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.
All of our workers are okay with the exception of damaged roofs, water and mud damage, and lost animals; none were hurt and “our” kids are OK. The schools survived as well, although they are being used to house people whose homes are beyond repair.
USA Today had an excellent article that showed just where all the damage is, how many people are affected in each area of the country, and how many are known dead as of today. But, like the earthquake, the real number will never be known.
If you look at this article , the area all of our schools are in is the Ouest (West) and is just to the right of the word Ouest. This graphic shows over two hundred thousand people in the area we work are in need of humanitarian aid.
As we mentioned before, this is very unlike the earthquake. There just isn’t any food to be found and when there is, it will be far out of the price range of the average person. Add to that is the re-emergence of cholera, and people are already dying of that.
To date we have received $2,250 for food. The day after receiving the first $500, we sent it to Haiti to start a food program in Bayelle and we sent more as soon as it came in. Steve is still trying to find reasonable prices to go, but we won’t pay inflated prices just so we can say he went. We feel it makes better use of the money to send it for beans and rice, and we think you will agree.
Thank you to all who have sent. Thank you to all who have said you will, and for all who keep this country and those affected in your daily prayers.
Steve & Terry