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TCC Films: Father Joseph

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Father Joseph

“There are times I say to God, ‘What the Hell are you doing?'”

A documentary about Fr. Joseph Philippe’s lifetime of work in Haiti on behalf of the poor will be released August 30th. Fr. Joseph established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank (Fonkoze), which has given literacy training and financial opportunities to hundreds of thousands of peasant women and their families. He also founded a 700-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, and a radio station. He has built dozens of homes, and helped created the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural college. Along the way, several of Fr. Joseph’s friends and colleagues were murdered because of their work. Almost all of Father Joseph’s 25 years of work was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is rebuilding with humor and determination. Watch the trailer here: