In Haiti, families often walk miles just to collect water from contaminated ponds, streams or holes in the ground. Drinking this water leads to illness like diarrhea, typhoid and cholera.
This spring, you can help solve this water crisis! Your generous support will enable Father Glenn Meaux to build six new wells and make critical repairs to five existing wells serving communities with extreme needs.
For more than three decades, Fr. Meaux and his team at the Kobonal Haiti Mission have been shining Christ’s light on poor families, strengthening their faith and restoring lost hope. The Mission’s holistic transformation strategy is effective because it provides clean water, addresses hygiene problems and improves health.
Your gift will build six new wells, finally making clean water available. This water will change the lives of 2,061 people!
The Mission will make repairs to five existing wells, ensuring clean water keeps flowing for 1,730 people.
Kobonal will provide for critical needs such as spiritual formation, nutritious food, Catholic education and microenterprise loans.
Each morning, Jacqueline Louis collects contaminated water from a hole near a ravine. It’s not healthy, but she has no other way to provide for her husband and 10 children. “The children are often sick—abdominal pain and diarrhea,” she said.
Help us drill a well in Jacqueline’s community!
Jacqueline collects water from this small hole.
Jerson at the creek where he collects water for his children.
Jerson Antoine walks to this creek to collect water every day for his six children. “The source is a small hole where we draw water. We have no other means,” he said. “To get to the source, you walk for more than 50 minutes. Once you get to the spring, there is a crowd there fighting to get some water. It may take more than 90 minutes before you can go home.”
Your support can bless Jerson and his family with clean water.
Dupon Jean (right) couldn’t feed his 10 children, but his wife began to receive food from the Mission and began to attend weekly Mass. Curious about the people who were feeding his family, Dupon began attending weekly Mass too. It wasn’t long before the truth of the Gospel changed his heart. He abandoned his life as a voodoo priest and now stands on the truth of God’s Word. Today, Dupon is the recipient of a Kobonal house and clean water. Kobonal School has educated his children, and he has learned better farming practices while his wife received a microloan to start a small business outside their home. Instead of receiving food on monthly distribution days, Dupon volunteers to distribute it to others. That’s the heart of Kobonal Haiti Mission — transforming hearts to love and serve God.
For more than 30 years, the Kobonal Haiti Mission has adopted a holistic strategy to serve the poor and restore their dignity. It achieves this by ensuring families have access to clean water; safe housing, nutritious food, medical care, a Catholic education, agricultural training, microenterprise opportunities and spiritual formation activities. By addressing both material and spiritual needs, the Mission is strengthening families in ways that can help them break free from a generational cycle of poverty. Your gift to the Kobonal Haiti Mission will promote the development of the whole person, meeting practical needs through a holistic approach rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Fr. Glenn Meaux founded the Kobonal Haiti Mission and Kobonal School.
The Mission builds its first home and begins its microenterprise and feeding ministries.
The Mission completes its first water project. Since then, 34 wells have been built.
Cross Catholic Outreach and the Mission begin a partnership.
The Kobonal Haiti Mission dedicates a new open-air chapel.
and Beyond… The Mission continues to transform lives by meeting needs.
Fr. Meaux believes that the people must be empowered to take ownership of the wells. Community involvement is necessary from start to finish, ensuring the continued success of the program. Each community must form a well committee. The members are in charge of the maintenance and daily operations of the well. They train community members in hygiene and sanitation education, ensuring the proper use of the well and improved health outcomes.
When a problem surfaces and the repair needed is small, the local water committee in each community uses the monthly well fee it has collected to pay for that work. When the repair is larger, the Mission steps in to make the necessary repairs and keep water service strong in the community.
Clean water is essential to the health and life of a community. In Haiti, a new well changes lives forever!
With your help, the Mission can provide clean water to people waiting for relief like Jacqueline and Jerson. Help Fr. Meaux deliver clean water to their communities and be God’s instrument of mercy to the poor.
Your support will change lives with clean water and the power of the Gospel. Give now!
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.
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!