Helping Haiti Ministry

  • St. Damien Pediatric Hospital & Fr. Rick

    St. Louis ​Church has a 30 ​year tradition of helping Fr. Rick Frechette and his work with St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. Funded through private contributions to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) USA (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), St. Damien Pediatric Hospital provides high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti.

    Fr. Rick holding a Hatian child and checking their heart rate with a stethoscope

    More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV while 25% are admitted for non-infectious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney infection. Most patients admitted are also malnourished. The outpatient clinic treats ​approximately 100 children daily, for acute, parasitic, and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart diseases, tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months or years if needed.

    St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health programs of Nos Petit Frères et Soeurs (NPFS- French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) reach over 80,000 children annually.

  • Updates from Haiti

    Fr. Rick and the Haiti team send out regular updates and we share them out on our "Ministry Updates" page. Click the button below to read the latest updates from Fr. Rick and his team.

    Ministry Updates

  • More from Fr. Rick

    What to learn more about Fr. Rick and his ministry? Try picking up a copy of his book, "Haiti: The God of Tough Places, the Lord of Burnt Men" (Available on Amazon).

  • Fundraising Events

    2021 Christmas Ornament Sale

    December 4th & 5th following Mass you can stop by the Helping Haiti table in the Narthex to purchase christmas ornaments and support the work being done at St. Damien's Hospital. Suggested donation is $5 per ornament.

    There will also be "Shop Around" coupon books available with a suggested donation of $25 per book. 

    If you miss the sale after Mass you can still stop by the Ministry Center (64 S. Main Street) during the week to pick up an ornament or visit one of the participating Merchants listed in our Ministry Update, linked here. 

    51st Annual Corn Sale: September 11th & 12th

    Help us support Fr. Rick Frechette’s work in Haiti! Enjoy some delicious local corn and donate to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital who treats children in desperate need with out cost to their families.

    After all Masses here on September 11th and 12th, the Powers Farm on Marsh Road will again, have their freshly harvested corn at church, with all donations going to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-Au-Prince (a 501c3 entity).
    The suggested donation for 1 bag of corn (6 ears) is $5.00.
    If donating by check, please make it payable to St. Louis Church and write Haiti in the memo line.