Right from its start in 2008, IC Haiti was blessed to be affiliated with the Saint
Boniface Haiti Foundation, a nonprofit started by the parishioners of Saint
Boniface in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1992, after less than ten years of active
involvement in Haiti, SBHF expanded their medical clinic in Fond des Blancs into
a hospital (St. Boniface Hospital) which is now the largest health care provider and
tertiary care center in southern Haiti. The first visit to Haiti by IC Haiti board
members was to the hospital in Fond des Blancs and its surrounding area.
Subsequently, in response to the many needs of the people in the Fond des Blancs
area, funding from IC Haiti was provided to dig deep water wells for two nearby
rural communities, to support both cervical cancer and dentalcare screening
programs at the hospital, and to provide scholarships for students seeking a
secondary school education. Fr. Marc Piche, IC pastor during this time, endorsed a
plan to have four second collections taken up each year to support the mission of
IC Haiti. In April of 2009, the IRS approved IC Haiti as a 501 © 3 tax exempt
In January, 2010, a devastating earthquake in the Port-au-Prince area resulted in
approximately 250,000 deaths and over 300,000 serious injuries. A tremendous
strain was put upon St. Boniface Hospital, and IC Haiti was quick to offer
emergency funding for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries. Later that
year, board members became focused on the educational needs of young people in
the Fond des Blancs area whose school buildings were either inadequate or
destroyed by the earthquake. A commitment was made to build and maintain an
elementary school for the rural community of Puit Chacha, three and a half miles
south of Fond des Blancs. Fr. Paul Berube proposed naming the school for Fr.
Marc Piche which the board approved at its November 2010 meeting. Fr. Marc
died in December.
Construction of the Fr. Marc Piche Elementary School (K through 6) began in
April 2011 and was completed that October with 200 students enrolled.
Immaculate Conception Parish’s new pastor Fr. Timothy Harrison and a few
members of the IC Haiti Board of Directors attended the dedication of the school.