Message from The International Vincentian Family: The “bottom billion” are people around the globe who live on less than $1.25 a day. They live in make-shift homes, are not guaranteed a daily meal, cannot send their children to school and lack an income to improve their lot in life. In Haiti, a country of 10 million people, 77 percent live at or below the poverty level. With your help, a Haitian family can lift itself out of poverty. The International Vincentian Family, which consists of people and organizations that find inspiration in the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul, is hosting a $100,000 matching program through Dec. 27, 2011 for donations to the “Pathway to a Better Life” program.
Gauthier Dieudonne directs this program in which female-headed households are selected for participation “because women carry the economy of Haiti on their backs.” They enter a proven 18-month program that provides close support and training that enables them to upgrade their living conditions, become food secure, enroll their children in school and learn a vocation to create a sustainable income.
“On one of my first trips to Haiti, I visited the Pathway project (Chemen Lavi Miv? or CLM in Creole),” said the Rev. Robert Maloney, C.M., chair of the Vincentian Family Board for Haiti. “I found it one of the most impressive works that I have seen in the country.”
In partnership with Fonkoze, an alternative bank for the poor in Haiti, and Zaf?n, a micro-credit resource that funds entrepreneurial business and social projects in this Caribbean nation, the Vincentian Family hopes to attract enough support to enroll 134 new families in this program that will change the course of their lives. To accomplish this, the Vincentian Family is rallying support from parishes across the country. The family includes the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers, the Daughters of Charity, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Ladies of Charity (AIC), DePaul University and many other Vincentian organizations throughout the world. To commemorate the lives and works of our patrons, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and Frederic Ozanam, we are taking action to create a sustainable path to building Haiti back better.
To help, please consider making a donation of $25 or more by Christmas online at http://bit.ly/um5d36
Checks, made out to “Vincentian Solidarity Office” can be mailed to:
Fr. Miles Heinen, C.M.
Vincentian Solidarity Office
500 E. Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144-1296
*Please write “Zafen CLM” in the memo
May you and your family have a blessed Christmas season.
Here are several Web resources:
Vincentian Family: http://famvin.org/index-en.html
We truly appreciate any help you can offer the people of Haiti. Thanks!