Saint-Patrick School -- Locorbe, Haiti


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School kids at Saint-Patrick

“The ancient vision of a healed world demands that all people have decent and dignified life possibilities – clean water, adequate food, shelter, medical care, education for their children...”

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori

Revde Denise Tervine, here with students at Saint Patrick in Oct 2017, is St. Jude's partner in Haiti.  One of the first women to be ordained in Haiti, she is responsible for Saint Patrick and two other schools.


For the 2017-18 school year, all sixth grade students at Saint Patrick school passed their year-end exams to advance to the next grade level.  Of the 124 students enrolled in first through sixth grades, 89% passed to progress to the next grade level.

At year-end, including kindergarden, there were 148 students at Saint-Patrick, 74 boys and 74 girls.


New for 2017 and continuing during the current school year is a hot lunch program at Saint Patrick made possible by St. Jude parishioners and Vestry provided support. 

Saint Jude's provides the funds necessary to purchase rice, beans, fish and canned protien in Haiti.  Parent volunteers cook and serve the food.  For most students this has become their primary meal of the day. 




Since 2011, St. Jude’s has partnered to serve and strengthen the Episcopal mission community and primary school of Saint-Patrick School in an area named Locorbe on the central plateau of Haiti.  Students walk from family farms to attend PreK through 6th grade classes at Saint-Patrick.  

Kids at recess


Support for student tuitions, classroom materials, and a new well for safe water at St. Patrick have been made possible through our partnership.

There is much to do to build up Saint Patrick’s as an institution and help it become self-sustaining.  Through tuition support and funds for the purchase of curriculum materials, St. Jude's provides support for about 75% of the cost of operating the school.

Individual parishioner support

Individual St. Jude’s parishioners have opened their hearts to Saint Patrick’s and also provided financial support.  Through December 2017, over $50,000 of individual donations have been received. There are four categories of support:

  1. Tuition and feeding  - on behalf of Saint Patrick School provide support for individual student tuitions that go towards teacher salaries and the operating cost of the school.
  2. School lunches -  for purchase of food supplies - rice, beans, canned protein and fish - used in the school's hot lunch program.
  3. Enhanced learning environment at Saint-Patrick - textbooks, study materials, supplemental books, classroom enrichment, book cabinets for classroom mini-libraries.
  4. Financial aid for continuing studies - for students who have graduated from Saint-Patrick. 

Location of St. Patrick

From our initial clergy partner Fr. Amirold Lazard:  “We are all grateful for all you've done and what you are willing to do for us.  Blessings to all our friends in California.   Lazard+”

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.