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Thriving Villages is the overarching organisation which helps to connect together many separate projects and individuals who are striving to make a difference in the community. One such group comprises of Sister Fidelis, Sister Jo & Sister Vicky at the Sunrise House.

Sister Fidelis was born in Michigan, and had a successful career in the USA. She gave up her highly paid position to move to Haiti to help the people. Both her and Sister Josephine instantly fell in love with the population, with their high spirits, exuberant energy and hard working ethos.

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They were contacted by the Sylvania Franciscan Health, CEO Jim Pope, an organisation in Ohio, USA.
“We had the opportunity to listen to a visiting priest share his organization’s ministry to the very needy people of Haiti,” Jim said. “As part of his message, he was telling us how far a little investment could go in Haiti. For just $5,000 you could build a house for a Haitian family. As I sat there listening to his message, I thought, Sylvania Franciscan Health could and should help a Haitian family have a new home.”

Sr. Fidelis and Sr. Josephine thought it would be a good idea, too, but they also knew there was a bigger need than just building one house. The question they posed was, what if we build a “guest house” to accommodate those, who in answering God’s call, find themselves providing healthcare to the many needy people who live in Haiti?

And so the Sunrise House was born, a focal point of the community, where the population can come to share their problems and get advice. It is also where they sisters can share their knowledge, teach the local population important measures in safety and cleanliness, as well as helping to stimulate growth in micro businesses, be it pottery, weaving, sewing, or any number of things available in Pestel.

Through these cottage industries they hope to be able to add to the sustainability of Pestel's economy, and help stimulate growth and change for the better.

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It is also a place for others to come from a far to see for themselves the success that is being sown, and to offer their own support. Visitors from America often come and stay at the lodge to shaire their experience and advice, and to give spiritual support and guidance also.

The sisters have been joined by Vicky recently to continue their work, for they do not know how much longer they can keep it up by themselves. There is still much to teach, and much to do, but the situation is definitely better thanks to the hard work of these ladies.

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