Update on Holy Cross Efforts in Haiti O n January 11, 2012, the eve of the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Father Michel Eugène, Provincial Superior of the Province of Notre Dame du-Perpétuel-Secours in Haiti, reported on the results of the Holy Cross efforts there. So many in the Gilmour Community donated so generously to this worthwhile cause and we wanted to let you know about the impact your donations helped to make. The future of Haiti lies in educating young people to assume a role in rebuilding their country. Among the top priorities identified by the Holy Cross Mission Center was to rebuild the Basil Moreau School, which served 650 low-income children in Port-au-Prince. The primary school building suffered significant damage and the secondary school was destroyed. Father Eugène reported that at the Basil Moreau School, life is slowly returning to normal. The building housing the primary school and the section of the building used by the pre-school have been restored and are occupied to the great relief of students, teachers and parents. The residence for religious is also restored and occupied once again. He stated that, in December 2011, the Province signed a contract with a construction company called CDG Beton for construction of the portion of the building that will house the secondary school, administrative offices, library, laboratories and restrooms. This will be the heart and soul of the Basil Moreau School and is expected to be functional by the end of fall 2012. Still needing to be completed at the school is construction of faculty workspaces and a multi-purpose room
to be used for Masses, shows and a cafeteria. Father Eugène went on to report that they are in negotiations with a construction company and will begin construction of the Provincial House soon. Another major project that is being finalized is the launch of a teachers’ college. They are running a pilot distance learning program with 70 teachers who are currently teaching at three Holy Cross secondary schools. As presented in the Province’s Strategic Plan in March 2010, there is a second set of priorities as well. One project in this category is the securing of the main building at the Collège Notre Dame, which was built during the 70s. Seismologists say that there is a high probability of another high magnitude earthquake in the future and this building simply could not withstand another such earthquake. Other projects include construction of a new school in Tabarre, the development of a technical division at Collège Notre Dame in Limbé and reconstruction of the École NotreDame-de-Grâce in Ravine Trompette. Father Eugène explained that the project in Tabarre would most likely be able to quickly contribute to the financing of other projects in the Haitian province. Father Eugène concluded by saying that they must continue their efforts to build and bring hope to both the Church of Haiti and the people of Haiti with the hope that it will be emulated. He explained that, while reconstruction has not really begun in the country at large, the small steps that the province has been able to make are the exception. The Gilmour Community and other Holy Cross schools and universities played an important role in this progress. Our Gilmour Community contributed over $75,000 to date to help address the still grave needs of Haiti. We continue to have Haiti on our list as needing support.
Published on Jun 28, 2012