Hinche, Haiti


Maison Fortuné Orphanage
June 18 – 24, 2018

Maison Fortuné Orphanage is located near the city of Hinche in the central plateau region of Haiti, approximately three hours by vehicle from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Saint Gertrude students traveled to Maison Fortuné for the first time in 2017 and established a special connection with the children of the orphanage. We elected to return to Maison Fortuné and deepen that relationship in 2018.

Founded in February of 2000 by a young Haitian man named Lefort Jean-Louis, the orphanage offers the orphaned and less fortunate children in the area a safe alternative to living in the streets. The orphanage provides food, shelter, clothing, and an education to over 250 children and teens, all in a loving Christian environment. Referred to in Haiti as kokorat or grapiay (a Haitian term meaning “leftovers”), some of the children had simply been left to live in the streets and had it not been for this remarkable man and his orphanage, it is believed many of them probably would have died. While much has been accomplished at the orphanage, there is still much more to be done. As the number of children continues to grow, staff must continue to meet their needs.

Partners in Ministry

Maison Fortuné Orphanage is supported by a number of parishes and educational institutions, and has hosted experiences for students from:

  • Old Dominion University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Penn State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Stony Brook University
  • Randolph Macon College
  • Carleton University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

The Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation is a Virginia-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that raises funds for the support and expansion of the orphanage, with major support for the Foundation being provided by:

  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Catholic Church of St. Mark, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • St. Therese Catholic Church, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach

“Everyday I think about the kids I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know. On the trip I learned that I can be happy with way less than what I have because real happiness comes with quality over quantity in any situation.” – Erin Sullivan ’19