Haitian children in school uniforms standing in front of an outdoor pavilion.
With the school expansion, students at the Kobonal Mission School will continue getting a quality Catholic education through ninth grade.

Missions of Hope and Mercy

Thanks to the prayers and compassion of faithful U.S. Catholics, the Kobonal Haiti Mission has been empowered to continue its profound mission of mercy. Father Glenn Meaux, the mission’s co-founder, is grateful to friends like you for enabling his all-Haitian ministry team to extend important outreaches to the poor, including supplying clean water to vulnerable families and providing children in rural Haiti with a quality, Catholic education they would never otherwise receive.

Lifegiving Water in Kobonal

The Kobonal Haiti Mission was able to hire a professional team to drill six new wells and repair five existing wells that will deliver refreshing water to thirsty communities. To date, four of the six wells have been completed and the last two are underway. The wells make use of free-standing hand pumps, and the families in each community have chosen a leader to oversee and perform maintenance on the equipment. Each well has a cement wall around it for security and will be available daily during specific hours of operation.

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The Blessing of A New Well

A Haitian woman holds a bucket on her head as she walks out of a newly built water distribution area, complete with painted walls and a door.
Marguerite’s family is one of 371 families benefiting from this important water project!

One of the people blessed with clean, safe water is Marguerite Faveus, a young mom who has been taking part in the Kobonal Haiti Mission programs since she was a young girl going to the Kobonal Mission School. Now, she is married and has four children of her own, and her family was deeply blessed by the new well built nearby. Marguerite was among many of the beneficiaries who were quick to thank God for providing this blessing. Now the dry season doesn’t bring the same concerns it once did because fresh, clean water is abundant. She is grateful to the many donors who made this blessing possible for poor families in Haiti.

A Vision for the Future

For many years, the Kobonal Mission School has served as a primary school, educating students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Recently, Haiti’s Ministry of Education has issued a requirement that all primary schools must now include secondary classes. After exploring several options, the mission formed a plan to build new classrooms and add one grade level per year, expanding the school to include seventh through ninth grade by the 2025-2026 academic year.

Mission Administrator Bernard “Bingo” Philo-Jacques believes this expansion is critical because it will enable students to continue their quality education without having to walk long distances to attain it. The students will also keep benefiting from the two meals the school offers each day and from the high-quality teachers the mission hires. Bingo dreams of a day when all the teachers are alumni of the school — passionate individuals like Smith Pierre.

Educating the Next Generation

Haitian man stands in front of a classroom white board.
Smith Pierre was himself a student of the Kobonal Haiti Mission School. Today he serves children of the mission by teaching at his alma mater.

When faithful friends like you helped Smith Pierre get an education, his dream of a better life turned into a reality! Today, he can support himself and help his family. In fact, he is now a teacher at the Kobonal Mission School which he attended as a boy. He considers it a joy to be teaching fourth through sixth grade math and says this opportunity has provided him with much more than financial stability. It has enabled Smith to give back to the mission that gave him so much — even helping to support a student at the school!

Smith says he is the man he is today because of supporters of the mission. That’s why he loves being a teacher. It enables him to pass on that same Catholic formation and hope to the next generation.

Building A Civilization of Love

Saint John Paul II once said, “The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with him in the building of the civilization of love.”

There is truth behind this great saint’s conviction unfolding in the communities served by the Kobonal Haiti Mission. In fact, Bingo expressed that the greatest change he has seen since the genesis of this mission is the way the people have grown to love God and their neighbors. When he first arrived, small disputes had to be settled by a judge. Today, there is reconciliation and generosity. When the mission began more than 30 years ago, hardly anyone took their children to receive the sacraments. Recently, there were 700 baptisms and First Communions!

This is why we are so grateful to U.S. Catholics who choose to build up God’s “civilization of love” by generously supporting the Kobonal Haiti Mission. By acting through Cross Catholic Outreach and empowering the Kobonal Haiti Mission to provide water, education and more to poor families, friends of Cross Catholic Outreach are showing the watching world the power the Church has to transform lives — glorifying God in the process!

Mission Administrator Bernard "Bingo" Philo-Jacques, standing proudly with students in the schoolyard, envisions a future where quality education is accessible to all, eliminating the need for long walks. With the support of two daily meals and dedicated teachers, Bingo dreams of a faculty composed of passionate alumni, exemplified by individuals like Smith Pierre (pictured in section above).

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.