Garde Saline Kindergarten Project
1. What is your name?
Mary Elizabeth Lyon
2. Where were you born?
I was born in Sioux City, Iowa
3. How do you find God in your life?
I started in Kindergarten. I had marvelous instructors. We had the Dominican Sisters, they are so special. I went to Catholic school from Kindergarten through college; that is my background in learning. Of course we had good nuns, brothers and priests as teachers, it was a wonderful education. I was so fortunate.
My dad, Fay Lyon, was a mechanic and he wasn’t getting paid very well. I have two older brothers and we all received Catholic education through college. One of my brothers, Kenneth, was a civilian employee for the Air Guard. He was two years older than me and my oldest brother, Gerald was seven years older than me. He became a Priest in Iowa and he died six years ago. My mother, Irene Lyon, never missed a Mass, she was a wonderful Catholic person. That is my family.
4. How many years have you been a parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Community?
Around 25 years when Fr. Anthony was a Priest and then I became Director of Religious Education. Fr. Anthony was a wonderful Pastor.
5. What do you like about St. Jude Catholic Community?
I like the people, my kind of people, down to earth. Religion means a lot to them, very friendly. They took me in and treated me like I was there for many years.
6. What motivated you to help the people in Haiti?
Fr. Bart, the compassion and poverty, always interested to help the poor, the underprivileged and for them to have a better education.
7. How do you want to be remembered?
Very kind, loving Catholic person, love people and love to help people. My greatest joy is to see smile in somebody’s face. In other word, I am a comic.read more..Kindergarten
Beginning the Project
Mary Lyon, a longtime St. Jude Catholic Community parishioner, is supporting the Montfort Fathers of Haiti in building the kindergarten of Garde Saline, one of the poorest fishermen villages of the state of Fort Liberté in Haiti, where 50% of the population, in general don't attend schools in Haiti and for Garde Saline it is 60%.read more..Beginning
Working in progress
Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me.
Our plan is to open the kindergarten by January, 2020. The kindergarten will be the first school in the state to provide clean water and electricity 24/7, also utilizing solar panel technology as a renewable source of energy . It's our goal to serve 160 students in the school. With your donations and contributions, we can bring hope to families in Garde Saline, one of the poorest fishermen villages of the state of Fort Liberté in Haiti.
The cost to educate a child is $100.00 per year. We can make a difference by working together to bring joy and hope to God's children.