Haiti Twin Parish

Haiti Outreach—Who We Are, What We Do

St. Robert’s maintains a Twinning relationship with Our Lady’s Nativity parish in Verrettes, Haiti, providing support to the pastor, Father Murat’s, ministry as he cares for a large number of some of the neediest people in one of the poorest countries in the world.  As access to education is one of the best ways to achieve a better life in third world countries, our primary area of support is a student sponsor program where St. Roberts parishioners pay for a Haitian student to go to school for a year.

For many families, this education is out of reach, so this support is critical to giving these children a brighter future.  If you would like to enable a Haitian student’s education, sponsorship for the school year is $250 for an elementary student and $450 for a secondary student.

Our program also provides lunches for many children in the schools, which may be the only good meal the children get on any given day and enables the children to focus on their work while in class.  In addition, we provide funding for maintenance of the church and chapels, liturgical and religious education materials, and occasionally for construction of new facilities.

Over the years, representatives from St. Robert’s have gone to Verrettes on a regular basis to build and maintain relationships with the people of that community, bring the love of the St. Roberts community to our needy brothers and sisters, and to see first hand the positive impact that your generosity has through these wonderful programs.  Due to political unrest of the last few years in Haiti and the current pandemic, it has been several years since we have been able to travel to Verrettes, but we are making plans for a visit in 2021 if conditions allow.

Please contact me at any time with questions or if you would like to support one of these programs.  Thank you!

Contact: Mark Bonnema  616.250.9739     Email:  markjamesbonnema@gmail.com


These two videos show images from the 2014 Mission Trip:  The first is about going to the market; the second depicts Corpus Christi as celebrated in Haiti – we will never be the same!