History of our Relationship
Since the founding of the Haiti Mission to Tibouk in 1995, thousands of people have been impacted by the willingness of a handful of people to serve the poorest of the poor in Haiti. What started as a humble parish twinning program between Immaculate Conception and St Jules in 1970s has evolved into a ministry that has provided decades of continuous support, respect, aid, and friendship. The prayers, medical mission, building projects, and school funding have innumerably blessed people of both the US and Haiti. It is through the support and participation of people like you that will build the next chapters of this parish twinning relationship.
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The remote mountain chapel at Moreau was destroyed in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. Local Haitian workers were supported and provided with supplies to repair it. Every brick and beam of the building was carried by hand over miles of rugged terrain to construct the chapel.
A new St Jules School was constructed in 2015. This beautiful, two-story building, in addition to the school supplies, uniforms, and student sponsorships, allowed local children the opportunity to obtain the education many of their parents never received.
The old St Jules Church was dilapidated and crumbling. As part of the parish twinning program, supplies were shipped to Haiti. The new church was built and continues to be a place of spiritual renewal and is a place of community bonding
The first small team from Immaculate Conception traveled to Tibouk to visit their sister parish of St Jules. They were so shocked by the poverty and rampant sickness that they decided more had to be done
The 2019 mission crew had the honor of attending the consecration Mass of the Moreau Chapel. People stood shoulder to shoulder and celebrated with music, dancing, and a village feast. Peg Perlman, one of the main donors and founders of the chapel repair program, attended the celebration.
SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED
In order to help keep pace with the world outside of Haiti, several solar panels were installed in St Jules. This helped provide lights and fans for the the school and allowed for more open communication via email between Immaculate Conception and St Jules.
As the medical mission grew as an established annual program in Tibouk, it was clear that a new, more sanitary clinic had to be built. The new clinic built in 2011 provided a cleaner, safer environment to treat patients.
FIRST MEDICAL MISSION
The year following the initial visit to Tibouk, volunteers from Immaculate Conception raised money and gathered supplies for their first medical mission. They treated many patients, but it only felt like a drop in the bucket