Saint-Patrick School -- Locorbe, Haiti


Why Haiti        UNICEF report on Children in Haiti
Calif friends of Saint-Patrick        Interactive Map - St. Patrick in Haiti
Covenant between St. Jude's parish and the people of Saint-Patrick

School kids at Saint-Patrick

“The ancient vision of a healed world demands that all people have decent and dignified life possibilities – clean water, adequate food, shelter, medical care, education for their children...”

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori


Saint Patrick started the 2016-17 school year with 202 students enrolled, 94 girls and 108 boys. The classroom buildings, rebuilt and reroofed in 2015 with funds provided by St. Jude's, weathered the tropical storm winds associated with Hurricane Matthew in October without damage.

For the 2015-16 school year, all fifth and sixth grade students at Saint Patrick school passed their year-end exams to advance to the next grade level.  Of the 113 students enrolled in first through sixth grades, 81% passed, the best performance since the start of St. Jude's partnership with the school.

In 2015, donations from St. Jude parishioners combined with allocations from Vestry provided Social Justice Outreach funds underwrote the rebuilding, reroofing and installation of safety railings for the classroom buildings at Saint Patrick....



Since 2011, St. Jude’s has partnered to serve and strengthen the Episcopal mission community and primary school of Saint-Patrick School in an area named Locorbe on the central plateau of Haiti.  More than 200 students walk from family farms to attend PreK through 6th grade classes at Saint-Patrick.  

Kids at recess


Teacher salary support, classroom materials, and a new well for safe water at St. Patrick have been made possible through our partnership.

In a community where many live on as little as $1 a day, enabling teachers to rely on their job for their income fosters commitment and strengthens the school as an institution. 

There is much to do to build up Saint Patrick’s as an institution and help it become self-sustaining.  Ensuring that staff salaries are paid is intended to be a foundation for a better future.  

Individual parishioner support

Individual St. Jude’s parishioners have opened their hearts to Saint Patrick’s and also provided financial support.  Through December 2015, over $46,000 in individual donations have been received. There are four categories of support:

  1. Undesignated donations - to the California friends of Saint-Patrick. Support for individual student tuition suport; rice and beans for lunches and other needs as they arise.
  2. School expansion fund - for buildings and infrastructure at Saint-Patrick. Including classrooms to add grade levels, cooking facilities, latrines.
  3. Enhanced learning environment at Saint-Patrick - textbooks, study materials, supplemental books, classroom enrichment.
  4. Financial aid for continuing studies - by students who have graduated from Saint-Patrick. 

Location of St. Patrick

From our initial clergy partner Fr. Amirold Lazard:  “We are all grateful for all you've done and what you are willing to do for us.  Blessings to all our friends in California.   Lazard+”

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.