Sister Jeanette Pierre-Louis, SNDdeN
La Savane, Haiti

Sister Jeanette Pierre-Louis portrait
Sister Jeanette with children

Sister Jeanette reaches out to children who are unable to attend school.

Sister Jeanette teaching quilting and basic reading and writing skills

Sister Jeanette and the staff at the Notre Dame Family Education Center teach the women the art of quilting and basic reading and writing skills.

"I will go wherever I am needed…"

In Haiti, fifty-four percent of people live in abject poverty. In La Savane, a Haitian slum, the number is seventy percent.

La Savane sits on the Caribbean. But there are no condos here, nor high-rises. Nor jobs. What work can be found is piecemeal, day-to-day. In Haiti, two-thirds of the people live this way; in La Savane, almost everyone does.

On top of this, the median age is 22. The burdens that are borne, are borne most by children. In La Savane, you see them patting their stomachs. It is what children do, unconsciously, when they are half-starved.

Sister Jeanette works in La Savane. She directs the Notre Dame Family Education Center, which provides literacy classes, math classes, and a community garden. It sponsors microenterprises, such as wreath-making for funerals, and the sewing of school uniforms.

But there is more we can do, and with your help, we are going to do it.

We are opening a bakery. It will employ twelve people at the beginning, who in turn will support twelve families. Later more people will be hired. The goals of the bakery are four-fold:

  • To address hunger
  • To create long-term jobs
  • To provide job training
  • To prove that small business can work in La Savane

We're hoping to raise $63,000, which is the cost of the bakery equipment. Will you help?