About The Haitian Project

The Haitian Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is a Catholic Mission which supports and operates Louverture Cleary School (LCS), a tuition-free, Catholic, co-educational secondary boarding school for academically talented and motivated students from Haitian families who cannot afford the cost of their children’s education.

Imagine living in a place where...

  • A year's tuition for just one child, in public or private secondary school costs 25-40% of the average person's annual salary.
  • Fewer than 5% of children graduate from high school.
  • 84% of college graduates leave the country.
At Louverture Cleary School...
  • Students receive a Haitian Ministry of Education-approved education tuition-free.
  • 98% of graduates pass the Baccalaureat, Haiti's national exam.
  • Over 90% of graduates are employed or enrolled in university in Haiti.

The Haitian Project was founded in the early 1980's by St. Joseph's Parish in Providence, RI, to provide humanitarian aid and relief to the people of Haiti. Louverture Cleary School began as a response to one of the greatest needs of Haiti: education. Once a school with a handful of students and big dreams for the future, Louverture Cleary School has now grown to feed, house, and educate 350 bright and enthusiastic students from the poorest neighborhoods of Haiti.

In response to their free education, LCS students are active leaders in service to their community. Each day, students can be found cleaning their neighborhood, caring for sick and orphaned children and disabled adults, and challenging the notion that theirs is a country devoid of hope. LCS students receive a top-notch education - a tool that will help them as they seek to rebuild Haiti. The Haitian Project operates by a simple and powerful motto:

"What you receive for free, you must give for free." -- Matthew 10:8