September 2014

Newsletter issue: 
September 2014
News item date: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Season of Promise

by Obed Gilles (LCS '09 and Assistant Principal of LCS) and Rachel Thelen (THP Second-year Volunteer)

      Even before the gates of The Haitian Project’s (THP) Louverture Cleary School (LCS) opened on Sept 7th, the campus was abuzz with excitement and preparations for a great start to this academic year. As Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP and Head of LCS, commented, “The proof of God's support and the validity of our work is the fruit of our mission—which is always impressive. The start of new school year is like the advent of a new growing season promising another bountiful harvest. It is also a joyfully noisy time.”

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Highlights

A Night for Catholic Education Boylan Catholic High School hosted The Haitian Project’s 13th Annual Big Get Together on Saturday, Sept 6th. THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan presented a Louverturian Award to Fr. Jerome Koutnik of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Crystal Lake, IL for his unfailing enthusiasm for THP’s mission. Deacon Moynihan commented, “Nobody advocates for THP with more gusto than Fr. Koutnik.” [Photo page 4]. Deacon Moynihan and Boylan teacher and THP supporter Jimmy Sartino spoke on the importance of Catholic education and of THP’s strategic plans to build a second LCS in a Haiti’s newest diocese. 

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A Lifetime Commitment to Service

by Drew Williams

      Dr. Alice Maier heard the call to make change in the world decades before Louverture Cleary School opened its halls to talented Haitian children, but it is no surprise she ended up a supporter of THP. She seemed headed that way from her youth. 

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A Sound Investment

by Kaitlyn Guzik (director of Community Development)

      Patricia Christelle Alexandre (LCS ‘12) is at the top of her class at l’Université de Notre Dame d’Haïti’s (UNDH) medical school – for the second year running. Alexandre credits her years at The Haitian Project’s (THP) Louverture Cleary School (LCS) for giving her the tools to excel as she prepares to serve her country as a doctor.

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Transitive Property of Love

by Emily Marquet (THP Volunteer 2011-2013) 

      Teaching math to 8th graders in their third language truly takes a master teacher.

      Meghan Gregus is a master teacher and The Haitian Project (THP) was fortunate in securing her services in 2012-2013. As her fellow Volunteer, Amanda Gaal noted, Gregus’ “commitment to education was clear in every lesson she taught and permeated into every activity she was a part of.”


LCS Receives Top Ranking in Haiti

by HPN Staff

      Each year in Haiti, Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade), Rheto (12th grade), and Philo (senior +1) classes spend three days taking national exams.  The final two years are referred to as Baccalaureate I and II. Passing the test is the only way to proceed to the next level of education. LCS has a historical pass rate of 98% on the exams, earning the school a reputation for excellence in Haiti.

      In 2014, 100% of the Philo class passed BAC II, and two Rheto students were named national laureates for their exceptional scores on the BAC I exam, adding another year of excellent results to the school’s history. 

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Big Get Together Spotlight

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Volunteer View

by Kristin Soukup (Lead Volunteer)

      After weeks of training and preparation, the 2014-2015 Volunteers have settled in to the routine of nights under mosquito nets and long days of work. First-year Volunteers Connor Branham, Amanda Haluga and Michelle Paquette have embraced the challenges of life at LCS. The recent graduates join two second-year Volunteers, Rachel Thelen (Saint Scholastica, ’13) and me, Kristin Soukup (University of Notre Dame, ’13). 

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Treasure for THP

by HPN Staff

      In 2000, the growing relationship between The Haitian Project and Madeleine Parish (Archdiocese of Portland, OR) manifested a small bake sale by the students of Madeleine School, the profits of which went to THP’s Louverture Cleary School (LCS). Soon, cookies became clothes and truffles turned into toys as the strengthened bond yielded a garage sale worth tens of thousands of dollars in support. In its 13th year, the Madeleine Parish Garage sale set a new record, raising over $30,000. 

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