Welcome to Haitian Island Ministries
Welcome to the official website for Haitian Island Ministries — a ministry that has been reaching out to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere since 1994. Most people in Haiti live on less than $1 a day. There is no welfare or public assistance available. About 80% of the population lives in abject poverty and 70% of the adult population cannot read or write.
Haitian Island Ministries (H.I.M.) gives its full undivided attention and resources to Haiti in an effort to bring peace and the Word of God to the people.
What is Our Purpose?
Haitian Island Ministries operates medical programs, feeding programs, and also builds schoolsand churches in some of the most remote areas of Haiti. The medical programs provide free vitamins, medicines, and medical care for hundreds of thousands of Haitians. The feeding programs provide a simple daily meal for thousands of Haitian children from several villages each month. H.I.M.’s five schools provide key primary education to Haitian children to equip them with the tools they need to improve their lives.
How You Can Help
Haitian Island Ministries has structured a sponsorship program that pays for Haitian children to attend school tuition-free. Sponsoring a Haitian family relieves them from the significant financial burden of paying school tuition. Every penny of your sponsorship goes toward paying for teachers’ salaries and school supplies. By helping Haitian children stay in school, you have the opportunity to change the future of Haiti, one child at a time.
We are in that time of the year when all the kids are out of school and, if they are older, helping do things at home. Here in the US, you know what kids do – go to the pool, on vacation, sit around the house playing games or using their phone. Those of us who have grandkids know they use their phone for everything.
In Haiti it is a much different world. There are phones and iPhones, but those are just for what they call bourgeoisie (French), moun rich (Creole), or what we call rich. Flip phones, which Steve likes, are still the main phone there and the cheapest.
The phone company Digicel has connected Haiti to the world and brought country wide Internet there as well. By bringing this technology to the country, it also bought many jobs to the country. People sell the cards for those phones (and in many case, the phones themselves) on almost every busy street corner and in almost every town. Those who have laptops can buy a plug-in and anywhere they have a signal, they have access to the Internet. Of course there are few in the villages who have laptops.
We bought two refurbished laptops for those who work with us; we stay in touch as we would never have thought possible a few years ago. Beaubrun and Steve email back and forth almost every night. When sending money, we text the transaction number to Beaubrun. He goes to Western Union and Steve can watch it happen online. Then Beaubrun will text back telling us he picked up the money, just so we know it was him. Just a few years ago it took weeks to do what it takes minutes to do now.
Of course, as with anything we do, even this would not be possible without your involvement and help. The end of 2016 will mark 22 years since our first trip to Haiti, and only God knows how many you have helped spiritually, medically, educationally, or nutritionally in that time. Terry and I can never repay your kindness or the blessings you have provided for others. We wish you a great Fourth of July. God Bless America!
Steve and Terry
By the way…. several got on me for not saying anything about Terry last month…sorry! She is doing better. The change in medicine has helped the pain and some days, some, she feels much better. Some days, she hurts a lot and not very good at all. She hasn’t had a respiratory infection in several weeks and we are holding our breath on that. By the time you read this she will gone back for more shots and a checkup.