The St. Luc Foundation is a Haitian, nonprofit, Catholic foundation dedicated to education, healthcare, community development, agricultural investment and emergency relief programs, whose activities impact up to 90.000 people a year. Founded by Father Rick Frechette CP, an American priest and physician, and developed and expanded under the leadership of Jean Nebez Augustin, the foundation is the fruit of more than 26 years of experience of working in Haiti.
Special emphasis is placed on working with young Haitians, many of them raised in the orphanages of Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs, sharing with them a vision of the development of Haiti based on hard work, integrity, Christian values, and the insights elicited from the young Haitians themselves. The programs of the Saint Luc Foundation employ over 1,000 people.
After reaching the objective of stabilization of the number of students and recognition of the school as point of reference for the communities, the Foundation has decided to convert the basic structures of the 3 schools in adequate facilities to accommodate students and put them in the best conditions to live the school experience. At the same time, the Foundation has involved the students’ parents by offering most of them work in the construction of the new facilities. Since 2013 the Foundation has adopted the schools of St. Philomene, Notre Dame du Rosaire and St. Augustin, providing continuity to the structures with the project Wheat to cover the costs of salaries and insurance. Thanks to this the number of students has stabilized, and the community has recognized in the school a point of reference. This has allowed the conversion from “street schools” to real schools. The Foundation with EDU project has achieved:
- construction of the school St Philomene in Kenscoff;
- construction of the school St. Augustin in Abricot;
- purchase of the land and construction of the school Notre Dame du Rosaire in Croix des Bouquets.
Turning street school St. Philomene, Notre Dame du Rosaire e St. Augustin in real structures functional and safe, equipped with updated learning programs, training programs for teachers, appropriate teaching materials, library, computer lab, canteen. All this to raise the level of education to the one of national and international standards.
Number of direct beneficiaries
|Number of inhabitants in the area||36,000|
|Number of children involved||950|
|Number of persons employed||34|
|Number of teachers||21|
|Number of indirect beneficiaries||8,550|
St. Augustin – Abricot
Abricot is a village located at two hours drive, from Jeremie. Families live mainly on farming and fishing. These activities are carried out randomly and do not guarantee for this reason adequate quantities for sustenance. St. Augustin school situated in Abricot Jeremie, accommodates 600 students coming from the nearby villages. On average every student walks three kilometers, every morning, to reach school. The school building at the moment has been built only partially, and some classes are grouped together to make the most of the space available, students can be even around sixty in one classroom.