Together, we can make a difference in Haiti.

Haiti is at a critical crossroads. It can either remain imprisoned in a dizzying darkness of violence, hunger and despair — or it can step boldly into Christ’s light. Join our mission and link arms with Haitian families who’ve built up a safe, Christ-centered community. Help these precious brothers and sisters in their effort to defeat poverty, seize the heart of their nation, and build a brighter future.

Be part of a success story in Haiti.

Extreme needs require bold action.

The poverty in Haiti can seem overwhelming. Two in three people don’t have enough food to eat. Desperate mothers are feeding their children mud and dirt, and many families lack basic necessities like safe shelter, clean water and access to schools.

The Kobonal Haiti Mission is improving the material and spiritual well-being of the poor — and you can help!

The Kobonal Haiti Mission: A Beacon of Hope

When a missionary team first arrived in 1989, they were heartbroken by the extreme poverty families endured. Over the course of a generation, Kobonal has transformed from one of the most desolate places into a thriving, peaceful community — and that transformation continues today.

The Kobonal Haiti Mission has helped hundreds of families by building safe and resilient homes, providing clean water and sanitary latrines, offering agricultural assistance to make the families’ sources of income more sustainable for the future, and ensuring educational opportunities and spiritual formation.

Three young boys in school uniforms holding bowls.
Students at the Kobonal Mission School help collect bowls after a hearty lunch.

How Your Support Helps Families at Kobonal

Build and repair sturdy weatherproof homes to benefit families who are currently living in makeshift shacks.

Fund community wells that bring clean water to families that must otherwise fetch contaminated water.

Expand a Catholic school, provide scholarships and offer healthy lunches.

Provide monthly food rations to 250 of the area’s most destitute families.

Join us in empowering the Kobonal Haiti Mission.

Safe Homes

The cycle of poverty can be difficult to escape, but having a safe place to call home can make a real difference. The initial goal of the mission’s housing program is to improve the living conditions of families sheltering in fragile mud-and-stick huts. The long-term goal is to enable each family to become a landowner, a homeowner and a self-supporting farmer within a faith-filled community.

Typical Floor Plan

Materials:

  • ✔ Concrete walls and floor, galvanized steel roof, treated wood frame.

Size:

  • ✔ 713 square feet, comprising four rooms and a porch.

Features:

  • ✔ Solar power lights and basic electricity, an outdoor latrine, lockable door and hurricane and earthquake resistant.

Protecting the Investment

A new roof. Refreshed paint. Upgraded windows. Every home needs periodic repairs. That’s why, after over three decades of building homes, the mission wants to ensure past beneficiaries are able to keep up with maintenance and make important upgrades to their homes. Making necessary repairs is also the mission’s way of protecting the investment previous donors made in the homes they sponsored many years ago.

Your support helps the Kobonal Haiti Mission build and repair sturdy weatherproof homes.

Clean Water Wells

Water is vital. For Kobonal’s families, it’s not just for drinking and cooking but also for sustaining important gardens they depend on for food and income. Community wells make use of freestanding hand pumps. Without them, children and families would have to gather water from unsafe sources, including contaminated lakes and streams.

Water System Overview

Delivery Mechanism:

  • Freestanding hand-pump wells.

Features:

  • Each well drilled to the proper depth to ensure clean water flows year-round.
  • Cement wall enclosures for added security.

SUSTAINABILITY:  

  • ✔ Local water committee collects small dues from benefiting families to save for future repairs.
  • ✔ Community training sessions on water, sanitation and hygiene practices.
  • ✔ Professional crews repair old and inoperable wells.

Your support helps the Kobonal Haiti Mission bring clean, refreshing water to families.

Access to Education

A Catholic education has the power to give Haiti’s children a pathway out of poverty. This solid foundation encourages faith and character development and empowers young people to reinvest in their communities and become the future leaders Haiti needs.

The Kobonal Mission School is one of the largest — and best — in the region. Graduates have gone on to become doctors and priests, and some have even returned to become teachers. Right now, the school is undergoing an expansion so even more children will be blessed with a Catholic education.

Education Overview

Beneficiaries:

  • ✔ 1,600 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • ✔ 450 students in seventh through ninth grade through a three-year expansion plan.

Tuition Includes:

  •  ✔ Books, uniforms, supplies and school lunches.

Spiritual Formation:

  • ✔ Daily assembly where students and teachers pray together; prayer also takes place before and after all activities, catechism courses and weekly Mass.

Your support helps the Kobonal Haiti Mission educate and feed primary and secondary school students.

Feeding Program

Life in the Central Plateau is harsh and many families in Kobonal are still utterly poor. For extremely destitute families, this outreach can mean the difference between starvation and survival. Funding from Cross Catholic Outreach donors helps the mission distribute Vitafood meals and provide staples to some of the diocese’s most needy families. 

Feeding Overview

Beneficiaries:

  • ✔ 250 of the area’s poorest families.

Food Staples Include:

  •  ✔ Cornmeal, beans and cooking oil, as well as soap.

Vitafood Meals:

  • ✔ Specially formulated meal packs rich in protein, key vitamins and other nutrients to energize, strengthen and improve the health of vulnerable children and families.

Your support helps the Kobonal Haiti Mission provide monthly food rations to extremely destitute families.

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.