Fr. Robert Maloney writes “As Zafèn begins its second year, our micro-finance project in Haiti is preparing another fundraising initiative to educate Haiti’s children. The Zafèn team would be very grateful if you would give this message wide circulation within your branch of the Family, using whatever means of communication you judge most apt. Thank you for your very generous support of Zafèn and of those living in dire poverty in Haiti.  We will continue to keep you informed about our progress.

Dear Members of the International Vincentian Family,

The Vincentian Family has just launched the second year of our scholarship program with the

Foundation for the Technological and Economic Advancement of Mirebalais (FATEM) to educate economically disadvantaged elementary students in Haiti. Last year, your support educated more than 2,000 Haitian children in 14 rural schools, each of whom received a nutritious daily meal and the school supplies necessary for success. We accomplished this through Zafèn, the online microfinance initiative the International Vincentian Family created to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the deaths of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac.

Your support has laid a solid foundation for the future by enabling these children to read and write, opening worlds of possibilities to them. To continue this progress, may I ask you to consider making an individual donation of $50 to send one Haitian child to school next year? Or, consider combining the resources of your community to fund 10 scholarships for $500, 20 scholarships for $1,000 or a full school of 100 students for $5,000.

The Vincentian Family is standing behind your support and is prepared to double your gift. This means that for every child you send to school, the Family will send another. Although we empowered many children last year, there are thousands more in the Central Plateau whose futures will be transformed through education if we can secure the funding to deliver it.

FATEM is training teachers especially for these schools to ensure the very best outcomes for these children. I hope you can find it in your heart to invest in Haiti by investing in its youth. Please click here to make your gift:

  • $50 for 1 child
  • $500 for 10 children
  • $1,000 for 20 children
  • $5,000 for 100 children


Robert P. Maloney, C.M.

Chairperson, Vincentian Family Board for the Haiti Project

Letter Vincentian Family FATEM scholarships (Word format)

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