Sophomore takes on Haiti

Raeghan Smith, ‘17
Will travel to Haiti this summer on July 11 through July 18. She is going with the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to a commune in Haiti called St. Marc and will be visiting two schools; Good Samaritan School and James Stein High School. The Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s mission is to assist the parishioners in the Diocese of Gonaives, and provide them with various teachings and skills to help them in the future. It also provides educational opportunities to the poor living. She will teach the students English, make arts and crafts, and sing songs with them.
                                                          
“Relief for Haiti is something I have always felt really passionate about ever since the earthquake in 2011 and I am excited to have this opportunity to go and do whatever I can to help,” said Raeghan from Crofton. Raeghan is also treasurer of the International Awareness Club at Mount de Sales.
At first Raeghan asked her mom if she was allowed to go to Haiti and she said no. Her mom, Keri Smith, had some anxiety about sending her daughter to such a place of poverty and despair. However, in a letter pointing out that her precautions are the reasons she wanted to go, Reaghan convinced her mom to let her go. Now that Raeghan got permission from both her mom and dad, she had to be interviewed and selected out of a group of high school students in order to attend. Raeghan is very excited for her trip and cannot wait to come home and share all the wonderful stories and experiences she will encounter.
For more information about the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Baltimore go to: http://www.archbalt.org/ministries/mission/outreach/haiti.cfm

Danielle Manser ’16
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