Posted by: jaltenburg | October 19, 2016

Donations needed to rebuild Chantal Haiti

Hurricane Matthew has caused catastrophic damage in Chantal.   90 % of homes are either totally destroyed or without roofs. The dispensary itself is intact but the nun’s home is damaged beyond repair.  Sister Mona and the other nuns are living in a room of the dispensary. The school roof for L’Ecole de Ste Jeanne, the priest’s school, and the public school are all without roofs and some of the smaller schools are destroyed. Other civic structures in the village are severely damaged and many churches have no roofs. Livestock, crops, and the beautiful fruit trees were washed away.
Funds for roofing tin,  pharmaceuticals, and clinic supplies are desperately needed.  Sister Mona, our wonderful partner on the ground, has identified shelter for the most vulnerable who do not have families who can assist them, as the first priority.  Here is the donation process for Hurricane relief:
To donate by check send donations to:
Rev. Yves Francois
Sacred Heart Church
901 SW 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
All donations are tax deductible.
To donate on-line go to:
Father Yves and Dr.Sarah John are currently in Chantal assessing the damage.  Intentions are to still conduct a mission trip in January 2017  but that will depend on their assessment.  Further details will follow.   As stated by Fr. Yves:  “Thanks for your help! Remember, whatever you do for the least of your brothers, you do it for Jesus Himself. Let’s put a roof over the head of Jesus! God bless you! “

Our next Medical/Dental Mission to Chantal, Haiti, is scheduled for Sunday January 22th to Sunday January 29th, 2017 . I encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. We need Physicians, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Nurses, Pharmacists, etc… We also need the support and help of benefactors to help pay for the cost of the mission, such as buying prescription and non-prescription medicines. So your financial support is greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. Travel to Port-au-Prince is on Sunday January 22nd and we’ll spend the night at nun’s Guesthouse. We will travel to Chantal early on Monday morning where we will work with the Nuns (The Immaculate Sisters of Mary Immaculate). At the end of our week, we will return to Port-au-Prince and depart to the United States.. The Nun’s guesthouse charges $50 a night. For this reason, the contribution to participate in the Medical/Dental Mission is $600. $100 will go to the Nun’s Guesthouse in Port-au-prince for the 2 nights that we’ll spend there and the rest to cover the cost of transportation, translation, food, buying prescription medicines, etc… If you plan to come early or stay longer at the end, please consider the extra nights at the guesthouse and include the cost in your donation. I encourage volunteers to sign up early so that we can reserve rooms at the Nun’s Guesthouse. Send your contribution to:
Rev. Yves Francois
901 SW 6th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
The Medical/Dental Mission to Chantal, Haiti, is a priceless and a life changing experience. Yes the people of Chantal desperately need your help. But as much as you give, you will also receive and words will not be sufficient to describe your experience. So, let’s change the world one person at a time. Let’s make it a better place one town at a time. Fill out an application on the blog in the “Team Preparation” page and send it to me at” or to Dr. Sarah John at”. May God bless you!
Rev. Yves Francois

Posted by: jaltenburg | April 25, 2015

Help Needed for School Children in Chantal

Dear Friends of Chantal:
I just got back from Chantal, unfortunately for a family tragedy. I was there for 7 days. It is now the rainy season and the situation is not good for the people there, especially for the kids at the School run by the nuns. Those that were at the last medical mission could see that there were two (2) classes that meet in the school yard. It is because there are not enough classrooms. On a beautiful day, it is great to be outside. However, during the rainy season it is a nightmare. They have to be sent to different classrooms or home. We are trying to see how we can help build two new classrooms in the school. Please help! An education is the only opportunity to get out of extreme poverty. Please, help us help the nuns give some of the kids in Chantal that opportunity. Here is how you can help:
1- A bag of concrete gray cement costs $11. We need 1350 bags for the project. You can buy one or 10 or 20 or 100  or more bags of cement .
2- A concrete black costs $1,25. We need 5000 concrete blocks for the project. You can buy 10 or 20 or 100 or more concrete blocks.
3- A tone of rebar (Iron rebars) cost $900. We need 21 tones of rebars for the project. You can buy 1/4 tone, half a tone, 1 tone or more of rebars.
4- a truck of gravel costs $125. we need 40 trucks of gravel. You can help buy half a truck or a truck or more of gravel.
5- Each window costs $550. we need 6 windows. Maybe you help pay for a window or more or contribute toward the purchase of a window.
6- Each door costs $250. We need 2 doors
7- Electrical work is estimated at a cost of $6200. Maybe you contribute toward that or pay for it.
8- A square meter of tiles cost $20. We need 200 square meters of floor tiles. You can help buy a square meter or more floor tiles.
9- Labor:
    a) Concrete labor including posing of concrete block, footing, stuccoing: $13,000.
    b) Roofing labor. Roof will be poured concrete roof so that we can add two more classrooms on the second floor later. Roof framing: $3500. Rebar setting for the roof: $2000. Roof setting including concrete mixing, pouring: $2700.
There you have it, friends. The kids need you in Chantal. We can make it happen for them. We can give them a better tomorrow. We can prepare the future nurses, doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, teachers, accounts, etc… for Chantal. I know economically it is tight for everyone. But no contribution is too small. If you are able to help, please make check to:
Sacred Heart Church with mention in the note section: school in Haiti. and send it to me at:
Rev. Yves Francois
901 SW. 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Your contribution is tax deductible.  Our next medical mission is scheduled for January 24 to January 30, 2016. We will be able to visit the kids in their new classrooms when we get to Chantal, for those that are going. May God bless your generosity!
Rev. Yves Francois
Posted by: jaltenburg | February 15, 2014

The January 2014 Team is back!

The team had another successful medical-dental trip to Chantal and Canon Haiti.  Many thanks to all the team members and those who so generously contributed to the success of this trip.

2014 January Medical-Dental Team

2014 January Medical-Dental Team

Posted by: jaltenburg | January 28, 2013

Building a new clinic…

The January 2013 team has returned!  Fourty-four members including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other volunteers gave much needed care to the least fortunate in Chantal and Canon Haiti.    The next medical mission trip will take place in January 2014.  Follow this blog to stay informed of dates and news.  Although the next trip is one year away there is much to do including raising money for a new clinic.  Please go to the Building Campaign page of the blog to learn more.