St. Mary - Sycamore

“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.”
Pope Francis

Visit at the Homeless Shelter , “Dono Di Maria,” 5/21/13

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 to start a new beginning.

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.

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.

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 60 desperately poor families in Northeast Haiti. 

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.

The work of Hope for Haitians 

2014 Pope Francis Friendship Village

Tour of Village Completed in 2020

Remarks by People Who Visited Villages

Bearing Witness to Hope

We asked six priests who traveled to Haiti with Hope for Haitians to share with you the good work made possible because of the generosity of the Catholic Faithful in the Rockford Diocese. In the following videos they bear witness to the hope our work brings to the poor of Haiti.

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