Happy New Year!
Haitian Outreach had a successful 2015 and will begin preparations for the 2016 school year in the spring. A total of 100 bins filled to the brim with backpacks, clothing, food, a new pair of shoes, and school supplies have been shipped to Haiti. The cost for shipping to Haiti is our greatest expense.
A total of 250 children have received support for tuition, a uniform, and immunizations. Backpacks will be distributed in March when we arrive. We presently assist 5 different private schools in Haiti. The Sisters of the Immaculate Queen Mary Order have asked us to assist them get a 6th school up and running in Des Coteaux, Haiti. The two Sisters will teach the children on tarps and sheets outside as they don't have a building. They will live in a shack with no running water. We were able to send household items to help them get started.
God graced us with space and funding to assist these poor children in 2015. Unfortunately, in 2015 we lost one of our benefactors, who passed away, and we will no longer be able to depend on the funding to assist with sponsorships. We will continue to send tuition, and backpacks to the children sponsored in our program. We will no longer be able to fund students who are not sponsored for the 2016 school year. We have 3 students who will graduate from college in 2016. We are very proud of them and their hard work making them successful working citizens of Haiti.
Please keep us in your prayers for a safe trip in March: Deacon John, Pauline, Rose Mary, Muriel, Jeannette, Joan, Greg, Mary from California, Paula & Bill, Christina, Jolene and Karen from Martha's Vineyard. It is our pleasure to deliver the backpacks filled with so much care and love and to meet the sponsored children.
As in the past January is Haitian Outreach month at St. Bernard's at St. Camillus parish. A suggested list of donations is on this page. If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor a child, or have any questions about sponsoring a child, please call Pauline Aliskevicz at 978-807-4397 or go to our website: www.haitianoutreach.net . You can pick a child to sponsor and use PayPal on our website. It is fast and easy.
Please place all donated items in the bins at the doors of the church. Monetary donations can be placed in an envelope labeled "Haitian Outreach" and placed in the weekly collection baskets. Haitian Outreach is 100% tax deductible; all donations go directly to assist the children of the schools we support.
We thank you in advance for your generosity.
God Bless You,
Deacon John and Pauline Aliskevicz, Co-Directors Haitian Outreach
We are making a difference!
Haitian Outreach is opening its doors on May 6th at the old St. Bernard's on Water St. Fitchburg. We will be accepting donations from 9am-noon on Saturday mornings. We need volunteers to help us sort, pack and count. We are closed on Holiday weekends.
We have much to share with you about what is happening. Our visit to Haiti in March was another success! Our group of 11 volunteers worked tirelessly in the 88 degree heat to distribute backpacks and take information from the children. We saw 315 children out of 334 in 4 days at 6 schools! We have the best team in the world!
Check our website www.haitianoutreach.net in June for pictures being posted of our trip. We do have a few that live in tent structures, and some live in what they call a " house" , but it isn't what we think of as a house.
We are accepting gently used items for fall fund raiser, which will be a Yard Sale.
We always accept gently used children's & teen's clothing, and school supplies.
St Bernard's Elementary School topped their goal of 18 backpacks. They collected 21 backpacks, 3 bags of food and 100 beannie babies! Many Thanks!
A generous sponsor, Todd, has purchased a portable water filtration system. This system will enable us to ship less water in the future, which means we can ship more goods. Many thanks Todd!
UNO's in Leominster held a fund raiser on May 10th. 20% of the tab went to Haitian Outreach. Thank you UNO's!
Hurricane Matthew Update
The hurricane area in the south of Haiti is still struggling and in great need. We were able to send $4,000.00 in donations and it was put to use to assist the children to continue the school year. We hope to be able to send more to assist in closing up the roof of the building with tarps and wood during the rainy season. If you would like to donate to the hurricane relief fund, please note it on your sponsorship form
Currently Higher Education
Sponsors Who Passed this Year
Sadly, we lost sever sponsors this winter. Jeannette Spokus was one of them. Before she passed she arranged to start a scholarship fund to assist her two students.
