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This Past Year

A Christmas Message 2018

Here we are again. Thanksgiving is over, and we are on our way to Christmas. Now is the time to reflect on the blessings we have received this past year and to look on what our donations to ABC for Haiti have done.
Our focus has changed this past year from clean water to education. One of the items on our list was to start a trade school for welding. However, I am happy to announce there was no sense in inventing the wheel. We found a 2-year trade school in the area that had training in not only welding but auto mechanics and carpentry. With Father Filho’s recommendation we sent 9 men to the school. 3 from the parish and 2 from each of the chapels. The cost? Only $200 each. We couldn’t have set up one trade for that cost.
ABC for Haiti continues to provide teacher and administration salaries for the parish school. In addition, a new school started at the Chapel of Saint Gabriel of Cherival. Here we are also helping with teacher salaries. We also helped purchase blackboards and desks for the new school as well as a new outhouse facility for the children. Special donations provided the funds for Father Fitho to purchase land the school is located on, so he could apply for a grant to build a school building. Right now, they have a wooden framed, open walled structure with a roof we provided a couple of years ago.
We also continue to provide Father with a $1000 per month stipend to operate the parish and we provide tuition assistance for 50 children.
ABC for Haiti purchases products in Haiti for all our projects. We constantly keep in mind keeping Haitians employed, stimulating their economy.
We have been successful in keeping 95% or better of your dollar to helping Haiti. There is still much to be done along with maintaining current standards which is why it is so important for you to reflect on your situation and if you can please consider increasing your donation or sending us a onetime donation.

May God continue to Bless You and may you continue sharing with those in need.

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all of a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

This has been another successful year thanks to your generous donations and unwavering support. We reduced our expenses by sending funds on a quarterly basis instead of monthly. Those funds covered expenses for the parish, school tuition, teacher & school staff salaries, and the salary for the sewing school instructor.

We are very excited about our end of year projects.  For the first time in our 7 year history we are able to not only help the parish but also all three of Father’s chapels. There is a trade school in Hinche that teaches welding, mechanics, and cabinet making.

Learning auto mechanics

We will sponsor 9 people; 3 from the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2 each from LaBeque, Cherival and Cour Cadichon. At $200 per person per year for a two year program you can’t beat the price. We will get a report on progress of the students at the end of year one. We will also be increasing our monthly stipend to provide for a fair wage for the teachers at LaBeque and for the teachers at the new school at Cherival.

You might recall 2 years ago the chapel at Cherival had a stick frame for the beginning of their church and school. Cherival prior to tin roof

We were able to provide a tin roof to give them some protection. We are happy to say the people of Cherival started an elementary school in the same structure. Conditions are primitive to be sure. To make things a little more school like we will be providing desks, blackboards and the all important outhouse.

School children at Cherival

All this is made possible because of your generosity. There are still a couple of weeks left in this year to make that last minute contribution. Don’t hesitate – Donate today. https://abcforhaiti.org/donate/

Merry Christmas from our families to yours!

Father Nova says “Thank You”

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Father Nova during his visit to All Saints Catholic Church, Mesa

 

Father Nova Garcon of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sapaterre, Haiti says “Thank You”.

During the weekend of January 9 and 10 Father Nova had the opportunity to concelebrate Mass at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ.  At the end of Mass Father expressed his thanks to Father Caruso, the parish, and ABC for Haiti and to all who support our work in Haiti, specifically his parish of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Listen by clicking on the arrow and discover what “Thank You” in Haiti means:

 

May God continue to Bless you abundantly

Art

 

Back Home !

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Back home in Haiti! I say back home because this is my 5th trip to Sapaterre and each time I visit it becomes more like home away from home.

We, myself, Doug and Mike arrived in Port Au Prince on Feb 21 on schedule, located Fr. Nova, pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sapaterre and our translator, guide, and good friend Michel Jean.  Michel is from Jacmel to the south and makes his living as a tour guide. We loaded our bags in the back of the truck and headed to Sapaterre.  One of the new things upon arrival at the airport was the institution of a new “Tourist Tax” of $10 US.  The drive took about 2 ½ hours.  The parish is located about 5 KM south of the major town of Hinche which also happens to be the Diocesan center for the Catholic Church in that area of the country known as the Central Plateau.  Just to give a little background Our Lady of the Rosary is the poorest of the parishes in this Diocese.

