Kobonal Haiti Mission

Help Transform the Lives of the Poor

In a dark corner of Haiti, the Kobonal Haiti Mission shines as a beacon of hope. For 30 years, its founder, Father Glenn Meaux, has worked tirelessly in this remote farming community to care for the poor. Your support helps his ministry provide clean water, food, safe housing, education — and the love of Christ — to the destitute.

Together, we can defeat material and spiritual poverty.

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The Darkest Corner of the Diocese

Haiti is one the most impoverished countries in the world.

Nearly three in five people live below the poverty line. Kobonal was once called “the darkest corner of the Diocese of Hinche.” Its families had extreme humanitarian needs. Many lived in flimsy shacks and drank contaminated water gathered from nearby streams. Lacking electricity, clean water or sanitary latrines, and decent educational or employment opportunities, they felt hopeless.

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 Father Meaux and his missionary team arrived in Kobonal in 1989, he was heartbroken by the poverty he witnessed. In the years that followed, he established a Catholic community to address the local poverty — and his mission has since become a beacon of hope in the diocese.

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.

Once I was exposed to the poverty, and saw the children in the streets, I fell in love with the country. I fell in love with the poor. – Fr. Meaux

How Your Support Helps the Poor in Kobonal

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

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

Support 500 students with their secondary education and help provide a quality Catholic education and nutritious meals for 1,260 needy students.

Provide monthly food rations to extremely destitute families and elderly citizens.

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.

Each year, Kobonal builds approximately 60 new homes and repairs 60 other homes for poor families. The homes feature cement walls and floor, and a galvanized steel roof. Homes have secure doors and windows and even a small solar panel.

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Total number of homes: 120

  • ✔ 60 new homes and latrines
  • ✔ 60 home repairs

Beneficiaries: 120 families

Cost: 

  • ✔ New home and latrine: $6,981
  • ✔ Repairs: $776

Materials:

  • ✔ Cement walls and floor; galvanized steel roof

Size:

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

Features:

  • ✔ Secure doors and windows; small solar panel

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

Clean Water

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

Supplying an entire family in Kobonal with clean, safe water costs just $249. Community leaders oversee wells and perform maintenance. Water is free, but benefiting families are encouraged to contribute a small amount to handle any repairs — giving villagers a greater sense of ownership and pride.

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Water Source: 

  • Four clean-water wells beneficiaries: 208 families

Cost: 

  • $249 to provide a family with clean, safe water

Delivery Mechanism:

  • Freestanding hand-pump wells

Features:

  • Cement wall enclosure for security; free use for benefiting families; hygiene and sanitation education to community members

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

Access to Education

Most Kobonal families are too poor to afford the costs of a public school education. To combat this, Kobonal provides reduced or even free tuition and uniforms to its primary schools. Currently, 1,260 children receive daily meals and a high-quality Catholic education.

The Kobonal Mission School is one of the largest — and best — in the region. Students receive spiritual formation through catechism courses and weekly Mass. Fr. Meaux partnered with Cross Catholic to offer a scholarship program, providing for 480 financially struggling students to attend secondary school, plus 20 scholarships for university students.

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Beneficiaries:

  • ✔ 1,260 children, ages 5 to 16
  • ✔ 500 students attending secondary school and university

Cost: 

  • ✔ $153 will allow a child to attend school
  • ✔ $120 will send a student to secondary school or university

Tuition Includes:

  •  ✔ Books, uniforms, breakfast and lunch

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 school and secondary education students.

Feeding Programs

Life in the Central Plateau is harsh and many families in Kobonal are still utterly poor. For extremely destitute families and elderly citizens, this outreach can mean the difference between starvation and survival. Funding from Cross Catholic Outreach donors helps the mission provide staples such as cornmeal, beans, cooking oil and soap to 250 of the diocese’s most needy families.

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Beneficiaries:

  • ✔ 250 families
  • ✔ Estimated at 2,613 children and 620 adults

Cost: 

  • ✔ $18 will provide a month’s worth of food staples for an entire family

Food Staples Include:

  •  ✔ Cornmeal, beans, cooking oil and soap

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

Help Now

Fr. Meaux and the Kobonal Haiti Mission are transforming lives and drawing souls to Jesus Christ — and you can be an important part of this work of mercy. 

As Catholics, we must extend our hands to help our brothers and sisters in need.  – Fr. Meaux

Chapel Update

Prayers were answered on February 23, 2020, as Fr. Meaux and the Kobonal Haiti Mission received a beautiful new chapel. Villagers and guests filled the new chapel for its dedication Mass, celebrated by Fr. Meaux and Bishop Désinord Jean of the Diocese of Hinche.

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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.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s new 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.