The Haitian Project was founded in the early 1980s 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).
Association of the Lay Faithful
History was made for THP in June 2010 when, after a long and prayer filled discernment process, we became an Association of the Lay Faithful.
Marked by our charism of work and spiritual conversion, THP received formal recognition as a religious community under the Diocese of Providence, RI.
“It was amazing to see what we always knew and always manifested to be overtly recognized by Bishop Tobin, and the Diocese of Providence who have been supportive in our ministry for more than 25 years,” says Deacon Patrick Moynihan, THP President.