Ryan Benich

Ryan is participating in 2021 Hearts for Haiti 100 Holes of Golf.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Event Location: Hillview Country Club - 1800 E King St - Franklin, IN



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Our Story

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

Haiti is a country of 11 million people where 50% of the children do not attend school.  Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to the third grade.  60% will abandon school before sixth grade.  And only 29% of Haitians 25 and older will attend secondary school.  80% of the teachers in Haiti have not received any training, and half of the public sector teachers lack basic qualifications to teach.

In 2009, the Hearts for Haiti ministry was founded at Our Lady of the Greenwood Church and School.  Its mission was and is to increase teacher training and to improve the education opportunities for the children of St. Georges’ parish and Bassin-Bleu village in Northern Haiti.  

Over the last 10+ years, we have found that education breaks the cycle of typical Haitian life…birth, poverty, hunger, and death.  We have been successful in funding teacher training, staff functions, and providing scholarships for the high school at St. Georges.  Our graduation rate is above 80%, and most students qualify for ongoing education.  In addition, we have funded a vocational school for young adults, allowing them to learn a trade in order to make a living.   During the summer months, we support a 30 day basketball camp that exercises, feeds, and teaches the children of Bassin-Bleu while offering educational support…all-the-while keeping them off the streets.

Hearts for Haiti is funded entirely through fundraisers and direct donations.   We hope that the 100 Holes of Golf will allow us to continue our mission well into the future.  Thank you, in advance, for helping this cause.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Thank you for your support!

A message from Ryan Benich

As most of you know, I’ve been involved with the Haiti Ministry at Our Lady of the Greenwood for several years. This is the my 12th year. I’ve travelled to many parts of Haiti while on multiple mission trips. Along the way, I’ve had the privilege to meet wonderful people and build lifelong friendships.

Haiti has endured many issues including political corruption, deforestation, natural disasters, and recently a nationwide pandemic leaving it in desperate need of outside help! I’ve seen it up close and our ministry has experienced the repercussions first-hand.

Through the years, we have learned the best method to helping Haiti is financial help. One of the most rewarding aspects of this ministry is witnessing the transformation of a community because of a school. A school that was built through fundraising and donations and is now a school that educates and feeds an entire community.

Our Ministry is committed to supporting St Georges school and parish in Bassin Bleu Haiti. By donating, you directly help our mission continue to build up a community at St Georges. 100% of the funds raised go directly to support St Georges.

What is 100 holes of golf? Well, it’s just that, 100 holes of golf. On May 13th, at Hillview Country Club in Franklin, IN, I will play 100 holes of golf. Basically, golf from sun up to sun down! This may sound fun to some, but if you know my golf game, then you know it’s going to be interesting for me… Please consider helping me reach my goal of raising $1000 towards our $30,000 ministry goal. Any amount is appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to my supporters!
BrownCo Yeti's Mom $110.00
Brandon Bowen $100.00
Rich Benich $100.00
Pauline Benich $50.00
Chris Brooks $40.00