For the last four years, Saint Joseph’s University’s
Project Haiti in Philadelphia has been assisting the 17 Jesuit grammar schools
and 10 vocational schools throughout Haiti.
Since the earthquake on January 12, 2010, whose epicenter was just
outside of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian Jesuits have started a new school
system, called in French Foi et Joie. An official document emanating from a meeting
of Jesuits in August 2005, entitled in French Projet de Fondation de Foi et Joie en Haiti and signed by the
Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of French Canada, established Foi et Joie in Haiti. Under the dynamic leadership first of Dérino
Sainfariste, S.J., and then of Ambroise Dorino Gabriel, S.J., and Jean-Maxène
Joazile, S.J., these schools have been built and furnished, teachers have been
trained and hired, and water has been located and shared both with the local
communities and made available to the Foi
et Joie students. These
children-centered schools, which have been constructed throughout the entire
country, from Ouanaminthe to Jérémie, are already having a tremendous impact on
We welcome your continued support of SJU Project Haiti.