Kobonal Haiti Mission

A holistic ministry to bless the poor in Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly 60% of Haiti’s 10.8 million people live in poverty. Households lack food, clean water, health care and education. Two-thirds of Haiti’s people have no formal job. Cross Catholic Outreach works with the Kobonal Haiti Mission to alleviate poverty among Haiti’s poorest families.

Established by Fr. Meaux in 1989, the Kobonal Haiti Mission is affiliated with The Society of Our Most Holy Trinity, and has a longstanding partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, which is solely responsible for the fundraising activities of the Mission.

Thanks to the support of generous Catholics, Father Glenn Meaux of the Kobonal Haiti Mission has been able to build 80 hurricane-proof concrete homes to families who previously lived in crumbling shacks.

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 19:17

Ministry Highlights

When we first met the Laurent sisters — Amonise, 12, and Venise, 9 — the two were working their way down a steep, rocky path to gather water from a nearby stream. The girls gathered the murky water, then returned to their village to join their mom and dad and four brothers and sisters in a cramped mud shack.

We saw that the primitive home was crumbling around them, leaving them all at the mercy of the weather.

In the year that has passed, a miraculous change has taken place. Now, thanks to the support of caring Catholics like you, Amonise, Venise, and the rest of the Laurent family have a sturdy new cement-block home. 

Their lives have been transformed!

For a family who previously lived in a dilapidated shack, this gift is an unimaginable blessing. Gone are the sour expressions we saw on the children’s faces a year ago. Today, they smile, laugh and play games with each other, the joys of their childhood restored.

The children’s parents, Heriode and Jocelyn, are happy and grateful too. They praise God for the sturdy roof over their heads — a roof that doesn’t leak when it rains. They appreciate the walls that keep out the chilly night air, and the security and stability their new house provides.

These are blessings they never knew before. When asked to express his feeling about the new house, Heriode could barely contain his excitement. “I am so happy, I forget about everything else — even eating!

However, when I do eat, I do so with a happy heart because I am out of misery.”

Thanks to the outreach of the Kobonal Haiti Mission, Heriode, Jocelyn and their children are discovering another blessing too — the spiritual stability a closer relationship with Christ provides.

God bless you for supporting this wonderful transformation in their lives!

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2020, 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.