We send our deepest sympathies to families of our dear sponsors who have gone to their just reward.
If you are not receiving our e-mails going out from our website let us know.
The roof at St. Marie remains on our project list. The buildings that are only six years old are now deteriorating. This is a big project and educating children always comes first with Haitian Outeach!
Other Projects We Are Considering
There is a computer lab in Lilavois. There are five children to one laptop.
Pray for resources to make these projects happen for the children.
Without all of you we could not do what we do in Haiti. We are making a difference in the lives of thse children! We give them hope for their future. We can't assist every child, and the ones we do touch it impacts the course of their lives forever—"One Child at a Time."
Your generosity and support for this mission to educate children in Haiti is invaluable!
Food for Thought
While we were in Haiti we saw many children who want to be in our program and attend school, if yhou know someone who would like to sponsor a child please call Pauline, Rose, Mary, Paula, Christina or any of our volunteers.
Sincerely sending peace and blessings to all of you,
Deacon John and Pauline Aliskevicz, Co-Directors Haitian Outreach
Our missionary group of 10 made it safely in and out of Haiti mainly thanks to the culmination of prayers that were said for all of us. We saw 304 children in 6 schools in 5 days. We were delayed in Boston leaving and missed our connecting flight to Haiti. But we were able to make up the day at Lalue on Monday—so everything worked out in the end.
Wish List for Haiti
The Sisters have asked us to help them purchase a larger generator. The electricity in Haiti continues to be off more than on and it is a problem. Funds being raised this year will be used to assist the sisters to purchase a new generator.
The roof is still in need of repair in the convent.
The sisters put this program on hold for several reasons. Our Advisory group will consider other options for the use of the funds raised in 2017.
Sponsors Always Needed
We are always in need of new sponsors for the children. We have over 30 unsponsored children at this time for various reasons. [If you are unable to continue to sponsor a child, please let Pauline know.] We understand that life circum-stances change. These children depend on this support to attend school each year in September.
Bring on the College Students!
Many of our students that graduate from High School go on to 2 and 4 year universities in Haiti. We will now ask if the sponsor is interested in continuing to sponsor the child to attend college. The tuition and backpack will work the same way, except students attending college/universities need $500.00 in September. Individual letters will be sent to those sponsors whose students are graduating and hope to attend college. Reaching out to Higher Education in Haiti is Amazing!
The system worked beautifully and was simple to use. We usually ship 15 cases of water for our use. Haiti does not have rubbish pick up so we saved the environment from all that plastic- Hurrah!
St. Bernard's Pack House- Water St. Fitchburg
Presently, we keep our supplies and donations in the Pack House of the closed church. The church has been for sale for 5 years now and sooner or later it will be sold. We pray for someone to purchase the property and renovate the buildings; maybe even build a new space for Haitian Outreach to continue its amazing work for the children of Haiti. A building with heat and running water would be heaven. If you know of anyone who would be able to help with this dilemma, please call Deacon John at 978-618-9323. Remember we are a tax deductible organization.
Clearance Yard Sale
We still have many items remaining from our Yard Sales last year and expect to have a Clearance Sale in order to reduce the surplus. We have been able to donate books to a Prison; Children's books and games to a new teacher at McKay school, and a local day-care. Some Household items went to Mont. Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN). We help to support local charities with items we can't ship to Haiti. Donations were also given to Forward in Health- Gardner.
Thank you to all who work so hard to keep this ministry a float and for the generosity of the good souls whose donations help us help others. Together we are making a difference locally and in Haiti!
What We Are Collecting for 2018
In addition to our school supplies we are also collecting, cans of spam, chicken, tuna, and silver or plastic ware for our schools.
Please Be Sure Your Sponsorship Reaches Us Before July 31st. Principals Meet with Parents/Students Prior To The Start Of The School Year September 2018
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!