December 2014

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

Preparation for the Mission

By Kaitlyn Guzik (Director of Community Development) 

    As part of its 2013-2018 strategic plan, The Haitian Project (THP) set the target for university scholarships for Louverture Cleary School graduates at 125. This makes it possible for THP to give roughly 50% of each graduating class a scholarship. The class of 2014 was the first to see this benchmark met, and its members are already pursuing studies in a wide range of fields including accounting, education, business management, medicine, and law.



    Let Them Play Ball: Maintenance staff, students and Volunteers had the great pleasure of removing the last temporary classrooms from the soccer field. They were constructed in 2010 after the earthquake caused structural damage to the Jean Jaques Dessalines classroom and dormitory building. Betsy Bowman, ’09-‘10 Volunteer and current THP Board Member, commented, “Of course they've been playing soccer on every flat surface of the campus in the intervening years, and it will take some time before the dust bowl back there grows grass again, but this is such a joyful moment! LCS at play is a beautiful sight to behold.”


Cultural Connections

By Mikhaila Moynihan (Associate Director of Development) 

    Memphis is well known for its colorful culture, lively entertainment, and art. As such, it is fitting that for the last four years it has hosted an annual Haitian art auction benefiting The Haitian Project. Over the past four years, the event has produced $35,000 in financial support while also greatly enhancing THP’s Memphis com-munity.


LCS Alumnus: Donald Dulièpre

By Connor Branham (THP Volunteer)

    First in his class at Institut Universitaire Quisqueya-Amerique (INUQUA) in Port-au-Prince, Donald Dulièpre (class of 2010) credits Louverture Cleary School for his success in university. Thanks to a scholarship from The Haitian Project’s Office of External Affairs, Dulièpre will complete his university studies in Business Management this academic year.


Volunteer Alumna: Mary Jo LeGrand

By Tim Scordato

    Mary Jo (Scordato) LeGrand is petite and soft-spoken; however, she has a persuasive spirit. Working with quiet and intentional resolve, LeGrand brings an infectious depth to everything. Former Volunteer and co-worker Elizabeth (O’Connell) Cross said, “She always inserted the ‘why?’ in everything we did – making our work reflective and purposeful.” Her spirituality is genuine and disarming.


A Rock for the Church

By Drew Williams (News Editor)

    When his daughter Rebecca discovered The Haitian Project (THP) through an online search for missionary work, Peter Finney put aside his anxiety — all he knew about Haiti was that it was the poorest country in the western hemisphere and had recently been devastated by an earthquake — and trusted in Rebecca’s plan to Volunteer at Louverture Cleary School (LCS). At that moment, Finney, editor of the Clarion Herald, New Orleans’ Catholic newspaper, had no idea how involved he himself would eventually become in THP.

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A Place of Advent

By Deacon Patrick Moynihan (THP President and Head of LCS)

    The Magi foresaw the world’s entrance into a “moment of coming” with Jesus’ birth. Each year, we revisit that event to remind ourselves to be expectant. Having an advent attitude is critical to being a people of hope. Louverture Cleary is a place of advent. Each year at graduation, our students’ faces are filled with expectation. 


Viewpoints: Amanda Haluga & Fedline Jeune

    My name is Amanda Haluga. I grew up in Groton, CT, where Sacred Heart School and Parish instilled a love for service — and for Haiti — in me at a young age.

    My name is Fedline Jeune. I am thirteen years old and I am in the Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade) class at Louverture Cleary School. I have two brothers and one sister. I am joyful, friendly, and love to learn new things.


Filling and Fulfilling

by HPN Staff

    The Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 to enable Catholic immigrant families to provide mutual support. Today, they are a fraternal society, dedicated to furthering the Church’s social mission through service, charitable giving, and the promotion of Catholic education. In 2013 alone, the Knights provided over 70 million hours of voluntary service and were responsible for awarding more than $170 million in contributions to charity.