As a subcommittee of Human Concerns, the mission of Living our Faith in Haiti is "to live the Gospel message through prayer, support, and service with the members of St. Joseph Parish in Thomonde, Haiti by sharing resources to enhance the faith, health, education and overall well-being of our Parish communities."
New members are always welcomed. Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the parish center. At this time, meetings will be conducted via Teleconference until social distancing measures are lifted. Please contact our committee chair, Lori Borchardt at 920-277-3703 if you are interested in further information.
Father Dennis Bergsbaken, St. Margaret Mary Parish
Father Bertrand DesForges, St. Joseph Parish
Chair: Lori Borchardt
Finance: Ed Scanlan
Parish Twinning: Dennis Rudolph, Chris Schneider, Assenal Numa, Bill Kaufman, Ed and Shelia Scanlan
Mission Experience: Tess Rudolph, Ellen Beltz-Trevarthen, Tim Brown
Parish Enrichement: Michelle Schneider, Vicki Neuman, Lori Borchardt
Other members: Lisa Durocher, Jerry Adams
We are excited to announce that $16,103 was raised during our annual fundraiser weekend in February. We deeply appreciate your generosity. Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission.
LOFH Updates -
There are 1,174 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Haiti with 33 deaths. Haiti is about 1 month behind the United States in the timing of the outbreak. Testing and medical care is limited. The use of masks in public is mandated, but there is limited mask availability. Food prices continue to soar. COVID cases are within 10 miles from Thomonde.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, SMM provided $10,180 in emergency assistance to the St. Joseph parish community.
$4,000 -school operations/teacher salaries
$3,000 -water buckets and soap for personal hygiene and hand washing stations
$2,000 -emergency aid for COVID response, food and parish assistance
$580 -1,000 face masks. Masks to be sewn by women of St. Joseph parish
$200 -printing COVID flyers encouraging hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks
St. Joseph’s leadership team is already working on distributing water buckets, soap, masks, flyers, and food to families most in need.
Our parish is also looking to join other parish twinning groups with a new COVID response initiative called Haiti-CPR (COVID Preventative Response). The goal of this response is to arm organizations that support Haitian communities with the tools to minimize the spread of coronavirus. This response includes distance training that connects a health care professional with community teams on COVID prevention and response measures. There is access to COVID alerts, superhero brochures, coloring pages, and educational videos. If you would like to learn more about this initiative, there are resources at www.raisinghaiti.org
Learn how you can help save precious lives. Learn More Join the Haiti Covid-19 Preventative Response consortium by Zoom or live-stream on our Facebook Page.