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dsc 0050In response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a disaster that killed and injured hundreds of thousands, displaced millions, and shattered the infrastructure of the nation’s capital, ACE sought to help the Holy Cross community recover and rebuild. The Congregation determined that Basile Moreau School, the flagship Holy Cross School in Port-au-Prince and long an academic powerhouse in the country, needed to be rebuilt.

Strengthening Holy Cross in Haiti

While students studied in tents, work began to strengthen and reinforce the primary school. The school’s secondary building was completely destroyed, but through the efforts of colleagues from across the University, ACE was able to reach out to friends and benefactors and help rebuild the school—doubling the building’s size and designing a beautiful oasis for learning in the midst of a bustling neighborhood. As the school buildings neared completion, a campus beautification project began, giving the 1,000 students at Basile Moreau a safe and beautiful place to learn and play.

ACE Haiti At A Glance


ACE Haiti supports quality interventions at Basile Moreau School.

ACE Haiti receives grant to launch “Read to Learn” early-grade literacy project, in partnership with the Church and CRS, in fifty-two Haitian Catholic schools.


With ACE’s support, Holy Cross launches teacher training institute in the north of Haiti.

ACE Haiti, CRS, and Church partners conduct assessment of Haiti’s 2,315 Catholic schools.

ACE Haiti receives grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to work with CRS and the Church to support training of 1,000 teachers and creation of governance structures in 200 schools.


ACE Haiti works to rebuild Holy Cross’s flagship school, Basile Moreau School.


Earthquake devastates capital city of Port-au-Prince and much of the Haitian infrastructure. University of Notre Dame pledges to help the devastated country led by the Alliance for Catholic Education’s partnership with the Congregation of Holy Cross.


ACE begins exploring partnership with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which runs twenty-five schools and has served in Haiti for seventy years.