Our Mission Statement


Friends of Montfort, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide: encouragement and financial support to deaf and deaf-blind children; scholarships for college-bound deaf high school seniors; and support to Gift of Life, Inc. to facilitate open-heart surgery for needy Haitian children. We support Institut Montfort School for the deaf and deaf-blind children in Haiti. Founded in 1957 by the Daughters of Wisdom, the institute is comprised of three schools. The largest is located in Santo, Croix des Bouquets the second in St. Marc and the third in Lavaud. In addition, the institute has a farm at Santo.

Institut Montfort is the first institution in Haiti specializing in educating children who are deaf and deaf-blind. It cares for over six hundred children from ages 3 to 20, coming from all parts of Haiti. The institute fosters the children’s integration into the communities where they will be residing. It also helps them to become responsible citizens and contributing members of society. The Friends of Montfort, Inc. scholarship program gives two to four scholarships of $1,000 each to college-bound deaf students living in New York State who meet certain eligibility criteria. Friends of Montfort, Inc. also works with Gift of Life Inc. to provide open-heart surgery to Haitian children whose very survival depends upon receiving the surgery. For the past several years, Friends of Montfort contributed $10,000, each year, towards the Gift of Life “Save a Child Program.” In addition, members of our board host the child and family and provide translation services between the families and the doctors. Your support and contribution make a difference in the lives of the needy, deaf and deaf-blind children by providing them with the means to break through the wall of silence. Your contributions help critically ill children to access open-heart surgery and allow them to lead full and healthy lives. They also make the financial burden of attending college a little easier for our deaf scholarship recipients in New York State.

Your contributions are tax deductible and can be made to:


Friends of Montfort, Inc.

P. O. Box 314Merrick

New York 11566-0314