Church at work three years after earthquake


By Darren Hercyk

Clotide Joie, 50, sits near a small stand where she sells coffee, peanut butter and other items. She received a USD $500 grant from Catholic Relief Services’ “Ti Bizniz” or Little Business program.

It is now three years since the massive Jan. 12 earthquake shook Haiti and ended so many lives. But that day also launched a wave of compassion and generosity for Haiti from Americans.  Three years on, Catholics in the U.S. should know what is being done in Haiti in their name.
The 2010 quake devastated so many parts of Haitian society. The Catholic Church, which has been a constant in this nation’s troubled history, did not escape. The ruins of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the heart of Port au Prince remain a monument to Haiti’s loss. We at Catholic Relief Services knew from the start that reviving the charitable services of the Church would be fundamental for Haiti’s future.
I want to tell you about two exciting partnerships with the Catholic Church in Haiti, work that not only enriches the lives of Haitians but builds a stronger, more effective Church in Haiti.
The children of Haiti have long looked to Catholic education for their future, but these schools have few resources. The Haitian Church has planned to improve these schools for some time, but it needed to know what was going on in all of the schools: from Port au Prince to humble single-room schools in the country.

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