An Evening That Will Transform Lives

Join us to learn more about the Kobonal Haiti Mission and its school. The Mission focuses on meeting the material and spiritual needs of the poor and it’s holistic approach strengthens families and produces lasting, positive change!

Friday, May 20, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Matthew Niedzielski

The Gospel in Action

The Kobonal Haiti Mission meets poor families’ immediate needs by providing food, shelter, water and medical assistance, but the ministry also works to create greater self-sufficiency in poor communities through education, agriculture and microfinance initiatives. Every program at Kobonal is infused with the Gospel and prayer, bringing villagers together to hear the Word and receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Learn more about the Kobonal Haiti Mission school through these photos.

Special Guest Speakers

Jim Cavnar

President, Cross Catholic Outreach

Jim Cavnar and a small group of colleagues launched Cross Catholic Outreach to support parishes and ministries that directly serve the world’s poor in their own communities. Jim’s career spans more than four decades in ministry management and leadership. Since its conception two decades ago, Cross Catholic Outreach has grown from a fledgling enterprise to a Vatican-endorsed charity in dozens of countries.

Michele Sagarino

Vice President of Development, Cross Catholic Outreach

Michele Sagarino has served various charitable organizations through fundraising, and she began contracting with Cross Catholic Outreach in 2004. Today, as VP of development, she leads a staff of 135 people to pursue long-term relationships with benefactors, connecting donors to the missions that God has placed on their hearts.

Project Information

Cross Catholic Outreach is working with Fr. Glenn Meaux and the Kobonal Haiti Mission to relieve poverty and bring economic empowerment and spiritual transformation to the poorest of the poor in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

When Fr. Meaux arrived in the small village of Kobonal in 1989, it was entrenched in material and spiritual poverty. He knew that the needs of this impoverished community could not be met just with a plate of food or a safe house — Kobonal’s families needed total life transformation.

This transformation began with education. Unfortunately, free education is nonexistent in Haiti. Most decent schools are privately operated, require expensive tuition and impose dress codes that require parents to purchase uniforms, making access virtually impossible for the very poor.

Even the public schools require children to attend with shoes, uniforms and school supplies. These hurdles to an education can easily create a sense of desperation in parents and contribute to the hopelessness of children.

Kobonal Mission Impact

Cross Catholic Outreach is helping Fr. Meaux establish hope in Kobonal through its support of the Mission’s Catholic primary school. The Kobonal Mission School is one of the largest — and best — in the region, and is known for its discipline and its holistic approach toward the students and their families.

At the Mission school, students receive all the materials they need, including books and uniforms. Students are being spiritually grounded in the faith and values of the Church through catechism courses and weekly Mass.

The Mission school also provides a nutritious daily meal, as many children come to school on an empty stomach and need a hearty meal to help them do their best.

You can be an important part of the future of the Mission school and its students! Your support will help keep the candle of hope burning for an impoverished child in need of education.

Academic Excellence

98%

98% of all 6th graders passed the government-mandated exams

Catholic Formation

118

118 First Communions occurred this past school year, over 100 baptisms and 8 confirmations!

Meet Jean

5th grade

Jean Giovanni is only in 5th grade, but he already knows what he wants to be when he grows up — a teacher. That’s a testament to the positive influence Kobonal’s teachers have had on his life.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, 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.

What Is Your Legacy Mission?

When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come. Create Your Legacy!