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Father Joseph established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank for the poor (Fonkoze), which has given literacy training and financial opportunity to hundreds of thousands of peasant women and their families. He also founded a 700-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, and a radio station; he has built dozens of homes, and he created the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural college. Along the way, several of Father Joseph’s friends and colleagues were murdered because of their work for the poor. Almost all of Father Joseph’s 25 years of work was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is rebuilding with an inspiring humor and determination.

Jeff Kaufman interview with Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB Boston

 

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I try to empower the poor, young people, woman, and peasants. We want to help everyone recognize that they have a lot of gifts, even though they are poor, to give to the community by working together as a body. We can grow together as human beings and complete each other, and learn from each other. We can become bridge-builders and peacemakers, for ourselves, for the others, and for the world.”

Father Joseph B. Philippe

If you want something new, you have to do something that you have never done before.

Father Joseph B. Philippe - July 2014

If you always do, what you have always done, you will get what you always got.

Father Joseph B. Philippe - July 2014

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

UNIF sign

UNIF sign

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

University of Fondwa

University of Fondwa

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

student, APF K-12 school, Fondwa

student, APF K-12 school, Fondwa

July 23, 2014

river crossing, Central Plateau

river crossing, Central Plateau

July 23, 2014

OCCINE “CINE” CHERY

OCCINE “CINE” CHERY

July 23, 2014

OCCINE “CINE” CHERY at work

OCCINE “CINE” CHERY at work

July 23, 2014

National Cathedral

National Cathedral

July 23, 2014

Junior Beauvais and his grandmother walk to Fondwa market

Junior Beauvais and his grandmother walk to Fondwa market

July 23, 2014

Fonkoze client

Fonkoze client

July 23, 2014

Fondwa orphanage, school day

Fondwa orphanage, school day

July 23, 2014

Fondwa dawn

Fondwa dawn

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph, UNIF

Father Joseph, UNIF

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph, in Tomgoto

Father Joseph, in Tomgoto

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph, Fondwa home

Father Joseph, Fondwa home

July 23, 2014

Father Alphonse with photo of Father Vincent

Father Alphonse with photo of Father Vincent

July 23, 2014

Evens, Junior, and Enel

Evens, Junior, and Enel

July 23, 2014

Evens and Junior walk home

Evens and Junior walk home

July 23, 2014

Enel, Junior, Evens

Enel, Junior, Evens

July 23, 2014

cooking, market

cooking, market

July 23, 2014

APF K-12 school teacher Rose

APF K-12 school teacher Rose

July 23, 2014

APF K-12 school in Fondwa

APF K-12 school in Fondwa

July 23, 2014

Father William Smarth, Port-au-Prince

Father William Smarth, Port-au-Prince

July 23, 2014

Father William Smarth, interview

Father William Smarth, interview

July 23, 2014

Dancing

Dancing

July 23, 2014

Cine & Solomon's band

Cine & Solomon’s band

July 23, 2014

Occine Cine Chery

Occine Cine Chery

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph, APF election

Father Joseph, APF election

July 23, 2014

Fondwa Market

Fondwa Market

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph's 25th anniversary service

Father Joseph’s 25th anniversary service

July 23, 2014

Father Joseph, early morning walk

Father Joseph, early morning walk

July 23, 2014

Morning in Fondwa

Morning in Fondwa

July 23, 2014

Cine & Solomon's band

Cine & Solomon’s band

July 23, 2014