Concordia University Portland
The partnership between Concordia U and St.Gabriel's Secondary School starts back in 2010 when Barbara Floyd, then a Professor of Nursing in the Concordia U Nursing Department, met Pierre Louis in a city not far from Fontaine, called Hinche. At the time Pierre Louis was beginning his educational journey to New York for his year at Siena College. Professor Floyd was blown away by his mission and dedication to Fontaine that she wrote him a sponsorship check on the spot. Two years passed and Professor Floyd returned to Hinche to volunteer, at which point she was invited to see the construction of St.Gabriel's School in Fontaine. During her brief visit to the construction site, a group of students asked her,
"Will you stand with us?"
she gulped and answered, "I will try."
This January 2019 will mark the 4th Concordia University trip down to Fontaine.
Each mission trip has consisted of the following:
– English classes
– First aid classes
– Hypertension lectures
– Swing Dance classes
– Sex Education lectures
– Pregnancy prevention and STI classes
We appreciate Barbara Floyd's dedication and willingness to
"stand with" the Haitian community.