On June 13th 1985 St. Nicholas’s newly formed Haitian Outreach Ministry had its first gathering. Our parish has now been linked with St. Anne’s in Maissade, Haiti for 27 years. It is one of the oldest twinning relationships in the diocese of Richmond. That first meeting began with much enthusiasm and continues today as both St. Anne’s & St. Nicholas walk in solidarity with one another.
Father Robert Michel attends to the needs of St. Anne’s Parish, four mission churches and a large primary school and a high school.
Recently Father Robert was able to get tagged on to a government grant to get some much needed, well overdue repairs done to the primary school.
The students took classes outside under a temporary shelter and underneath a tree.
Father Robert hopes to one day get the funding needed to add a kitchen and dinning area to the school to offer a safer environment for the children to eat lunch as well as a gathering place for villagers.
In 2005 the idea for a Sustainable “Farm Project” in Maissade was born. It is currently being used as a production/training farm. St. Nicholas offered up the deed for the land in an effort to get a matching grant to kick off the project. The project is a joint effort between Virginia Tech., USAID, the diocese of Richmond and Caritas Hinche. To date a Storage Facility, a road to the farm, fencing around a portion of the farm and a tilapia pond has been completed.
The Haiti Twinning Committee currently supports the following projects in an effort to help out the children of St. Anne’s school.