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Celebrity Visit(s)


Left: Deacon Moynihan and Michael Brun catch up and discuss the importance of education at LCS. Right: Philo student, Eduardo Massena writes to Pope Francis.

Last week, Lucky Rousseau, one of THP's most enthusiastic local supporters, sponsored the filming of a new promotional video for the Project. Rousseau's food distribution business, TOPCO-Haiti, provides in-kind support to the LCS food program, employs several LCS graduates, and has welcomed Philo (U.S. 13th grade) economics students for a tour of TOPCO's facilities. 
Thank you, Mr. Rousseau for this most recent sign of dedication and faith in THP's mission of education for Haiti! 
The filming coincided with a visit from a rising star on the electronic dance music scene - Michael Brun, son of local THP Board Member, Patrick Brun. Born and raised in Haiti, Michael is another advocate for the importance of education for Haiti.
Also last week, leading up to the all-school Mass in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, rumor had it that Pope Francis was coming to say Mass at LCS. While the rumor was unfounded, the Philo class thought it sounded like a good idea. Led by Philo student Eduardo Massena, the students at LCS have begun a letter-writing campaign to encourage Pope Francis to visit Louverture Cleary School. Please add your prayers to their petitions and contact Kaitlyn Guzik if you would like to help.

The community at LCS wishes you a merry Christmas and many thanks for your continued support of THP! Wednesday updates will resume on January 7th after the Christmas break.

Giving Grace

Fr. Carl Jean (LCS '02) poses the question, "How many of you have a mother?" during his homily on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at LCS. Fr. Carl spoke on Mary's role as Mother and her preservation from sin.

Students, staff, faculty and Volunteers gathered Monday in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. 

The Louverture Cleary Spiritual Committee spent the last week in preparation for the Mass and in preparing the student body for the occasion. Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07) noted,  
All-school Masses are a wonderful opportunity at LCS. They help the studentsto understand the Gospel and how to live as brothers and sisters. Also to recognize God blessing for their free education.

The celebration of the Immaculate Conception is necessary to give them more information about Mary as the Mother of God, and as our mother.
The LCS Spiritual Commitee participate in preparing for Mass by making a Sketch about Conception of Mary according to the history. By that students could have more information about Feast of Immaculate comception of Mary which they could increase their knowledge. 

A Fruitful Encounter


Left: Salesforce.com volunteers, Kim, Heidi, Leah and Stephane during their visit to LCS in November. Right: Assoc Director of Development, Mikhaila Moynihan at work with Salesforce in Providence.

THP continues to make new friends from Salesforce.com. A volunteer group from the San Francisco-based company visited LCS earlier this month during a trip to assist organizations in Haiti which have benefited from in-kind support from Salesforce.

Their CRM platform had been on THP's radar for some time, but Salesforce came particularly to our attention after a serendipitous hallway meeting in January 2013 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Marc Benioff, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Salesforce, and Brian Moynihan, Deacon Patrick Moynihan’s brother and Trustee of the Project, met and discovered that Haiti was of interest to them both: Marc and Saleforce had been supporting Haiti following 2010 earthquake; Brian had been involved in the Project for over 20 years and was one of THP's early board members.

The connection led to a first visit from a group of Salesforce volunteers in April 2013. In addition to touring the campus, the team met with Deacon Moynihan and THP alumnus, Dr. Theony DeshommesTheir trip precipitated additional interest and financial support for the Project, and the more recent visit in November 2014.
In recent months, THP has taken advantage of Salesforce's very generous non-profit pack and pro-bono support, transitioning to the Salesforce platform with great success.
THP is very thankful for the support of Marc and the Salesforce Foundation for providing us with the inputs we need.  And we in turn provide the same to Haiti: civic-minded, service-oriented graduates committed to building a brighter future for Haiti from within.  We are happy to have yet another partner in producing Haiti’s future leaders.

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