About Our Cause
On January 26th, 2000 All Saints parish in Cedar Rapids Iowa was twinned with the parish of Notre Dame de Lourdes in Belle Fontaine Haiti. We are told there are around 50,000 people in our sister parish. Geographically it is about the size of the Cedar Rapids Iowa city area. With lots of mountain ranges!
In Notre Dame de Lourdes there are 24 chapels. Each has its own school, teachers and students. There are 105 teachers and about 4500 students. Each teacher should earn a salary of about $360 a school year, if funds are available. The student’s families pay what they can, we work to raise funds to cover the rest.
Twice each year we send money to support the education system, once in March (Lenten Alms collection) and again in September (Student Picture collection). In 2008 we started sending food, clothes, school supplies and a few other items down to our sister parish using a shipping program call the Sea-Crate. This year we sent our 12thSea-Crate which will include 275 boxes of Take Away Hunger meals. That equals 52,800 meals.
You can find out more about our cause and how you might join us in supporting education in Haiti by visiting our website. Just click the link below.