The first seventh-grade class of the Kobonal Mission School gets ready to begin another academic year.

From Scarcity to Abundance

HAITI

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Those familiar words from the Gospel of John express Christ’s desire for God’s children to prosper — but how is this abundant life to be achieved in places like Haiti, where poverty and scarcity are the norm? There, families lack nutritious food, safe water, decent housing and educational opportunities, leaving them trapped in a terrible cycle of poverty. Is it possible to have an abundant life under conditions like those?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” — and Kobonal, Haiti, proves it. With your help, the Kobonal Haiti Mission can continue its profound work of providing education, water, food and more to those in need. In fact, your gift will bless 1,750 students — from kindergarten to seventh grade, and will help repair five damaged wells and build three new wells for impoverished families!

Say “yes” today and help move Haitian families from scarcity to abundance. Join the Kobonal Haiti Mission in extending Christ’s mercy to the poor!

Our Partner

Fr. Meaux and the Kobonal Haiti Mission.

Haiti is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, and communities surrounding Kobonal are among the poorest in that nation. Since the Kobonal Haiti Mission was first launched more than 30 years ago, its goal has been to respond to the cries of the poor, providing relief and new opportunities.

The mission has become an important voice for the voiceless and a source of change and hope. Today, leaders of the mission remain just as committed to their original cause — the empowerment of local families to achieve greater fruitfulness and to strengthen their faith.

Beginning

2002

Cross Catholic Outreach CEO Jim Cavnar first contacts Fr. Meaux to offer aid to the Kobonal Haiti Mission.

5 years

2003-2007

First grant issued to support the survival feeding program (2003). Partnership expands to housing (2005).

10 years

2008-2012

Partnership expands to water (2010). Housing grants expanded in response to a devastating earthquake (2010-2012).

15 years

2013-2017

New programs include agriculture, education and operations support (2013); microloans (2015); and the construction of a medical clinic begins (2017).

21 years

2018-2023

Scholarship program added (2019). New chapel dedicated (2020). Primary school’s Mathebonite campus expands (2021), with plans for a main campus expansion (2023).

It Began With a School

In Psalm 1, we read, “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”

This psalm beautifully illustrates the work of the Kobonal Haiti Mission, which began in 1993 with a small school serving 50 students. Over the past 30 years, thousands of children have received a quality, Catholic education; nearly 1,000 homes have been built; and several new water systems have been built to safeguard the health and prosperity of the community.

To ensure that the mission continues to be fruitful in its ministry to the poor, we are turning to faithful Catholics like you and asking for your help. Your generosity will allow the mission to build or repair 10 wells, expand the school to support secondary education (seventh through ninth grade), and more.

Kobonal Mission School

A seventh-grade boy and girl sitting at their desks and smiling.

The Kobonal Mission School is currently supporting 1,750 students in grades K-7, with plans to expand to ninth grade by the 2025-2026 school year.

New Wells in Kobonal

A woman holds a full water bucket outside a newly painted building that houses the community well.

To provide safe drinking water to local families, three new wells will be drilled and five damaged wells will be repaired.

Feeding Program
 

A woman carrying a bag of food on her head.

With your support, the Kobonal Haiti Mission will be equipped to supply 250 of that area’s poorest families with basic ingredients, including cornmeal, beans and oil.

Transforming a Community

This project will strengthen the Kobonal Haiti Mission and its outreach to the poor through educational support, the provision of safe water and more. The generosity of U.S. Catholics is needed to build and repair eight wells and expand the Catholic school to include classes for grades seven through nine. The funds will also enhance the mission’s overall ability to improve the lives of the Kobonal community, both materially and spiritually.

Meet the People of Kobonal

Youdeline’s Story

Youdeline Bisinthe lives in the village of Colladere with her parents. At 27, she is familiar with a life of scarcity and walks an hour each day to the nearest water source. She is joyfully anticipating the new well being planned for her area. “I will thank God if the drilling company finds water and is able to drill a well near us,” she said.

A young woman with a bucket is bent down to collect water from an open source.
Youdeline collects water from the nearest water source, which is an hour away!

Alina’s Legacy

Alina Elminor fondly remembers her time as a student at the mission school. The experience instilled in her a love of education, and, today, she is a teacher at her alma mater! Alina shared her hopes for her students, saying, “Education is a big part of society, and I want to see my kids continue learning through high school.”

A woman in uniform stands in front of her classroom chalkboard.
Alina loves having the opportunity to be part of the mission that formed her.

Schoolchildren at the Kobonal Mission School are receiving a quality, Catholic education that not only gives them access to better opportunities but gives them daily encounters with Christ!

Give Today!

Holy scripture calls the Lord’s faithful followers to bear good fruit in the world. In fact, Jesus demands it of his disciples, and in Galatians 5:22-23, Saint Paul gives us evidence of fruit this bears in our lives – such virtues as love, joy, generosity and kindness.

Those fruits are clearly blossoming in the hearts of the men, women and children in Kobonal, and the blessings they provide will grow even further — if we can continue to support the Kobonal Haiti Mission. You can play an important role in that effort today! Please consider giving so this Haitian community can be empowered to greater fruitfulness.

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By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Galatians 5:22-23

Donations 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.