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 hope your new year is off to a good start. Terry began the year with a respiratory infection for several days, and ended the month with another one, after feeling very good for several days. February 6th is the two-year mark since the stem cell transplant. We are aware many people don’t make it to this point, so we feel very blessed. We feel much of her good result is because she has so many praying for her. The next round of blood tests is March 2nd and then she sees the doctor about the implant on the 3rd.
Haiti finally has a President, and the man we felt was the best suited for the job. But, like here, there are people who feel he has no business running the country. He has no experience in government but has been a successful business man. (Sound familiar?) Our people in Haiti think since he has created a lot of jobs, maybe he can bring those skills into play on a country wide level.
The problem in Haiti is the pay the worker receives in any of the imported jobs that are there. There are several garment factories throughout the country, especially in Port Au Prince and the north. But they pay very little (what amounts to $4 to $5 a day) and they usually work six days a week, twelve hours a day. And it’s piece work so if you don’t hit your “quota” you are out of a job. All the jobs the new president has created has been from his businesses in Haiti, so maybe his jobs will be different.
All our programs are running just as they should be. For the time being the country is quiet, with spots of protest concerning the president (the picture is one of those protests). Hopefully, after he is sworn in that will die down, as it has in the past.
Thank you for helping us this far in our “journey” and for helping our friends in Haiti. Terry and I appreciate all you do and have done for us and the prayers you continue to offer for her. There is no doubt those you help in Haiti appreciate you as well.
Steve and Terry