Helping Haitians Help Haitians
Ride 2019Learn about our Bike Ride for Haiti Learn More
Annual GalaApril 27, 2019 Learn More
Bishop Cote Visits HaitiCelebrating Mass at Christ Roi Learn More
HospitalityHospitality Learn More
EducationOpening doors to a better life Learn More
Medical CareOffering a hand to heal Learn More
TwinningUniting communities in faith Learn More
Food For ChildrenSustaining the hungry Learn More
OrphanagesProviding for the most vulnerable Learn More
Community DevelopmentHelping to build & restore Learn More
Emergency ReliefGiving aid in desperate times Learn More

Welcome to Outreach to Haiti

Outreach to Haiti has been working in the Caribbean nation for over 35 years. We offer health care services, student sponsorships and other educational support, parish twinning, support of two orphanages, as well as a neighborhood meal program for children.  For travelers to Haiti, we have a guest house, where you can stay short- or long-term. We also arrange immersion visits for traveling groups to learn about Haiti - its people, culture and land.

Watch a video about our programs! 

 

Some special events coming up!                             

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5th Annual Outreach to Haiti Golf Tournament 

 

Outreach to Haiti's 5th annual Golf Tournament will be held  at Wintonbury Hills in Bloomfield, CT, on September 12, 2020  Appropritate Covid measures wil be taken, including one golfer per cart, distancing, masks when closer, etc.

Wintonbury Hills is a Pete Dye course, rated the #5 Municipal Course in the US by Golf.com, the #11 Course in New England by Golfweek, and is on the list of the top 10 Pete Dye Golf courses by GolfAdvisors.com.  This is where the golf tournament has been held each year, and all have had a wonderful time at it!

 

             

                 

Click here to get the form to sign up!

 

 

    

6th Annual Ride for Haiti!

 

For the last 5 years, the bike ride for Haiti has been the 'Ride to Rebuild'.  Proceeds went toward rebuilding the facilities in Hait that were destroyed in the earthquake.  This year, despite the pandemic, we are planning to ride again.  The course is flexiible, depending on the progress of the virus. 

This year, the ride will support our ongoing operations.  While there is still money to raise to complete the building, the pandemic has severely reduced many of our normal funding sources.  We desperately want to be able to continue all our services to the people in Haiti, whose need is even greater with the impact of Covid-19 on them. Thus  these donations will be used to support those operations.

The ride will be September 14th to 18th, 2020. While the ride will again be  a 5-day, 337-mile bike ride, it may be a series of loops in CT rather than a ride going through 5 of the 6 New England states.  We will post more as we get closer and understand the quarantine restrictions and infection rates in the various states.  

You can see a day by day description of the 2019 ride by clicking here.

 If interested in finding out more, including possibly riding for one or more days, contact Dan at [email protected] 

You have been wonderfully generous in the past.  This year, with the pandemic, we need your support more than ever.  If you are in a position to do so, please donate!

 

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Upcoming Haitian Craft Sales   

         

             

 

Due to Covid-19 our upcoming Craft Sales have been cancelled.   In the meantime our items are available at Mercy-By-The-Sea Retreat Center gift shop in Madison, CT.  Call them for hours.   UPDATE:  Mercy-by-the-Sea is currently closed for at least a couple of weeks.  Again call to see if they are open.

                   

Capital Campaign Update

COVID -19 Pauses Construction - 

As with the rest of the world, Haiti has been affected by the Corona Virus pandemic.  Construction, which was moving along smartly, was stopped due to a nationwide lock down instituted by President Moise.  The lock down occurred fairly early in the process - it was largely in effect before the first case, and completely locked down with the first case.  The Caribbean is lagging most of the world in terms of disease penetration, but as of April 20, Haiti has been largely spared.  The section below shows you how things were going up to this point.  This is one of those disasters mentioned below, that will defer the completion date 

 

Strong Progress in Construction 2-28-20

Dan O'Sullivan and Jim Brahm went down to Haiti the end of February to meet with the oversight and construction firms, review the building progress, and go over plans and timelines.  It was a very productive trip, and the progress was thrilling to see.  Even more amazing was watching the workers in action.  The equipment is not what you would see in the U.S., but the quality of the work and the building was high, and the constant movement of the workers seemed like it was coreographed.  There are many events, natural and man-made, that can delay the construction schedule again, but without those, the current schedule calls for the building to be finished April 2021.

 

            

The vast majority of the workers on the project are local men and women, and the project has been a boon to the neighborhood. The workers all seemed to be in very good spirits, despite the larger issues being worked through in Haiti.  Watching them work, and seeing the progress, it was easy to be swept up in the joyful, infectious attitude that seemed to be shared by all.

                            

 

   

We are very thankful for all the generous donors who have enabled us to get to this point, and excited at the prospect of moving in.                         

 

On a linked page, we will keep adding to pictures so you can see the whole progression of the building.  Click here for more details. 

 

Susan Wallace - New Executive Director Starts!

              

Susan Wallace has been named as Executive Director of Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, to replace retiring Executive Director Dan O'Sullivan. 

The organization is pleased to have a one month overlap between the two, with Susan having started June 3, 2019, and Dan being on board through the end of June.  Susan is quickly getting up to speed - being tutored by super-volunteers Dennis and Sue Petruzzi, as well as Dan.

Susan was the unanimous choice of the search committee, and has great experience for the job, with educational, non-profit and diocesan work in her background.  Click here for a shortened biography of Susan to get to know the new Executive Director.  Susan is eager to get to know and work with the many people involved with Outreach.
 

 

 

Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, Inc.
815 Boswell Ave.
Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: 860.800.3601
Email: [email protected]

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