History | Friends of Batahola

A Long Journey of Walking Side by Side

In 1983, Sr. Margarita Navarro, CSJ, originally of Cincinnati, OH and Fr. Angel Torrellas,OP, a missionary from Spain, founded the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte. In 2000, Sr. Margie learned of her terminal illness. She asked Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ to help keep the Center functioning. Sister Helen gathered together several mutual friends and in 2001, the group became the Board of the Friends of Batahola. They organized under United Stated federal law as a not-for-profit education organization for the strict purpose of raising funds to support the Cultural Center. The Board has since expanded to include members from various cities and professions. The Friends of Batahola has no paid staff and Board members cover all their own travel and operating expenses.