Kids Supporting Kids


Left: Deacon Moynihan distributes Holy Communion at Our Lady of Sorrows School during the all-school Mass on Tuesday. The OLS annual Read-A-Thon event has raised over $16,600 for THP and its Louverture Cleary School since 2012. Right: Since 2005, students at Bishop Ireton High School have dedicated their Winter Ball as an occasion to raise funds for THP. This year's Ball raised over $12,000 for BI's sister school, Louverture Cleary.

Despite the debilitating effects of this year's harsh winter, life goes on at LCS, and so do our expenses. Fortunately, in the first quarter of the year, some of THP's youngest supporters are making a tremendous impact. 

Earlier this year, the students at Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA) (Louverture Cleary's sister school) held their annual Winter Ball - a non-prom at which students forgo buying new clothes or an expensive dinner and give the money they would have otherwise spent to THP. This year's event raised over $12,000 for the Project's mission of Catholic education for children in Haiti. 

Our Lady of Sorrows School (Farmington, MI) will hold their 4th annual Read A Thon to benefit THP during the third week in March. The community at OLS named THP as the beneficiary of the school's annual Read-A-Thon in 2012. With the enthusiasm of the kids, and the support of event costs by the Knights of Columbus St. Francis Council and the Parent-Teacher Guild, the community has raised over $16,600 for THP in just three years. Deacon Moynihan preached at OLS's all-school Mass this week to thank the children for their continued work on behalf of THP's Louverture Cleary School.

Yesterday, I had the wonderful privilege to thank the school children of Our Lady of Sorrows School. I gave an interrogative homily.

I was so impressed with the answers of the children--I almost lost my place in the homily.  It is amazing how wonderful Catholic education is when you see it so clearly manifested in children who speak our Faith so authentically. If all the world was populated with 1st to 8th graders!

Please consider what you can do to help us start the year strong. Visit haitianproject.org/donate.htm for ways to provide direct support, download this flyer for ideas on how to get your school involved, or simply help us spread the good word by passing this update along to a friend.



As Lent Begins

Deacon Moynihan speaks to Providence College Accounting and Finance students on the importance of solidarity and subsidiarity in service and the need for business-minded Volunteers at Louverture Cleary School.

While schools in Haiti break this week for Carnaval, THP President, Volunteers and staff are hard at work spreading the good work about the Project in preparation for the building of a second school in the next three to five years. Last night, Providence College welcomed Deacon Moynihan to speak to students in the business school on the great need for business-minded Volunteers at LCS.

Today, thanks to the generosity of former THP board member Msgr. William McCaffrey, St. Margaret Parish in Rumford, RI is in their ninth year of dedicating their Ash Wednesday collection to The Haitian Project. Deacon Moynihan assisted and preached at today's Masses.

I think it's exceptionally important to remember that the requirement for Almsgiving is not satisfied by our regular giving from our earnings or by buying free trade coffee. It requires participation in the widow's might.

Therefore, Almsgiving requires making a sacrifice and giving what is gleaned from that sacrifice to someone who is in great need. For example, one might give up going to the movies for 40 days, and give the money not spent from that to The Haitian Project or another charity helping the marginalized.

-Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP & Head of LCS


Supporting Institutions in Haiti

Many, if not all, of Haiti's challenges stem from a lack of social institutions, including a well-functioning government, a ubiquitous public school system, and even the most fundamental unit of society -- families. THP is proud that graduates of Louverture Cleary school marry and found nuclear families at a rate far above the national trend. In addition to educating LCS studentsabout the value of monogamous families, the older students are prepared in a special way by their responsibilities as "Guides" in their terminal year.

Nesly Pierre (LCS '05) puts it this way:

Families are the base of a society. Before we go to school, education starts at home. We are a strong family at LCS. When I was in Philo [U.S. 13th grade], I had to behave like a parent -- love the younger students, and even be hard on them when necessary. Now, I do the same thing as a good husband and father.

THP In the News:

In response to the high cost of fuel, unpaid teachers' salaries and, ultimately, the government's failure to hold elections, public transportation strikes and demonstrations brought business and productivity in Port au Prince to a halt earlier this week. [Louverture Cleary kept its doors open with dedicated staff and older students serving as substitutes for professors who were unable to get to campus].

To support the development of Haiti's social institutions, Deacon Moynihan recently proposed a plan that would allow foreign aid to have a lasting, long-term impact helping Haiti to develop rule of law, a sound infrastructure and public educational system. Deacon Moynihan comments:

Unfortunately, President Clinton and Denis O’Brien influenced the Martelly administration to pay more attention to Haiti being open for business than making sure that government does the business of government -- led to lots of PR, but not much improvement in terms of institutional government and the current failure to hold elections. The business that Haiti needs to be concerned about most is successful government.

Deacon Moynihan will be in Washington, D.C. to meet with several U.S. senators in support of the plan later this week. 


THP on the Town:

Former THP Board Member and current CEO of Bank of America, Brian Moynihan will be speaking in Providence this week as a part of the Darrell West Lecture Series on Religion and Politics. Follow this link for more information.

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