St. Anthony Haiti Committee
Since 1994, St. Anthony of Padua Parish has supported the school of Our Lady of the Nativity Parish in Gros Marin, Haiti. The school provides primary and secondary education for over 350 students, in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Donations from last year were vital in providing for the education of over 350 students and providing them a daily lunch which is usually the only meal they receive. Students were supplied new textbooks, school supplies and teaching materials. Also major repairs were made at school in the rest room facilities, the playground security and new shutters to keep out the rain.
While the school news is positive, the country of Haiti is continuing to experience problems that negatively impact the school. Continued unrest has caused the cost of living to increase causing school operating costs to increase. In addition, the salaries of the teachers are insufficient, and the parents are less able to pay the small fee they pay for school because of the increased food prices. On top of this, Haiti is experiencing a serious drought and the COVID-19 virus which has temporarily closed the school.
The parish Haiti Committee is currently collecting donations to support the school and to help with the current hunger problem brought on by the severe drought Haiti is experiencing. Our target goal this year is $60,000.
If you would like to support our sister parish school please send your contributions to:
The Haiti Committee
c/o Pat McGee
3908 Malcolm Court
Annandale, VA 22003
Your check should be made out to St. Anthony of Padua Parish and on the memo line write Haiti School.
For more information contact Ann Marie or Norman Hicks 703-842-3124 or Pat McGee at 703-336-2483 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for more of our parishioners to join the committee, please let us know if you are interested.