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“An empty stomach has no ears.  One must be fed before one will listen”

 

 

 

THE JOURNEY

 

Kindred  \kin-drəd\ adj : of a similar nature or character

Journey  \jər-nē\   n : something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another

-  Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

There is simply no more fitting name to describe the core mission of this humble, faith-based organization, tirelessly dedicated to assisting the poorest of the poor in the nearby country of Haiti.  By living amongst the peasants of the Central Plateau in the region surrounding the village of Pandiassou, over the past several decades the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Incarnation have made great strides in improving the lives of thousands of Haitian citizens -- all this while working diligently to educate them and to instill sound Christian values.  In the words of their leader, Brother Francklin Armand, their primary objective is “to become one with the peasants” so that they can facilitate their physical and spiritual passage to a better standard of living. 

Reducing the kind of endemic poverty that has ravaged this region for hundreds of years is no simple task.  But the Little Brothers and Sisters have a clear-cut, four-pronged strategy, focused in four key areas:

 Haitian Girl with Bicycle Crossing Stream

·         Basic infrastructure development

·         General education of children and adults

·         Creation of economic opportunities

·         Spiritual formation and growth

Kindred Journey Fund Inc. is a U.S.-based registered 501(c)(3) public charity which serves as a key financing source for the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Incarnation.   Although formally established as a corporation in 1989, the founders of Kindred Journey have been actively working to support the efforts of the Little Brothers and Sisters ever since the early 1980’s. 

Monsignor Arnold Gaus, a leader of Kindred Journey Fund, Inc., often reminds us that “An empty stomach has no ears.  One must be fed before one will listen”.  In other words, before investing effort in education and spiritual development, he clearly understood that the primary focus had to be placed on meeting the fundamental subsistence needs of the local people.  As such, funding provided by Kindred Journey has been concentrated almost exclusively in the area of infrastructure development, geared to the establishment of reliable sources of water and nutrition for the local people.  Please refer to our Projects page for more details on how donations have been and are being successfully used.

 


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