St Bridget Haiti Mission School-Numero Deux
St Bridget Haiti Mission School began in 2004 where classes for all grades were held side by side in the old church with very little in the way of supplies. In 2008, generous donors, Pat and Sue Biggam, offered HMI a $40,000 matching grant to begin the construction for a new and desperately needed school building. By the time of its completion in 2012, HMI donors had contributed over $250,000 towards the truly excellent, hurricane proof school building that stands today. From every grade in one small church to 10 light, airy and spacious classrooms, 2 offices, 2 indoor restrooms with running water, a cafeteria and a library stand as a witness today of God’s goodness and the generosity of the people who wish to serve him in aiding the poorest of the poor in rural Haiti.
St Bridget has 230 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, which includes 15 teachers and staff. HMI contributes $1425 per month ($17,200/year) for teacher and staff salaries. There are a few monthly contributions, however, over the past three years, St Mary Magdalene Parish in Apex, NC, has been instrumental in providing the majority of funding needed for teacher’s salaries. In addition, an anonymous donor made a substantial contribution to provide the remaining funds needed for the 2021-22 school year.
Haiti Mission also began a school lunch program. In the beginning we funded one hot meal a month. A generous donor stepped up in 2012 with a matching donation grant of $75,000 over 5 years, to begin a program that feeds the children, teachers and staff daily. Monthly donations continue to support the program which provides on average 3500 meals per month (35,000 meals/year at an average cost of $17,500/year). The school lunch program insures that every child attending school at St Bridget’s will have at least one nutritious hot meal a day.
We invite all who read this to consider becoming a part of this symbol of hope in Western Haiti. If you are interested you can select “Teacher’s Support” or “Feed the Children” on the donate tab on the home page. Together we can continue to serve God while “feeding” his littlest ones, body, mind and soul. God Bless