Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Those who have had the opportunity to visit the Notre Dame ministries in Haiti continue be inspired by the Haitian people and their commitment to improve the lives of their children and families. We cannot say loudly and strongly enough that Haiti is a beautiful country and that the Haitian people are resilient, warm and joyful. It is a blessing to know that Notre Dame has a vibrant Notre Dame presence there.

We are aware of the poverty and ongoing hardships caused by the devastating earthquake in Haiti several years ago, which hit the country and its infrastructure in such a major way. Despite the unbelievable challenges that this earthquake created, there is a strong commitment on the part of the Haitian people to move beyond these difficulties to create a better life.

The Notre Dame Learning Center, which Sister Jeannette Pierre - Louis founded and administers, has helped create employment opportunities for women who participate in the center's activities while young girls and boys have the chance to regularly attend school to learn essential skills to create a better life for themselves.

Recently, the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers bakery, under the direction of Sister Katherine "Sissy" Corr, passed a milestone producing the first loaf of bread for the new bakery. This first loaf was created in the shape of a bird, signifying the commitment to helping the bakery soar in output and success in the coming months.

As Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, committed to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, we feel privileged to have a connection to the people of Haiti and the Notre Dame ministries there through ongoing prayer and action. We continue to be concerned with the projected July 22, 2019 termination of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians since this will place an added burden on an already fragile country's resources as well as disrupt family life for those who have lived many years outside Haiti.

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