AMSSND Province Haiti Committee

When people talk about Haiti, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  But that is not how the Haitian people think of themselves. Haiti has rich culture which, in part, embodies the characteristics of resilience, creativity, ingenuity and faith.  Haiti became the world’s first independent black republic and second independent nation in the hemisphere when it successfully conducted a slave rebellion, overthrowing their French colonial masters in 1804.  

Since February 2017, the Atlantic-Midwest Province of SSND has been engaged in a partnership in Haiti with Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization working in Haiti for over 20 years. This collaboration in Haiti focuses on developing two Model Community Initiatives (MCIs) in the communities of Ti Palmis and Nan Mango.  Both of these communities are located on Lagonav, an island off the western coast of Haiti. The collaboration between SSND and Beyond Borders is focused on ending violence against women and girls in Haiti and preventing parents who are poor from sending their children into domestic servitude as restaveks.  The Model Community Initiative seeks to provide holistic community-based support to address the root causes of violence and restavek.  Please click here to learn about the progress made in the first three years of the Haiti Partnership.

 As the province’s engagement in Haiti has evolved in partnership with Beyond Borders, our sisters have learned about the urgent needs of the people of Lagonav, Haiti.  Our sisters have visited the island and felt compelled to identify further ways that SSND can help support. 

Please click here to support the Water Initiative


Support The Water Initiative This initiative was launched as we learned about how scarce and precious water is on the island of Haiti. Given that water is one of the province’s four commitments, the sisters felt compelled to do more to help families in Haiti have access to water. The results so far have been life-changing for the 96 families supported with rainwater catchment systems last year. Click here to read more about this.

Help us in meeting our goal of reaching 100 additional families with water catchment systems in the coming year. Each catchment system will cost approximately $350 each per household, and our goal is to raise $35,000. This will enable a household to utilize rainwater for their home and garden use. Accompanying agricultural and nutritional education will enable the garden to flourish as a source of food and income.

Holy Angels - SSND - Beyond Borders Fund raising for Haiti

PowerPoint Presentation

Partnership for mission is a way of being in relationship with others which enables the mutual exchange of learning, resources, wisdom, and values, so that the interests, needs, and capacities of others can be realized more fully.  Partnership is also a spiritual practice.  It is indeed a journey in faith. It involves a willingness to explore a call, and trust that God-is-with-us.


Haiti Partnership Report - Year 1 and plans for Year 2

In partnership with the Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in 2017 Beyond Borders engaged two new rural communities on the island of LaGonâve – Tipalmis and Nan Mango - to join the Model Community Initiative (MCI). The goal of the MCI is to equip each community to: 1. Guarantee all children protection from trafficking, exploitation, and abuse, 2. Secure access to quality primary education for every child, 3. Generate sustainable livelihoods, especially for the most disadvantaged families, and; 4.

Lagonav Teacher Training Trip

S. Sharon Slear in Haiti

Sister Sharon Slear, SSND of Notre Dame of Maryland University and two colleagues, Kathleen Sipes and Cynthia Cassone, traveled to the island of Lagonav in July, 2017 to begin a teacher training initiative at the Matenwa Native Language School on the island. The purpose of this training is to further educational development on Lagonav by supporting teachers in their work to devise intervention strategies to increase success in school for students with identified needs.

Update on the Use of Hurricane Matthew Funds Collected by the SSND Atlantic-Midwest Province

The generous support of SSNDs and their many students, staff and friends who contributed $40,000 to the province’s Hurricane Matthew Fund has been supporting 23 Haitian families (167 women, men, and children) in rural Haiti as they continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Even before the storm, these families were among the poorest of the poor, struggling to meet their basic daily needs. Through your generosity, your care, and your concern, the SSND family is giving these families a path to a future, filled with dignity, hope, and opportunity.