Hands Together Continues Response to Hurricane Matthew
HT continues to help the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. Even though the news stories of the hurricane have become quiet, the damage is very real and there is a long way to go in rebuilding. We continue to repair our headquarters in Port-au-Prince where our schools suffered flooding damage and the latrines at the high school were completely destroyed. We continue to provide critical care to the hardest hit areas of Jeremie and Les Cayes where roofs were ripped off buildings and people are in desperate need of shelter, food, and water.
Fr. Tom, Doug and HT staff are working with the Missionary Sisters of Charity and local parishes to provide food, water, and building supplies to help those displaced by the storm. Fr. Tom & Doug continue to make regular trips to Jeremie and Les Cayes to bring building supplies and food.
HT will continue to bring aid to those in the rural villages that will likely escape the eye of the larger relief agencies. We are grateful for any help you can give so that we can assist those who have lost everything!
For updates and more pictures click here. Also, check our Facebook page as we will be posting updates there as well.
We've received so many calls and emails from concerned donors who would like to help. To donate online please use the green button and be sure to designate your donation for Hurricane Relief or you can mail your donation to our office. Thank you so much for your support.
"Because, Doug, they have nobody else - these are the ones our Lord was talking about...we have no choice." Fr. Tom Hagan responding to Doug Campbell's question after many killings and theft, about why don't we help somewhere else.
Hands Together has been working alongside the very poor for over 25 years, providing hope and strength to the most destitute and violent areas of Haiti.
Our work is founded upon the Catholic teaching that recognizes the dignity of every human life and a fundamental responsibility to the poor and vulnerable.
All of our outreach programs are Haitian-run, with generous financial and material support coming from very special people, parishes and groups.
Archbishop Eugene M. Nugent, Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti writes:
"This is to state that I, Archbishop Eugene M. Nugent, Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti, do hereby recommend the work being carried out by Rev. Fr. Tom Hagan O.S.F.S, Mr. Doug Campbell, Executive Director and co-Founder as well as their associates who form Hands Together, a Catholic Missions charity in Haiti which is active in the poorest and most deprived areas of Port au Prince, Cap Haitien and Gonaives Dioceses.
I have been able to appreciate at first hand the wonderful work being done by Fr. Hagan and his team in very difficult circumstances and often in situations where their own lives are in danger. I can also vouch for the transparent way in which funds have been used so as to benefit the maximum number of people and in a way that addresses their real needs."
To read the Archbishop's letter in its entirety, please click here
NorCal parish prays for priest’s safety, Haiti after hurricane - KCRA3 News story Oct. 2016
Our Father - June 2016 Pennsylvania Gazette Article by Joseph DiStefano
Moving Outside of Ourselves by Serving the Poor - Feb 2014 Article by Toni Rossi
Haitian School Named for Becky DeWine Graduates First Class - August 2013 Columbus Dispatch article by Joe Hallett
Springfield, MA Deacons Visit Haiti - June 2013
Article by Iris Alderson in the Springfield Republican
Columbus Dispatch Article - August 2011
Joe Hallett writes about post-earthquake challenges facing HT
Catholic Exchange - July 30, 2010
Article on Mary's Meals with Recent info on Hands Together
Catholic Standard and Times
Article on Fr. Tom Hagan
Hope you enjoy this video, beautifully produced by Eric Porter and set to music by HT's own Jimmy Belabre, of the visit of Assumption College women's soccer team to HT for our special Christmas celebration and the inauguration of the new soccer field.
Here is a short video thanking the Jones Day Foundation for funding the amazing artificial turf soccer field that we just opened - with scenes from the December 2015 inauguration:
Here is a video summary of our 2015 work: