About us

How we came to be

In late 2009, Karen Kohl walked into the office of Reverend John Coleman at St. Andrew the Apostle Church and asked if the parish would be interested in supporting Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti. They were in need of monthly food assistance for the 35 children living there.

More than willing to oblige, Reverend Coleman took it before his parishioners and a good faith offering met the needs of the children. Moved by this unique ministry and ready to take action, a few members stepped forward to learn more. Thus, the Haiti outreach ministry now called Grow Haiti’s Children was formed.


In November 2009, a group of parishioners from St. Andrew the Apostle traveled to Haiti to make their first visit to the orphanage. They instantly fell in love with the children and became bonded as a family.

In January 2010, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. From the devastation, transport of food and fuel from Port Au Prince to Jeremie was brought to a halt, and the orphanage saw the number of children increase to 60. With nowhere else to turn, St. Andrew’s Parish rallied together in support of the orphanage with expanded support to include education and living expenses for the children.

our lady of perpetual help orphanage

  • Father Garry Pierre Louis
  • Madame Dilene Jacques
  • Jeremie, Haiti

Kindergarten-12th grade


Dilene Jacques

Orphanage Director

grow haiti's children

Gerald Smith

Past President

grow haiti's children

Father Gary Pierre Louis


make an impact

Your generosity has forever changed the lives of the children of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage. Because of you, they have a safe place to sleep, food to eat, clean clothes on their backs, an education to elevate them, and a place to call home.

Each child has a past. And with your generosity, a future. Every gift makes a tremendous impact and allows our team to provide for the needs of those entrusted to our care. Today, we ask you to prayerfully consider making your one-time contribution a recurring monthly gift. By partnering with us through a recurring monthly gift, you are securing the livelihood of the orphanage and the care we are able to provide to each child.

For the cost of a tank of gas, or dinner and a movie, you can single-handedly fund an entire month’s worth of food, shelter, clothes, books, school supplies, or education for one child. just $75. Through your partnership with Grow Haiti’s Children, you will have the incredible opportunity to build a relationship with the children, receive updates about their progress and growth, and share in their milestones and achievements. The relationship you build with each child is potentially just as impactful as the life-changing opportunity your contribution is providing for each of them.

We are excited to announce that we have more opportunities to partner with schools, organizations, and corporations than ever before! We can now accept sponsorships, contribution matching, and pledge drives from philanthropic corporations like Honeywell, to organizations such as The Boy Scouts of America, and all public and private schools.

Our mission to elevate and educate the children of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage has given us this tremendous opportunity. To learn more about how you can partner with Grow Haiti’s Children, click here now.

be the change

For the cost of a tank of gas, $75, you can have a life-changing impact on the life of a child by providing a month’s worth of food, shelter, clothes, books, school supplies, and education.