Two Student class President’s
One in Haiti from Catholic school of Our Lady of the Presentation and one from East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT.
St. Mary’s Pastor accompanied by 5 parishioners and a family member of a parishioner, traveled to Haiti for the first time in May of 1999. We were introduced to the mountain region of Les Palmes, Haiti. The group fell in love with the people and the place. At that time a secondary school in Les Palmes did not exist and for most students the opportunity to further their education was out of reach.
The group in a meeting with the Pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation, decided to raise funds to begin the secondary school by paying teacher salaries and the school was named College Jean Bruny. Funding for the teachers’ salaries has only increased twice by a small amount each time. Money was donated by another group to build the school. Student enrollment is now around 500 in the 10 room school.
Money for teachers’ salaries is sent for 10 months of the year. Funding comes from fund raising events, pledges and generous donors who help support the teachers’ salary account. Enrollment has grown to 510 students and 12 teachers. Funding is only paying for 7 out of the 12 teachers.
Please consider a donation to help pay for the salaries. Checks are payable to: St. Mary Haitian Ministry (put Teachers’ Salary on memo line) and send to: St. Mary Church, 1600 Main Street, Coventry, CT 06238. Note on the envelope it’s for Les Palmes, Haiti.
Any amount will be gladly accepted.
Thank you for helping us to keep this school operating.