As we previously announced, the Vincentian Family will be commemorating the 350th anniversary of the deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac by launching Zafen.org. This joint project will enable people throughout the world to contribute to sustainable economic development in Haiti. The official launch for this exciting venture is April 1, 2010!

ZAFEN
‘It’s Our Business’

Welcome to the Internet Pathway for Haitian Economic Development
A joint project of
The worldwide Vincentian Family, Fonkoze, DePaul University,
and the Haitian Hometown Association Resource Group
Initiated on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the deaths
of St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul

As we previously announced, the Vincentian Family will be commemorating the 350th anniversary of the deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac by launching Zafen.org. This joint project will enable people throughout the world to contribute to sustainable economic development in Haiti. The official launch for this exciting venture is April 1, 2010!

We are enthusiastic about the myriad ways in which members of the Vincentian Family can become active in Zafen.org. The website will offer you the following ways to get involved:

Make micro-loans or donations as individuals
Make micro-loans or donations as groups (as a community or parish, choir group, a class in a school, or any other organization)
Give micro-credit as a gift (to a niece or nephew for their birthday, graduation, or other occasion)
Offer a year-long scholarship for a child’s education (a donation of $50 will not only cover the full year but will also be matched by the Vincentian Family and thus send two children through school for a year!)
Help Haiti toward re-forestation
Purchase Zafèn items (T-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, and more!)

In preparation for our launch, please consider these opportunities:
Visit our temporary website (www.zafen.org) and register to be alerted for the official launch
Show your support by purchasing Zafen logo products and t-shirts at http://www.zazzle.com/zafenou
Share information with others, both inside and outside the Vincentian Family, about this unique opportunity to contribute to sustainable, economic development in Haiti

We look forward to your participation in this meaningful opportunity to celebrate the lives of St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul, and to make a lasting difference in the lives of those in need.

Zafen “It’s Our Business”

Sincerely,
The Members of the Vincentian Family Board for the Pilot Micro-Credit Project in Haiti:
Mr. Eduardo Almeida, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Ms. Yasmine Cajuste, Vincentian Marian Youth
Ms. Jacqueline Casseus, International Association of Charities
Sr. Rosa María Sanchez, Daughters of Charity
Fr. Joseph Foley, Congregation of the Mission
Prof. Laura Hartman, DePaul University
Fr. Robert Maloney, Congregation of the Mission


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