Original House of Hope
In 2005, we started with a small home for orphaned and abandoned children, working with Haitian partners to care for and educate 16 small children, and then took in another little one a few years later. These kids are growing up and have become happy, healthy, productive youth who are looking forward to a bright future. They have developed a deep faith in the Lord and know their Bibles better than most American Christians! Our primary focus with them now is finding educational and vocational opportunities so that they can succeed once they leave home. This past year, the director of the orphanage took in 9 more needy children, all under the age of 7. These little ones are doing well and we pray that God will continue to bless and provide for them.
Valley House of Hope
In January of 2010, an earthquake left many Haitians destitute, homeless, and abandoned. The supporters of the House of Hope Haiti felt God calling us to do more. With an outpouring of donations, the Valley House of Hope was built. Currently, we care for and educate 44 children at VHOH. We are also working on several projects there to help make a sustainable source of income and food for the orphanage and children as they grow up, including clean water projects, gardening, raising animals, a sewing school, and a tilapia farm.
At the Valley House of Hope location, we operate a Kindergarten to 13th grade school, which is attended by about 1000 children from the surrounding community and rural mountain villages. Education is a valuable, yet often expensive and unattainable privilege for Haitian children. Our school provides affordable Christian and secular education for many who be unable to go to school otherwise. This fall we are adding our final grade and plan to graduate our first class next spring. With so many students, some of the grades continue to meet in a crowded church and others are in patched-together lean-to’s. We hope to add several more classrooms and hopefully a library and lab. Your donations will help make this possible!
Mountain Village School and Agriculture Projects
The land climbs steeply just behind our orphanages and schools, and nestled in these mountains are many small communities of subsistence farmers. These communities are even poorer than most Haitian communities because of their remote location and because of their vulnerability to damage from hurricanes and high winds. For many years, the House of Hope Haiti has been reaching out to these communities. We built and operate a school in one of them and supplement teachers’ salaries in another. We have also provided seeds, fruit trees, tools, chickens, goats, pigs, and water collection systems to help boost the economy of these little villages. We hope to continue to help them develop sustainable ways to care for their families and schools.
The House of Hope Haiti is always mindful that working to meet physical needs alone is only part of our mission. We believe that leading others to Christ and helping develop Christian character is just as important. Through distributing Haitian Creole & French Bibles, Proclaimers (hand-cranked audio Bibles), providing Christian education in our schools, and supporting churches at both of our orphanages, we seek to teach God’s word and develop Christian values in our kids.