Upon our arrival lunch was ready.  As we walked into the pastor’s rectory we were greeted with decorations and signs welcoming us to the parish. After a hearty meal of beans and rice, chicken, fried bananas, and potato, carrot, and beet salad we retired to one of the large mango trees to relax from our long journey.  Fr. Nova informed us he had to go out on business and would join up with us in time for the evening meal. 

After a little relaxation and a nice cold Prestige (the local international award winning Haitian beer), I decided to take Doug and Mike to meet my Haitian friends across the street from the parish.  Immediately as we walked along the path people began to recognize me and we were instantly welcomed to their homes where we introduced Doug and Mike.  I am always happy to see them and always made to feel at home.  Even though I haven’t learned the language yet, the smiles and hearty handshakes from everyone say it all!  Michel of course was with us and we were able to converse through him.

After a couple hours of visiting we headed back to the rectory to wind down from the long day under the mango tree, enjoyed a light evening meal with father and were informed we would be attending Mass at St. Peter’s parish – it was their feast day, The Chair of St. Peter, which is always a treat.  I was happy Doug and Mike would have an opportunity to experience a Patron Feast Day, Haitian style. 

To see more photos of our welcome, visit our photo page.

Art

 

A New Year begins and an Old Year is out

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A New Year begins and an Old Year is out!

As a New Year begins and an Old Year is out, we would like to take just a moment to once again thank all of you who provided financial and prayerful support for another successful year.  We still have a long way to go and we hope and pray 2015 will be a year of growth; with your help and with the help of new friends.

Just a quick rundown of the success we had last year.

            Not only were we able to continue with providing Fr. Nova with his monthly stipend to support the parish, we were able to increase his stipend to assist him in bringing his grossly underpaid teaching staff to a respectable level and then again later in the year we were able to again increase his stipend to bring his teaching staff up to the local monthly standard salary and to provide that salary all year long.

            We added 14 children to the tuition program, bringing the total up to 40.

            The trade school for sewing and cooking that was started has been successful and I look forward to meeting the graduating class when I visit in February.

            In addition, we were able to supply funds to build a wash closet (restrooms) for the parish school which accommodates 4 student stalls and 2 stalls for the teachers and a wash station to maintain proper hygiene.

            We were also able to once again provide for a Christmas Party for the children.

            One sad note, we had to cancel the college tuition program – it was above our means to keep up with, maybe someday with a little more growth we can bring this back.

I suppose we can consider year 2014, the year of Education!

We were also able to maintain our goal of a minimum of 95% of your donations going directly to support the people of Our Lady of the Rosary, all this in spite of additional rules changes in the banking system that increased our cost.  Instead of being able to send a check once a month to a bank in New York and onto Haiti for a fairly low cost, we can no longer send checks and must do wire transfers.  In order to do that we had to upgrade our checking account adding a fee we didn’t have over the past 4 years and the wire fees and Fonkoze Bank minimum fees which increased the cost of transferring money each month significantly.  We are working with our bank to at least waive their monthly fee.  I’m sure you wouldn’t think it’s very much but every dollar saved on admin fees is available to help those in need.

I’ve bent your ear long enough.  Keep up the good work, keep those donations coming and don’t forget to tell your friends about us.  And – lest I forget you can now follow us on facebook and twitter, so go to our home page, click on F and T and like our facebook page to receive updates and on twitter, include ABC for Haiti as someone you follow.

I pray the Good Lord showers abundant blessings upon you for the good you are doing for those in need.

Art

A Very Blessed Christmas

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Jesus the Christ –  Savior of the World

As we patiently and thoughtfully await the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord all of us at Action By Christians for Haiti in concert with Fr. Nova of Our Lady of the Rosary and his people in Haiti, take this time to wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and to once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous support this past year.

As I sit here in the White Mountains of Arizona, a gentle snow is falling, the Christmas tree is lit and the manger scene is on display under the tree – reminding us of the real reason of Christmas in the Christian Calendar.  As I look upon the manger I see shepherds and wise men bringing gifts to the Christ Child. I see shepherds giving the gift of their lowliness and service, the wise men bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, precious, expensive, gifts along with their adoration and service too.  He came to save all of us the lowly as well as those who have much.  Let us look upon these shepherds and wise men and give to Him, our Incarnate God, gifts from His Blessings to us.

As always you are in our prayers and will be remembered especially during Mass on Christmas Day.  May God continue to Bless you and your family abundantly!

Merry Christmas!

Art, Bea, Bernie, Pattie, Pat, Marianne, Elaine, Carol, Eric, Chris, and Mark