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.
Last month, we received extra giving ($1,000) to supplement the feeding programs. And we appreciate it–but we also appreciate those who give to any program. We added the extra to the existing programs in order to feed more kids, rather than starting a new program and then having to stop once that money is used.
We’d like to give you an idea what certain things might cost in Haiti. This is by no means the country-wide price; what you might pay in one of the villages would be different than in town or in one of the road side markets.
- 1 pound of chicken: $4.26
- 12 eggs: $4.39
- 16 ounces of cheese: $9.00
- 1 pound of potatoes: $3.56
- 1 quart of milk: well over $2.00 (but we don’t know anyone in the villages who would buy this)
- Tube of toothpaste: $5.40
- 1.5oz roll-on deodorant: $5.95
A 15-minute visit to see a private doctor will set you back, on average, $25.00. Most mission medical clinics don’t charge anything–or if they do, it might be $5-$10 Haitian dollars at the most, used to pay those helping in the clinic.
What affects our ministry and those who operate nutrition programs is the increasing cost of rice and beans. Prior to the 90’s and President Clinton’s flooding Haiti’s market with cheap American rice, Haitian farmers grew most of the rice they use. Even today the Department of Agriculture is planning to send our surplus of peanuts to Haiti, in an attempt to help. But all it will do is put the Haitian peanut farmer out of business as well. Currently, rice in Caberet, where we buy ours, is $35 (US) for 25 pounds, which is what we buy for one school for one time. Beans are $45 dollars for the same amount. It doesn’t take a lot of math to see that adds up to be quite a costly endeavor. And let’s not forget this is where an average person makes 3 U.S. dollars a day.
We tell you these things so you can see how much programs like ours means to the people they serve. As we have said before, we are not the only ones doing this; we’re all in the same boat. When we say thank you for helping, you can see why. We certainly couldn’t do this on our own.
Medical update: Terry is pretty much the same; she had 5 more shots this month. They changed her medicines again in an attempt to find one that helps with the leg and feet pain. So far, these aren’t helping that much either.
Thank you again for your faithful help and prayers. Let’s all pray for a quiet hurricane season here and in Haiti.
Steve and Terry