THE VISION 

 What does 

 SAFE HOUSE 

 Look like 

 In Haiti?

"I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one."

John 17:15

Haiti is the poorrest country in the northern hemisphere. 59% of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and 24.7% live in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 per day).

1.

30% of the population is considered food insecure. At least 100,000 children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, and 1/3 of Haitian children have growth that is stunted due to lack of food. In addition, less than 50% of households have access to safe water.

2.

Haiti does not have public schools which means families are responsible for paying school tuition. 50% of children do not attend school at all. Among those who do, about 30% do not complete third grade, and at least 60% will drop out before sixth grade. Haiti's literacy rate is 61% for males and 57% for females. (For reference, the average literacy rate in Latin American and Caribbean developing countries is 92%).

3.

The unemployment rate in Haiti is 40.6%, but nearly 2/3rds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. Most Haitians depend on small subsistence farming (main crops include coffee, mangoes, sugarcane, rice, and corn), but the country is unale to produce enough food for its population. Haiti imports about 50% of its food from other countries. 

4.

For every 1,000 births in Haiti, 59 will die before their first birthday, and another 88 will die under the age of five. An estimated 1 in 285 women will also die in childbirth. This is 16 times higher than the rate in the United States. 

5.

Haiti has a very high degree of risk for infectious diseases. An estimated 280,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS, and nearly 24,000 AIDS-related deaths occur every year. Food and waterborne bacterial diseases, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, and malaria are among other health threats facing the people of Haiti.

6.

Haiti is among the least-developed in Latin America and the Caribbean when it comes to infrastructure. 7.5 million Haitians are completely without electricity. Less than 1% of Haitins own a car, and nearly 85% of the roads in Haiti are unpaved. Telecommunication has improved in the last decade due to low-cost mobile phones, but even now, only 61% of Haitians have a phone. 

7.

Haiti is ranked as the fourth most corrupt country in the world. Currently, there is a grassroots movement against the Haitian government in response to their suspected diversion of nearly $2 billion that was inteded to fund development projects in the country. 

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Haiti's crises have been intensified by natural disasters over the last twenty years, including severe storms like the category 4 Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, flooding, landslides, drought, and the devastating earthquake that rocked the country on January 12, 2010 which killed an estimated 300,000 people and left another 1.5 million homeless.

9.

Unlike any other country in the world, voodoo is recognized as an official religion in Haiti. While Catholicism is most prevalent religion in the country, the majority of Haitians belive in and practice at least some aspects of voodoo. Most voodooists believe that their religion can coexist with Catholicism so they subscrive to both systems of belief. 

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THE VISION

Our goal is to impact the nation of Haiti in a way that is unmistakably marked by the wonders of Jesus; starting with His beloved children. It is our belief that if we, as Christians, wish to “see God”, we should be close to the people He created in His image. So many times in the Bible we are shown how the Lord was drawn to kids, and we are commanded to care for them and bring them up in a way that leads them to His feet. In Haiti there is a severe deficit in the edification of young people. They are so often overlooked, underappreciated, and forgotten. God revealed to me that revival often starts with the younger generation, and our purpose is just that; to sew love into the young boys and girls of Haiti. We seek to not just agree with Jesus or teach people about the Bible, but to emulate the model of Jesus and BE LOVE in a world of darkness. We are a neighborhood safe house to children and teens that would otherwise be caught in the cycle of sin and hopelessness that has entrapped generations of Haitians for years. We seek to remove the weight of the world around our students that pose constant restraint and struggle. When the basic needs of our kiddos are met, they are freed up to approach the Savior in the innocent manor He intended and cherishes. We currently serve our neighborhood by providing:

 

  • A safe place to hang out and even stay (if needed)

  • Tuition for school

  • At least one nutritious meal a day

  • Tutoring

  • Nightly prayer meetings and Bible studies

  • VBS (with the help of our American teams)

  • Extra curricular activities

  • Parenting advice/counsel

  • Birthday and holiday celebrations

  • Transportation to Church

  • Housing Assistance

  • Access to Medical Care and medication

 

It would be impossible to list out every service we offer as God uses us to fulfil a myriad of roles in the lives of the young people around us. We are a ministry that consists of meaningful relationships with the people around us that runs compassion. Daily we seek to create an atmosphere that is peacefully inviting and conducive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the young lives of our community.

True discipleship involves deep relationships. Jesus didn't simply lead a weekly Bible study. He lived life with His disciples and taught through actions as well as words.

- Francis Chan

© 2016 Founded by Holly Greer

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