March 2010

 

You can find Louverture Cleary’s main gate half way down Santo 5. Here, people come and go, bringing things in and taking them out. Some neighbors enter to sell their home-cooked snacks. Other visitors may be coming in to look for a job opportunity or for a quick basketball/soccer game, or just a seat to watch it all. All sorts of people come and go; no one is a stranger when he or she leaves.

 

We Celebrate Parishes

We receive donations across the U.S. from almost 50 parishes every year.  This year, we have received gifts from more than 14 parishes already! We especially want to recognize All Saints and Madeleine (Portland OR), St. Bernard's (North Kingstown RI), St. Joseph’s (Newport RI) St. Luke (Shoreline WA) as well as Queen of All Saints and St. John Berchmans (Chicago IL) for quickly & generously responding with second collections and parish fundraisers.

 

Patrick Brun

THP Board Chair Patrick Brun securing the door to the National Cathedral

 

 

Phil Aaronson picking up Volunteer John DiTillo ('08 - '09 and 2010) at the Santo Domingo airport

A month after the earthquake, John DiTillo (’08-’09 THP Volunteer) walked into baggage claim at the Santo Domingo, DR airport.  He brushed the sleep off from his journey and peered around for his connection. A smile of relief stretched across his face as he locked eyes with a short, amiable man holding a sign with his name on it.

 

 

Volunteer Mary DeAgostino (far left) accompanies Jules Jean-Anold (in green) at St. Francis de Sales Hospitalin Port-au-Prince

My final year at Notre Dame was a whirlwind of medical school applications and interviews, thesis research and writing, leading campus clubs and planning activities, working as a teaching assistant, as well as studying for science classes. When I achieved admission into medical school last April, I began to reflect on the preceding four years and the strengths I had gained from my myriad of activities. Suddenly, immediately entering medical school for four more years of study did not seem like a great way to share my gifts with others.

 

 

Volunteer Mary DeAgostino (far left) accompanies Jules Jean-Anold (in green) at St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince

We are all human beings and share the same planet. Even if we are black or white and live in different places, by essence we are all equals. Since we are all human, there should be a mutual relationship among us. Moreover, each of us should know well one’s fellow. Therefore, I am pleased to introduce myself to you.

 

Patrick Moynihan

He left Haiti on Monday, the day before the earthquake, for a routine trip to the U.S., and returned Friday, 100 years later. It was just chance that THP’s President and community leader happened to be in the U.S. and away from his home in Haiti when the earthquake happened. He stated, “Not having undergone the shock has made it easier to lead those who did forward. But, I have experienced enough aftershocks to hate those like the devil.”

 

All in the community rejoiced when Patrick was back on Haitian soil bringing energy, much needed resources and a renewed spirit. As one of our supporters put it, “How beautiful on the mountain top are the feet of those who bring the good news.” In addition to his normal duties heading the school, Patrick has also been playing a key role since the earthquake helping the local Church, networking NGOs and assisting medical teams involved in the relief efforts. Updates from the school and his journey can be viewed at www.haitianproject.org. On the Home page, please scroll down and click on the Earthquake Updates links.     

LCS Alum: Théony Deshommes

The earthquake caused hundreds of thousands of injuries, and long lines of people stood outside the Missionaries of Charity Hospital and Orphanage as the Sisters tried to help as many injured as they could. Like most caregivers in Haiti at the time, their resources were running low; they had been getting little sleep and were short on medical help.  Fortunately, from among its 15 graduates in medical school, LCS was able to send Théony Deshommes [LCS ’03]. Théony is far enough advanced in his medical studies to be serving as a doctor and has been working around the clock to save lives and heal the injured all over Port-au-Prince, from the Sisters’ orphanage to Food For The Poor’s medical clinic. 

Students

Nou Pare Pou Rebati Ayiti, e ou? – “We are ready to Rebuild Haiti, and you?” – had been posted prominently on campus for all to read long before the ground shook on January 12th. When not advancing their studies, Louverturians are translating for doctors with the Memphis Medical Mission or at St. Francis De Sales Hospital or the Missionaries of Charity.  They have intensified their efforts with the Timoun Program, which provides hot lunch and structured activities to children, and continue their cleaning on Route National 3 and now in the yards of neighbors, clearing rubble so rebuilding can begin. Most importantly, they continue to build themselves and will one day become one of the hundreds of graduates, like Théony Deshommes, who now lead the call to rebuild Haiti.

 

Christina Crow helps OEA Director Minel Lofficial stock up supplies in Louverture Cleary School's kitchen.

We often marvel at how The Haitian Project continually draws out the unique and oftentimes hidden skills of those involved. When people meet Christina Crow they first notice her tall, steady stance and her quietly calm disposition.  After working with her, though, one quickly finds out that Christina is intensely driven and not shy about filling necessary, and sometimes unglamorous, leadership positions.