About Us
In late 2009 a winter visitor walked into the office of Rev. John Coleman at St. Andrew the Apostle church in Chandler, AZ. and asked if the parish would be interested in supporting Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti by providing monthly food assistance for 35 children living at the orphanage. Thus the Haiti outreach ministry now called Grow Haiti’s Children was formed. In January 2010, many areas of Haiti were devastated by an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude and the orphanage saw the number of children increase to 60. St. Andrew’s parish rallied together in support of the country and the children at the orphanage with expanded support to include education and other living expenses.

In November 2011, a group of parishioners from St. Andrew the Apostle traveled to Haiti to make their first visit to the orphanage and instantly fell in love with the children. Since that initial visit to the orphanage, it has been the goal of Grow Haiti’s Children to send a team twice a year to visit, engage in projects and take supplies to the orphanage. In 2012, hurricane Sandy struck Haiti and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage once again saw an increase in the number of children. Today the orphanage is home to approximately 70 children who rely on Grow Haiti’s Children for food, clothing and school tuition. As the needs of the orphanage increased over the years, it became apparent that Grow Haiti’s Children needed to grow as well. In December 2015, the organization officially became a 501(c)3 organization with an independent Board of Directors.
 
See our projects page and check out what we’ve done since this ministry was formed: 
  • built bunk beds for the children
  • provided tuition, books, uniforms and backpacks necessary for furthering education
  • improvements in the girls’ restrooms & dormitory
  • expanded the dining hall at the boys’ orphanage
 
Click here to learn about the future goals for the organization, including:
  • provide secondary education to the children as they complete high school
  • improve safety conditions at the boys’ orphanage by upgrading the electrical system
  • move the girls into a permanent housing facility closer to the boys’ orphanage
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage
Founder: Fr. Garry Pierre Louis
Orphanage Director: Madame Dilene
Location: Jeremie, Haiti
# of children: 70
ages of the children: 5 – 19
education level of the children: Kindergarten to 10th grade
# of locations: 2 - Haitian regulations dictate that boys and girls must be housed separately. The Diocese of Jeremie currently owns the property where the boys live. The girls live in temporary housing on loan from a local family in Jeremie which is about a mile from the boys’ orphanage.
 
ABOUT HAITI
Haiti is a country on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola with a population of 10,604,000. The official language is French and most of the population speaks Haitian Creole. The literacy rate is only 52.9% with an average income of $2 per person per day. About half the population lives in rural areas with subsistence farming being their primary employment. The majority of schools are run by religious organizations. While being the poorest nation of the Western hemisphere, Haiti’s people are both faith-filled and joyful.
 
 
 
 
Contact Us
Grow Haiti’s Children
2177 E. Warner Rd, Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85284
  
 
Board of Directors
Founder                       Rev. John Coleman
President                     Gerald Smith
Vice President            Caroline Sesma
Secretary                     Lilia Santiague
Treasurer                    Michelle Sieczkowski
Board of Directors     Deacon Paul Hursh
                                     Judy Sawitzke
                                     Cathy Olds
 

Organization Status
Grow Haiti’s Children is a non-profit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grow Haiti’s Children
2177 E. Warner Rd., Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85284
growhaitischildren@gmail.com
 
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