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St. Vincent de Paul Parish Haiti Mission Project A Call to Charity…A Partnership for Hope
Welcome to Haiti… a Nation in Need!
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere! Haiti’s infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.
Malnutrition is widespread and diarrhea - an easily preventable disease - kills one in five children under the age of five.
Seventy-six percent of Haiti’s nine million people live on less than $2.25 a day.
Fifty percent live on less than $1.00 a day.
Mud cookies - made from dirt, vegetable shortening, and salt have become popular among Haitians desperate to stave off hunger. The cookies sell for around five cents each, compared to 60 cents for two cups of rice.
During a one-month period in 2008 hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike devastated the country. Over 1,000 people were killed and countless others were reported missing and injured.
Haiti, a Call to Charity
What is Charity?
Charity is the heart of the Church’s social doctrine.
Charity is love received and given. It is “grace”. Its source is the wellspring of the Father’s love for the Son, in the Holy Spirit.
Charity is everything for the Church because, as St. John teaches, “God is love” and love is God’s greatest gift to humanity.
All Quotes taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical letter “ Caritas in Veritate ”
Why should we say
to the Call of
A generous man will himself be blessed,
for he shares
with the poor.
Our Faith calls us to!
Our World Needs us to!
In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it, cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family, that is to say, the community of peoples and nations.
Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate
Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? Whatever you did for… the least of my brothers… one of these… … you did for me. Matthew 25:40 Our Savior Expects us to!
Our actions can make a difference!
“ You simply do the thing that is in front of you. Do small things with great love.”
We are all Called to Love the Poor
The Church’s love for the poor is part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.” CCC 2444
Your Opportunity to say “Yes” to a Partnership of Hope between St. Vincent de Paul Parish and…
St Francis of Assisi Parish in… Bombardapolis, Haiti
Meeting Real Needs by …
Educating Children in… Ten Mission Schools-Grades K - 2 and One Central Middle School Grades 4-6
Serving Nutrition meals to over… 1,000 Students daily
Providing Salaries for… Forty Two Teachers: Only $25-$40 per month can support a teacher in Haiti!
… and other desperately need items like: a Portable Generator, Desks and Chairs for the children, Building Materials and School Supplies
God is Calling Us!
An Invitation to our St. Vincent de Paul Family… From the children of Haiti. You can make a difference by…
Praying for the children of Haiti!
Fasting for the children of Haiti!
Giving to the children of Haiti! Your support is needed to help us continue to provide healthy meals to school children attending the elementary schools and middle school sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Bombardopolis and…
Giving to the children of Haiti! … pay the salaries of the forty two teachers working hard to help their students break the cycle of poverty in their lifetimes.
That would be enough to feed all the children attending the St Francis schools and provide salaries for the school’s hard working and caring teachers!!! Imagine if each St. Vincent de Paul family gave just one dollar each month…
That would be enough to feed the children, raise teacher salaries AND purchase needed educational resources and school supplies each month!!! Imagine if every St. Vincent de Paul family gave just $5 per month (about the cost of a Movie Rental…)
Only Our Father in Heaven knows how much GOOD could be accomplished! Imagine if every St. Vincent de Paul family gave just $25 per month…
… Desperately Needed Facilities could be built. Schools, Restrooms and Cafeterias
Clinics supplied with needed medicines and equipment could help fight off illness & disease! Modern Schools could be built to send kids to High School!
If You’re Ready to Help.
“ Let each one give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
“ Let your light shine before others, so that they may see the good works and give glory to the heavenly Father.”