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Happy Birthday, LCS!

The main decoration at the party, in addition to the multitudes of balloons, was the “Happy 28th, LCS!” banner reading in French, “Une ecole pour tous pour un demain meillure,” which in English translates to, “A school for all for a better tomorrow.”

In 1987, The Haitian Project's Louverture Cleary School opened it's doors for the first time to just 30 students. Last week, 360 students, the Staff and Volunteers celebrated Louverture Cleary's 28th birthday.  It was a celebration of just how far the Project has come, and also of our exciting plans for the future.

Rheto (U.S. Senior) student Christie St. Croix enjoyed being able to celebrate with her classmates:

It was great to celebrate the birthday of LCS together. At LCS, our mission is to rebuild Haiti. We should celebrate that and keep that goal on everyone’s mind all the time. Our mission is a part of us and we want it to be a part of everything we do, in the hard work and in the fun.

The day was filled with music, laughter and joy as students cheered for each other in a variety of events. Students participated in games like sack races and musical chairs, and presentations of song, dance, speeches and poetry.

THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan reflected on the day:

THP and LCS have proven that God and human goodness can sustain community ,and that community can perpetually achieve its mission.

Thank you for being a part of the THP Community!


Left: Christy Saint Croix fulfills her duty as MC as she introduces the dancers from theKoukouy Sen Klè early childhood program. Right: Jean Roody Georges delivers a passionate speech about Louverture Cleary's past and future.


Unexpected Connections


Last September, The Haitian Project began implementing the Salesforce.com platform in our U.S. offices. As the Project has grown and works towards a second school in 2018, so has our need for a program that would allow us to continue to maintain a personal relationship with an ever growing community.  

Salesforce was the solution.  Even though Salesforce is the leading client information and relationship management platform used by major companies like GE and Bank of America, The Haitian Project received the program free through the Salesforce Foundation.  The Foundation has been very supportive of our mission in other ways as well, even makingtwo visits to LCS.  Currently, we are finishing up a pro-bono consulting session provided by the Foundation.Last Thursday, Salesforce held a conference in Boston to connect Salesforce users in the New England area. Along with providing access to Salesforce Experts and invaluable information on future tools for nonprofits, appearances were made by New England favorites such as the Dropkick Murphys and the New England Patriot's very own quarterback Tom Brady. Our staff was able to connect with Salesforce professionals to learn tricks of the trade and glean information on using the cloud technology more efficiently.


In the themes presented by the keynote speakers, we found that Salesforce and THP unexpectedly share a fundamental principle: a commitment to authentic engagement with our community.  Salesforce is a tool designed to enable organizations to have deeper and more meaningful relationships with their communities.  That is what THP has always strived to do, and a big part of why many of our benefactors have remained connected to THP for well over a decade. 




Chemen la Kwa

LCS students enact a living Stations of the Cross (Chemen la Kwa) Tuesday night. The fourth station is pictured above: Christ meets his mother, Mary.

In honor of Holy Week, the students in the Catholic and drama committees staged a living Chemen la Kwa (Stations of the Cross). Principal Marjorie Mombrun ('07) and Second Year Volunteer Kristin Soukup advised the students throughout the preparations and final performance. As an alumna and long-time staff member, this is a familiar and fruitful time for Mme Mombrun:

Our display of The Way of the Cross is something we do at LCS during the Lenten season to remind ourselves about Jesus’ Passion and how he suffered for us. Station by station we can understand what He went through and reflect on what it means for us. We remember how much God loves us and how he sent his Son so that we might be saved, and we think about what we can do as Christians to return that love.

On a daily basis, Mombrun and Soukup share the responsibility of leading morning and evening prayer for the community of Volunteers and staff. As Lent draws to a close, Soukup offers her perspective on this pillar of the Faith:

Prayer is fundamental to our life at LCS. The first thing we do as a community each morning is gather for prayer, before the school day and our work begins. In order to serve God through our work, we must be first rooted in a life of prayer and our relationship with Christ. As the Lenten season calls us to increase our prayer, we become more rooted in Christ and nourished by His Word. This enables us to better recognize God's presence in our life each day and continually offer our work as a prayer.

We hope you will remember The Haitian Project and the community at Louverture Cleary School in your prayers this week, as you are in ours. Thank you for your continued support of education in Haiti.


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