This Circle of Support came together after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed over 250,000 people and left over 1.5 million children orphaned, homeless, without food, water, or medical care and vulnerable to trafficking and abuse. The group, Dominican Sisters and Associates and friends, connected with the House of Presence Mission in Duval Roche, Haiti, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth.
They pledged to raise money for: Medical/Health Care-‘Flower of Life’ Clinic –To expand services with volunteer doctors, nurses and donations of needed medical supplies
Community Water Well- To expand the capacity of the well on the property of the House of Presence, the only clean water available to the village people who are dying of cholera.
Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter-Families and children eat one meal every one to three days.
Community Development-Ongoing funding to continue the “Fle La Vi a” (Flower of Life) Training Institute for local community leaders and potential staff for the orphanage and community outreach projects
Haiti Circle of Support has succeeded in building a new home (Elizabeth’s Place) for 50 orphaned, homeless and vulnerable children and babies. Construction began in July 2010 with donations from grassroots funding efforts, cost of approximately $120,000.
Their present project is Water for Haiti. Through their Water Bottle Initiative they will construct water wells for potable water and an agricultural well that will bring irrigation to the burnt out fields, thus enabling families to grow their own crops. You may want to help with this project.
Besides their fund raising projects, the team is present in Haiti at least twice a year, in winter and summer. Sr. Valorie is a nurse who brings her skills to the clinic. Sr. Jeanne works on community development and plays games with the children, teaching exercises and meditation. Sr. Didi assists in the Flower of Life Training Institute. Jackie, who speaks Creole, brings her language, her charm, and her understanding of the culture. Patt Kenny is the United States contact, getting needed medical supplies, soccer balls, children’s clothing, and whatever else is needed for the mission.
One to One Learning proudly honors the Haiti Circle of Support with the 2016 Founder’s Award for embodying the spirit of Mother Catherine Antoninus Thorpe through their response to the cry of Haiti through presence and fundraising.