Haiti – Our international service continues with our bakers and sellers creating and selling bread at the Boulangerie Notre Dame in Les Cayes. While many challenges have slowed our progress on the new water project, they have not halted progress. The determination and creativity of the people of Les Cayes have been crucial in our ability to problem-solve and pivot through all of this instability and change. We ask you to hold our Haitian colleagues in your prayers as we continue to support these efforts.
Outreach – We are excited to say that we have enrolled over 300 full time Notre Dame AmeriCorps members who are now serving across the country. Their service reaches children and adults in over 20 cities seeking a better education for themselves and their families.
People – The network of talented folks at NDMV continues to change and grow. This year we welcomed new faces to our National Office and Site Director teams. Their energy and new perspectives are a gift to our organization and we are excited to collaborate and grow with them.
Education – Notre Dame AmeriCorps Members across the country have continued to provide exceptional educational opportunities for communities in need, especially those who are immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers. We were able to work with Dr. Helfenbein at Mercer University who conducted an external evaluation on NDMV’s impact on specific communities at our sites in Atlanta, Georgia. In this evaluation, Dr. Helfenbein emphasized the importance of one-on-one instruction and how successful Notre Dame AmeriCorps members are at filling this need. We are excited to share more about this evaluation in our upcoming Annual Report.