Promoting a global culture of solidarity with the poor - in Haiti, Africa, and beyond. - for a more just and sustainable world   .  .  .  

Rich in Mercy Institute


The project is coordinated by Sr. Denise Desil, PSST.  Her community, the Little Sisters of St. Therese, began work in Barraderes in 1972

Little Sisters of St. Therese: Barraderes Programs

Little Sisters of St. Therese:  General Support

The Rich in Mercy Institute (RIM) provides general support for the Little Sisters’ ministries in conjunction  with the tri-IHM committee of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHMs) from Monroe, MI, Scranton and Philadelphia, PA who have partnered with the Haitian Sisters for more than 7 years.  

Rich in Mercy (RIM) provides financial support for the Barraderes Project which provides food support (rations of rice, beans, sugar and oil) to 300 elderly residents who are “at risk” for malnutrition and chronic hunger. Food is distributed monthly based on available supplies.  Additionally the project provides basic health care for “seniors” and classes in embroidery, cooking, and sewing for local youth. 

Little Sisters of St. Therese

The Little Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus are an indigenous order of Haitian religious women devoted to educating poor children and adults; teaching environmentally sound agricultural techniques; helping meet medical needs; and providing programs for the promotion of women. 


They have about 200 members and 42 missions scattered throughout Haiti. They work with almost 150,000 Haitians each year in their elementary and secondary schools, teacher preparation center, hospitals, clinics, programs for handicapped children, professional centers for young women, orphanages, homes for the elderly, farms, and adult education.