Project Haiti

Project Haiti

It starts with the orphan. The orphans of Les Cayes, Haiti, are children who’ve been rescued from slavery, abandoned by their parents, or orphaned by disease and death. They are the poorest, most vulnerable members of society, but our dream is for them to someday be leaders equipped to transform their country.

We believe that will not be accomplished by “relief” efforts, but by supporting local Haitians to create sustainable income.

To that end, we are helping to create a new grocery shopping experience in Les Cayes, Haiti – imagined by Haitians, built by Haitians, run by Haitians.

For updates on our progress, read our BLOG where you’ll find all the latest info.

In the meantime, here’s what it is, how we’re doing it, and how you can be involved.

The Approach

Our approach is very simple: equip, educate, and empower Haitian nationals, so that – on their own – they may create for themselves the social and economic infrastructure needed for long-term prosperity.

Love Has Come (LHC) has partnered with Loving Shepherd Ministries (LSM) in Haiti, where LSM is considered a leader in the orphan care movement through their innovational and sustainable in-country approach.

Our purpose is not relief work – we focus on long term sustainability. It’s difficult and high risk, but effective.

Brief History and Project Description

Most relief efforts have failed in Haiti. First, because they are temporary and second, because they’re often centered around western values difficult to translate to Haitians.

Love Has Come and Loving Shepherd Ministries take a different approach. Relief isn’t what’s needed. Long-term sustainable transformation is. LSM’s established work with orphans in Les Cayes means that children are kept in country, nurtured in loving homes, provided education, and will be equipped with a post-secondary education.

What’s Happening Now:

  • 19 Homes of Hope: two parents and up to twelve children
  • 35-acre Horticulture and Animal Science Ranch and Vocational School
  • Community tending to the needs of HIV-positive children
  • Schools & community centers
  • Staffing
    • 153 Haitian
    • 5 Americans
  • And this little beauty:

What’s Next:

Rather than provide temporary relief, LHC is partnering with LSM to establish independent, sustainable revenue sources through domestic Haitian businesses.

Enter: Nueva Oube Marche!

Love Has Come’s work with LSM and research in the area has shown that the people of Les Cayes need a reliable source for fresh food. A new grocery store is a project Haitians see as worthwhile and viable, and the income it will generate will help fund orphan projects throughout southwest Haiti.

Nueva Oube March, or “New Dawn Market,” will be the test pilot for the larger, permanent market that we plan to establish at our 40-acre business park, now under development.

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Check out our BLOG for more details.

Organizational Philosophy

Love Has Come and Loving Shepherd Ministries are in Haiti not to convert their culture to our western ways, but solely to support, empower, and equip Haitians to succeed on their own. Through sustainable business, we teach fundamental values – accountability, honesty, leadership, and courage – that merge with the rich Haitian culture and lead to inspiring stories of success.

The only way to move toward financial independence is to provide revenue through domestic business. A sustainable market is our first business venture and we’ll launch it in 2017.

Opportunities

Our efforts in Haiti require dollars from the US. The entire operations cost for everything – schools, orphan care, community and business development – comes to a grand total of $1.75M per year. The four biggest line items are:

  • $781,500 Homes of Hope
  • $242,000 Vocational Ranch
  • $71,000 business development
  • $504,000 HIV community ($410,000 one-time expense to build a school so operating costs are about $94,500)

Every dollar counts – you can give today HERE.

How to be involved

CONTACT US. Whether you’re a single mom on a tight budget or a corporation with millions to give away, we want to talk to you about how you can help.

DONATE. Give from your bank or PayPal account.

EXPERTISE. If you have a skill to lend contact us.

SHARE THE VISION. We love talking about this. There are many, many ways to get involved. Reach out to us and we’ll begin the discussion.

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“In loving memory of Fred Helber, memorialized by Bruce and Mary Crippen.”

Brad, Abby & Marc about to take the 5-hour bus ride to Les Cayes

Touring with LSM

Marc with the Chickens

The 3 Amigos: Marc, Dennis & Mike on a biz dev trip in April 2015