We were not able to visit Notre Dame de Lourdes in 2020 and it looks like we won’t be able to again this year. SO we decided to host a Virtual Mission Trip! We set up a Zoom webinar, managed to get four people from our Sister Parish connected on the webinar and shared videos from past trips to recreate the feel of a mission trip.
We have supported Education in Notre Dame de Lourdes for 20 years. Over that time an estimated 16,000 children have completed their 6th grade education through attendance at the 24 chapel schools in the villages of Notre Dame de Lourdes.
This year we were a team of fourteen who visited our sister parish of Notre Dame de Lourdes. While we were there we prayed together, shared ideas, learned of hopes and dreams and enjoyed wonderful food.
We also did Vacation Bible School for the children after the Masses. That was organized chaos! Lots of fun.
We shared more teaching techniques through a Teacher In-Service. This time the focus was on classroom management. Over 100 teachers and directors attended. We also shared faith formation through a presentation on Spiritual Gifts.
In January 2012, a team of 10 traveled meeting another team member who was already in Haiti volunteering at a medical clinic. Due to mechanical difficulties with Father Magloire’s truck, four members of the team stayed at Wings of Hope, they were able to meet with Catholic Relief Services to understand partnership opportunities and (with our medical students from Belle Fontaine) toured Quisqueya University and met with the administrator there. Seven members of the team traveled on to Belle Fontaine, three stayed in Bassin Medor. The team in Bassin Medor did water quality testing and demonstrated the John Hayes water system (it uses water and table salt to create chlorine for water purification). Due to the cholera outbreak a significant amount of education has been done on the use of chlorine to purify water, the team found a high degree of interest in the Hayes system. Four team members made an additional trip to Ducrabon where Sister Maria is overseeing the establishment of the hospital to tour the hospital and meet with Father Magloire to review his priorities. It was established that support for education (both in Belle Fontaine and for the medical students) was his top priority.
Here are some pictures from our January 2011 mission trip. A fourteen member team from All Saints and St. Mary’s were able to visit Wings of Hope, St.Joseph’s and Trinity house as well as our sister parish village of Ducrabon in Belle Fontaine Haiti. We met our new priest, Father Jean Marc Magloire who is a wonderful man and seems to be well suited for the work ahead of him.
You can view a picture show with music at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7UGcwoRxbU