St John the Baptist - Somonauk
Local Support for the Poor of Haiti
Founded in 2001 by three Catholic men from the Rockford Diocese, the mission of Hope of Haitians is to provide: shelter, clean water, agricultural resources, medical support, education and sustainable skills for the poorest of the poor in Haiti.
Homes For Destitute Families
We start with housing. The families we assist typically live in primitive shelters made from cast off materials. We provide a secure, dry, clean, cinder block home that they own.
Safe Water and Sanitation
Water borne disease is a killer in poor communities. We ensure clean water and proper sanitation, through wells, water purification and sanitary facilities.
Sustainable Food and Income
Establishing sustainable food sources; goats, chickens, gardens, cassava bakeries, rice and corn mills, is an important step. In addition we help residents develop income producing enterprises to better provide for their families.
Community Development and Education
We help coordinate and train local village councils so residents can manage their own affairs. We also support educational development for children and adults.
Basic healthcare and preventative care saves lives. Working with Haitian doctors and medical staff, support medical care in two villages, and mobile clinics in other. Medication, testing, prenatal care are a few of the services provided.
Be the Difference - Give Today!
Every gift helps make hope real. Make a difference today and transform the life of a family living in poverty.
How Our Parish is Helping This Year
This year our parish is raising funds for the construction of a new village to be built next year. Gifts received will be used to construct homes, improve water and sanitation and build other needed structures provide hope, dignity and opportunity for 50 desperately poor families in Northeast Haiti.
My Gift to the Poor of Haiti