SVdP Parish Haiti Presentation


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  • Opening Slide
  • Invite the folks to take a journey with us… Bonjou and welcome to Haiti!
  • Flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince (capitol) Commuter flight from Port-au- Prince to Mole St. Nicholas Top right corner landing strip in Mole – brush runway to clear of goats, chickens and people!
  • Our Lord and His Church calls us to have a “Preference for the Poor” Jesus modeled this for us as he reached out to the poor, sick, orphans. He modeled this for us on Holy Thursday before His Passion – He washed His friends feet to give us a model to follow! Refer to above slide and scripture
  • Explain that the kids receive one meal of rice and beans at school each day, and if fortunate a meal at home. This is a cook hut at one of the schools in the mountains outside of Bombard.
  • Introduce Mission Parishes visited… St. Francis in Bombard St. George in Bassin-Bleu
  • We are all called through our baptism to a vocation of Love or Charity… Our actions do make a difference… Mother Teresa quote… + Possible witness story here….
  • Review Catechism of the Catholic Church 2444… Everything we have really belongs to the Lord and thus should be justly shared with the poor. To give of our extra is benevolence or an act of kindness. To give of what we need is charity! Ex. The woman who gave her last coin.
  • Explain location… Caribbean, just south of Florida keys
  • Pray for their future and faith. Pray for those suffering from hunger, illness, orphans… Pray to ask God how He desires you to help!
  • Fast in an effort to connect yourself more fully to the poor and hungry. Fast to gain a greater understanding of how God desires us to become “poor in spirit” Fast and gift the money saved from pop, food, cable TV, etc to the poor!
  • Adopt a “Sparing – Sharing” life style! What can I spare in my daily life that is simply luxury and convenience and self gratification??? What can I then share with the poor because of a more sparing lifestyle?
  • Adopt a “Sparing – Sharing” life style! What can I spare in my daily life that is simply luxury and convenience and self gratification??? What can I then share with the poor because of a more sparing lifestyle?
  • Need New photo Here!
  • This school in Bassin-Bleu, St. George Parish, needs classrooms finished on the upper level so that the kids can continue school. Currently, the highest grade is equivalent to our sophomores. For less than $5000 per classroom, the kids can continue their education!
  • SVdP Parish Haiti Presentation

    1. 1. St. Vincent de Paul Parish Haiti Mission Project A Call to Charity…A Partnership for Hope
    2. 2. Welcome to Haiti… a Nation in Need!
    3. 3. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere! Haiti’s infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.
    4. 4. <ul><li>Malnutrition is widespread and diarrhea - an easily preventable disease - kills one in five children under the age of five. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Seventy-six percent of Haiti’s nine million people live on less than $2.25 a day. </li></ul>Fifty percent live on less than $1.00 a day.
    6. 6. 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.
    7. 7. 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.
    8. 8. Haiti, a Call to Charity
    9. 9. <ul><li>What is Charity? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Charity is the heart of the Church’s social doctrine.
    11. 11. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Charity is everything for the Church because, as St. John teaches, “God is love” and love is God’s greatest gift to humanity. </li></ul>All Quotes taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical letter “ Caritas in Veritate ”
    13. 13. <ul><li>Why should we say </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yes” </li></ul><ul><li>to the Call of </li></ul><ul><li>Charity? </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>A generous man will himself be blessed, </li></ul><ul><li>for he shares </li></ul><ul><li>his food </li></ul><ul><li>with the poor. </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 22:9 </li></ul>Our Faith calls us to!
    15. 15. Our World Needs us to! <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li> Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate </li></ul>
    16. 16. 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!
    17. 17. Our actions can make a difference! <ul><li>“ You simply do the thing that is in front of you. Do small things with great love.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Theresa </li></ul>
    18. 18. We are all Called to Love the Poor <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    19. 19. Your Opportunity to say “Yes” to a Partnership of Hope between St. Vincent de Paul Parish and…
    20. 20. St Francis of Assisi Parish in… Bombardapolis, Haiti
    21. 21. <ul><li>Meeting Real Needs by … </li></ul>
    22. 22. Educating Children in… Ten Mission Schools-Grades K - 2 and One Central Middle School Grades 4-6
    23. 23. Serving Nutrition meals to over… 1,000 Students daily
    24. 24. Providing Salaries for… Forty Two Teachers: Only $25-$40 per month can support a teacher in Haiti!
    25. 25. … and other desperately need items like: a Portable Generator, Desks and Chairs for the children, Building Materials and School Supplies
    26. 26. God is Calling Us!
    27. 27. An Invitation to our St. Vincent de Paul Family… From the children of Haiti. You can make a difference by…
    28. 28. Praying for the children of Haiti!
    29. 29. Fasting for the children of Haiti!
    30. 30. 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…
    31. 31. 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.
    32. 32. 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…
    33. 33. 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…)
    34. 34. 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…
    35. 35. … Desperately Needed Facilities could be built. Schools, Restrooms and Cafeterias
    36. 36. Clinics supplied with needed medicines and equipment could help fight off illness & disease! Modern Schools could be built to send kids to High School!
    37. 37. If You’re Ready to Help. <ul><li>“ Let each one give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 9:7 </li></ul>
    38. 38. <ul><li>“ Let your light shine before others, so that they may see the good works and give glory to the heavenly Father.” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 5:16 </li></ul>
    39. 39. The Children of Haiti… Thank you!