Patrick Brun, head of The Haitian Project’s partner foundations in Haiti and Haitian private-sector leader, kneels at center with workers constructing the perimeter wall of Louverture Cleary School 2 in Haiti's Plateau Central region in the Diocese of Gonaïves. (Courtesy The Haitian Project)
Patrick Brun, head of The Haitian Project’s partner foundations in Haiti and Haitian private-sector leader, kneels at center with workers constructing the perimeter wall of Louverture Cleary School 2 in Haiti's Plateau Central region in the Diocese of Gonaïves. (Courtesy The Haitian Project)

The Haitian Project broke ground on a second Louverture Cleary School this June in Haiti’s Central Plateau region in the Diocese of Gonaïves.

The project gets regular support from Oregon Catholics, including a team at The Madeleine Parish that organizes an annual Northeast Portland garage sale for the cause.

“Education, and especially Catholic education, is the best and most appropriate charitable engagement in Haiti, which has only been made more relevant by what’s unfolding in the country right now,” said Colby Bowker,  vice president and chief communications officer at The Haitian Project.

“And there is no doubt in our minds that the development of a national system of top-notch Catholic secondary schools like the one we are developing currently would be a game changer for Haiti.”

Building on three decades of success at the project’s flagship Louverture Cleary School just outside of Port-au-Prince, that campus will be replicated to create the Louverture Cleary Schools Network, a national system of 10 tuition-free, Catholic secondary boarding schools combined with a robust university scholarship program. Each new school will be established in a different diocese or department of Haiti, increasing access to education outside of the nation’s capital.

The $7.4 million model campus project is the first phase of the overall $73 million Louverture Cleary Schools Network plan. The phase encompasses site development and construction of the model campus, as well as the development of the sites and initial buildings for two new schools.

“Breaking ground on the model campus is a monumental step forward for the network and for Haiti,” said Patrick Brun, head of The Haitian Project’s partner foundations in Haiti and Haitian private-sector leader. “And the network is exactly what Haiti needs at this moment. If you know the history or have been following current events in Haiti, you will realize the importance of education to resolve the problems of the country. This program specifically is the largest program in education that the country will ever see. We need points of light all over the territory, and this is what the network will finally bring to Haiti.”

In a country that not only suffers from the constant expatriation of young, educated people but also the migration of people from the provinces to the capital Port-au-Prince, the Louverture Cleary Schools Network serves the goals of stemming the brain drain while promoting decentralization to help mitigate the overcrowding occurring in Port-au-Prince. Organizers predict a Louverture Cleary School in each department of Haiti will help stimulate regional economies and support structures that will encourage development throughout the country, not just in the capital city, opening all regions of the country to enable Haiti’s emergence as a thriving nation.

When realized, the Louverture Cleary Schools Network will eventually provide 3,600 students with a Catholic education and 1,200 alumni with scholarships to Haitian universities each year. 

Learn more

For more information about the model campus and The Louverture Cleary Schools Network or to donate, visit haitianproject.org.