Brother Gerard is a Cistercian monk at the abby Maria Toevlucht in Zundert, where he has been for 50 years. In 1977 he first travelled to Haiti, where the country and its people stole his heart. He has been returning to help the population ever since.

For the last quarter century he has been living and working among the poorest of the poor. He has built homes, funded medical care and started homes for homeless children and orphans. He takes a particular interest in the farming techniques of Haitian farmers and frequently works on projects to improve farming yields.

The Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation has been supporting Brother Gerard’s projects for several years.