Since 2008, students at Seton School in Manassas, Virginia, have held several fundraising events to raise
funds for Medical Missionaries. Specifically, the school committed itself to supporting a nutrition program that provides
a mid-day hot meal for about 1500 students in ten schools in Thomassique, Haiti. For many of those students, this meal
is the only meal they will have that day. For the others, it is the best meal they will have. The school lunch
program is described in more detail in a short video.
During the 2008-2009 school year, the Seton students raised $7,000. A check was presented to
Dr. Gilbert Irwin, President of Medical Missionaries, by Mrs. Anne Carroll, Principal of Seton School. The event, held
in May, was attended by several hundred students, parents and teachers from the school.
Following the award,
Dr. Irwin addressed the students briefly, thanking them for their fundraising work during the year and explaining to them
how important this food program is to the students at the school in Thomassique and how it compliments the work that Medical
Missionaries is doing at its clinic in Thomassique to improve health conditions in that part of Haiti.
During the 2009-2010 school year, the students raised $10,000 to continue their support of the school lunch program
and to provide potable water to many households in the Thomassique region.