OLM Haiti Mission  

Who We Are and
What We Do

Parish Twinning

Twinning Program of the Americas

St. Vincent's in Vallieres
(OLM's Twinning Parish)

Our Scholarship Program
Our Students

Acoustic Cafe

Scholarship Concerts

Peasant Organization
- Men Kontre Valyè -

Micro Credit Program
Agronomy Program

Human Rights

IJDH - Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Medical Care

Partners in Health
New England Journal of Medicine

A Sugar and Salt Solution for Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

Our Lady of Mercy Parish (OLM) has a “twinning” relationship with St. Vincent’s Parish in Haiti.  OLM is part of a program called Parish Twinning Program of the Americas or PTPA (formerly Haiti Parish Twinning Program or HPTP).  PTPA has been operating for almost 30 years and has involved approximately 400 churches and other organizations with poor parishes in Haiti and several Latin American countries.  PTPA was started by Theresa Patterson, from Nashville TN, and Harry Hosey.  Mr Hosey is now deceased.

  OLM began its twinning relationship with St. Vincents in 1996, after our then Social Justice group was approached to consider this by Fr. Jack Martin.  We began by sending money ($1,000 a year at first) to the pastor of St. Vincents.  Fr. Jack and Normand Varieur (Grandpapa) from the Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East (HSNNE) suggested that it would be beneficial for representatives from OLM to visit Haiti to understand the situation and the relationship better.  In 1998 Judy Reilly made the first trip to Vallieres accompanied by Fr. Gene Squeo and then seminarian (now Father) Steven Toth.

     In 1999 the second group from OLM went down as a medical mission.  Two doctors, Dr. Steve Zoretic and Dr. Vicki Perez, led the group of eight, which included Fathers Charlie Granstrand and Ken Herbster and Sister Kay Coll, as well as Georgette Delinois who served as the translator.  They worked with the clinic “auxillaire” in Vallieres, Philipp Augustin and saw about 300 patients each day.  Through the years, a delegation  from OLM has visited Vallieres at least once a year, and often two or three times.  There was a second medical mission and Dieudonne Bazile served as the translator.  The yearly commitment to the pastor of St. Vincents increased to $4,000.  Other needs and programs developed and additional money was contributed by OLM parishioners to support them.  Examples: the Christ Roi elementary school, a nutrition program for mothers and infants, payment for cathechists in the outlying chapels, scholarships for tuition for secondary school students, leadership formation for the peasant group, micro credit loans, purchase of three donkeys for the peasant group, adult literacy program, agronomy program.  Some of these programs continue on and others have ended.  Generators, computers, a motor bike, medical supplies, school supplies, sports equipment, household appliances and supplies, church equipment and sound systems, clothing, shoes, seeds and other items have been donated by OLM parishioners and friends and have been shipped to Vallieres by sea container, which is coordinated by PTPA and sometimes by HSNNE.

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