The Friends of Haiti began as part of the Parish Twinning
Program in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2000, St. Philip the Apostle
Parish of Green Bay, Wisconsin, led by Father Larry Canavera, was
paired with St. Anne Parish of Thomazeau, Haiti. The initial
purpose was to extend friendship and support to the people of a 5th
world country. A 5th world country is defined as a country
In 2004, reaching out to a broader base of support, The Friends
of Haiti incorporated and is now an independent 501 (c) (3)
entity. As a result, The Friends of Haiti is able to accept
tax deductible gifts.
The initial emphasis of The Friends of Haiti was to provide
medical missions twice a year to St. Anne and its 11 chapels,
approximately 60,000 people. Under the direction of the
Development Committee led by John Malcheski, Friends of Haiti
has been instrumental in getting running water to mountain
villages. Now, the current major service areas are health
care, education, clean water, agriculture and economic
The Friends of Haiti are people of all faiths and backgrounds
who volunteer their time, skills and resources. People who
join us on our missions cover their own travel costs and
incidentals. The Friends of Haiti arranges for most of the
food, transportation and interpreters while in Haiti.
Frequently people use their vacation time to join the missions. In
addition to people from many U. S. states, our volunteers include
members of The Haitian American Nurses Association and many of the
Haitian people themselves, who offer to do what they can to help us
have successful missions which help their people.
The success of The Friends of Haiti has not only rested with
those who go on the mission. The success also depends on
those who stay behind and provide encouragement and support.
The missions are a year round team effort enabling the long held
dream to help the people of Haiti to come to fruition.
Friends of Haiti is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
PO Box 1174 | Green Bay, WI 54305 |