The congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition is a French
Missionary Congregation, spread in 30 countries of the world with almost 1,000
members of 36 nationalities. It was founded by St. Emilie de Vialar in 1832.
The ‘’Centre St. Joseph’’ was started by Sr. Anne Camille COYRET French missionary
Sister of St. Joseph of the Apparition, in the year 1983 to help the most abandoned
and poorest children in the diocese of Gonaives in Haiti. Being a nurse by profession
she began to work with the handicapped children and also began a school for the
poor children who could not go to school due to various difficult situations.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition have been working in Gonaives for the past 34 years and following is a list of activities which they are involved in.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition in Gonaives have:
1. St. Joseph’s School: A regular free school for those who cannot pay for their
education. Total strength of this school is 630 children at present.
2. St. Joseph Nutritional Centre for Mother and Child Care: which has 70
mothers and babies. They come for nutrition and formation every day from
Monday to Friday.
3. St. Joseph’s Sewing Centre: Training young women to sew in order to earn a
living for themselves and their families. This centre is presently being updated
to include other crafts like basket making.
4. St. Joseph’s centre for the handicapped children: which treats over 294
children regularly besides many others who come for temporary treatment
and walking aids.
Child of Haiti is a registered charity (Ref. 19840) established in 2011 to help
and support the poor and disadvantaged people of Haiti.
Our mission: To improve the quality of life for the People of Haiti.