Notre Dame CHS Students Prepare for Upcoming Mission Trip

During the March break, seven senior students and two staff members from Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, along with forty other staff and students from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, will be participating in a humanitarian mission trip to Guatemala.

The specific mission for this nine day trip is to live and work alongside the three hundred and fifty orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk children who reside at Nuestros Pequenos Orphanage. While there the group will assist with construction projects, work in the gardens, assist in the kitchen preparing meals, teach English, and spend time assisting children with special needs.

This year the students will also have the opportunity to visit a community that was displaced to an abandoned military base near a volcano, a few years ago. This community does not receive government support, and the group will be purchasing and delivering “life bags,” which consist of grocery staples to last a month, for the families of this community. The group is also hoping to purchase a generator to assist the community in accessing clean water from a well on site.

Fundraising for this journey is a sizeable task. Fortunately, the group has had tremendous support from local and parish communities. Through events like the annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction, bake sales and coffee houses, to name a few, Notre Dame CHS has been able to raise the necessary funds along with an additional $2000 plus, that will be used to support with the needs of the orphanage as well as the displaced community.

The students are very excited to take on this spiritual and philanthropic journey.


2015 Notre Dame Guatemala Mission Team
Donna Lynn Roesler (staff supervisor), Patti Cameron (staff supervisor) Aquilina Susak, Madeline Tang, Damon Jackman, Kaylie Girouard, Hannah Adair, Katelyn Bradley, Avori Purdy