The St. Luke Foundation is a Haitian run organization that provides education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people per year through life giving programs that employ over 900 Haitian staff. Founded in 2001, the St. Luke Programs grew out of the programs of Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs, which Father Rick Frechette started over 25 years ago. Together, the two programs provide education to over 10,000 students annually, medical care to over 200,000 annually and employment to over 1800 permanent staff.
The St. Luke Mission Programs include direct service and medical care to over 120,000 patients per year. These patients are seen through a coordinated network of two hospitals, two maternity clinics, two mobile disaster response units, as well as street level psychological care, outreach and social service. In addition to providing emergency care equipped with CT Scan and digital x-ray, the St. Luke Hospital includes a high level ICU and surgery center developed in close coordination with partners at the Mayo Clinic.
The newest facility, St. Mary’s Hospital, Star of the Sea is located in Cite Soleil, an area notorious as one of the “worst slums of the western hemisphere”. The St. Luke team aims to help the people of Cite Soleil change this oft-uttered phrase by working together to create an example of what is possible. They work hand in hand with the local community in these supposedly forbidden areas, building hospitals, maternity clinics, housing, job opportunities, and hope.