Domond Foundation

Jeff C. Domond Foundation, Haiti
Box 1235, Claremont, CA 91711
Parishioner Joe Domond

For almost 20 years, The Jeff. C. Domond Foundation has brought hope to the people of rural Haiti near Marbial. Deacon Joe Domond organized an annual medical mission to Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, beset by poverty and natural disasters. He took doctors, dentists, physical therapists, ophthalmologists and others to people who may never have received professional care. The mission trips ended with the pandemic of 2020-22. But the work of the Foundation continued.

Construction advanced on a small hospital which will be dedicated on June 15, 2022 (the date of Jeff Domond's birthday, see below). A dialysis center in Port-au-Prince, in the capital, has been in operation during the pandemic and now  requires a reliable source of electricity from solar panels.  Deacon Joe will supervise Baptisms and First Communions, an annual year-end retreat and graduation for the students at a Catholic elementary school supported by the Foundation. He will also visit the girls' orphanage and oversee the clean water program for homes in the community.

This foundation was established in 2004 in memory of Jeff C. Domond, an OLA and Damien High School graduate and student at California State University, Fullerton. His parents, Joe and Rita Domond, have since been involved in building the future of Haiti through human development. Projects include an annual medical mission of local doctors, dentists and nurses, as well as volunteers from the OLA community. The foundation also supports a school of four classrooms with 100 students that incorporates Catholic teaching along with education to reduce illiteracy in Haiti. The foundation also subsidizes the salaries of 10 parochial school teachers. In addition, the foundation supports an orphanage for 76 children operated by the Sisters of St. Therese de l'Enfant Jesus. Future projects include relocation of the school to accommodate more students, and the construction of a filtered-water system for the school and community.
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