Fire disaster near the St. Marie convent in Port au Prince

Dear Haitian Outreach Supporters:

We are sad to tell you that on Saturday, July 27th there was a fire disaster below the St. Marie convent in Port au Prince. A propane gas tank exploded and destroyed 18 structures. I use the word “home” loosely as these are nothing like we think of as a home. They were bare minimum with no running water.  The people that live there lost everything…….and they didn’t have much to begin with according to our American standards.  They only have the clothing on their backs left. Today someone passed away from the burn injuries they sustained. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to hose the wall between the fire and St. Marie and save the convent buildings!

Our Sisters, Daughters of the Queen Mary Immaculate are housing families. They have no food or clothing, except what they are wearing. They do not know if the structures will be rebuilt as this is community property. Haitian Outreach has 5 students along with their mothers and families living in that area. Thankfully they are all alive!

Haitian Outreach has sent a monetary donation to Sister Marie Fernange, Mother Superior of the order to assist with food, water and clothing. The need is great. If you would like to help, please send a donation to Haitian Outreach, PO Box 16, Fitchburg, MA 01420 and in the memo please note “Fire Victims”.  Donations will be sent directly to Sr. Fernange by John and Pauline Aliskevicz to help these people rebuild their lives. Such a tragedy is so heartbreaking.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Pauline at

Please keep the families and children in your prayers. God bless and keep you all safe.

Sincerely, Pauline & John Aliskevicz & Haitian Outreach Team

A few pictures we received are below.

Todd Parker