School Initiative

The School Initiative: Education is one of the primary building blocks of the steps to elevate poverty. The Haiti School Initiative seeks to empower the children of Latiboliere by improving their education. We provide needed school supplies and financial assistance.

For eight months of the year students walk, some times for 45 minutes or more, in the heat and possibly rain, to sit in very basic, hot classrooms. Computers? Smartboards? No. There is no electricity. Chalk is scarce and the teacher must write out a separate worksheet for each child.

Our Challenges

About 80% of all Haitians are illiterate. Only a little over half of primary school-age children are enrolled in school. Less than 2% of children finish secondary school. Those children fortunate enough to attend school in Latiboliere receive one hot meal a day. This is usually the only meal they eat that day.

Our Needs


The school is very simple so only basic supplies are needed.

  • Backpacks
  • Chalk
  • Blue Pens
  • Pencils
  • Water bottles
  • Loose leaf Paper
  • Big Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Compasses
  • Protractors
  • Colored Pencils
  • 3 ring inexpensive binders


A contribution of any amount is always welcome.

Annual school tuition is $15.00

Teachers are paid for 8 months a year. The recommended amount for Catholic Teachers in Haiti is about $75 a month or $600 a year.

Place yourselves at the service of the poor. The poor do not need our compassion or our pity; they need our help.
Mother Teresa


Ways to Help

Water and Sanitation Help, Nutritional support, Education Initiatives, Health InitiativeSoccer Initiative, Collections, packing and shipment of Sea Containers, and Mission Teams to Haiti.

Make checks payable to: 
St. Mary Parish 
~designate for Haiti in the Memo~

Send to:
St Mary Catholic Faith Community
9520 W. Forest Home Ave
Hales Corners, WI 53130

Contact Us

Andrea Kachellek
Haiti Committee Cochair
(414) 510-4307

Barb Schwartz
Haiti Committee Cochair
(414) 425-1658 

Pam Lownik
Director of Social Concerns & Outreach
(414) 425-2174, ext. 256