Many of us have had those days when you wonder if what you do makes a difference in this life. As St. John Henry Newman, for whom the Newman Centers, found on many college campuses, were named, believed, “God…has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.”
The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti ministry is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters in Haiti and helping where we can by offering many services including medical/health care and educational programs.
Outreach has an Education Scholarship Program that helps young people to attend primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Haiti. Without this program, these young people would find it difficult and maybe impossible to earn an education and develop their potential.
Please know you do make a difference as shown by the following thank you note from a young man who benefitted annually with a scholarship donated by the same U.S. sponsor.
This is me Scott David FELIX. I am this young boy you've been helping since I was a kid and today, I am very thankful and happy to get in touch with you and asking about you during this health crisis. Hoping that you and your family and all those people in your life are good and in shape.
You have made a big impact in my whole life - even in my family as well. I wanted to let you know how good I am and how excited I am pursuing my dream through your help. I am about to complete my degree in Marketing Management and Public Relations and through the grace of Outreach to Haiti I do finish my school and now my degree.
It's an honor and great joy to tell you what I am doing now in Haiti as you are helping me. I have always wanted to give back and this is what I am doing for some projects and people. I am actually the coordinator of an ecotourism project at *FORÊT DES PINS* which is a green area in Haiti. Doing this kind of job consists of changing people's lives and it is magic, and it helps me to know and I can feel how big is your heart.
All I want is making you proud of me and hopefully inspire you and other people to keep helping us even if I know how hard it is nowadays due to all the issues you might be facing. However, you can count on me to keep doing the job YOU’RE doing! Please receive this letter written directly on my phone.
Your friend, Scott
Sometimes we can lose sight of the people whose lives we are affecting - Scott is one of MANY- who have been assisted through Outreach over the years. Each of us is an important link and we hope you know the difference you make in this life through your actions.
By Susan Wallace
If you would like to know more about our work or contribute to our education programs, please visit OutreachtoHaiti.org or call our office 860-800-3604.