“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Daily Life. Haiti lives under the oppressive shadow of widespread poverty. The per capita income of more than 80% of the population is estimated at less than $150.00 annually. 90% of adults are unemployed. Any lasting hope for the people living in this nation must include the opportunity to earn enough money to provide for the basic needs of their family.
Vocational Programs. Because Haiti is the most poverty stricken country in the Western Hemisphere, offering job skill training and employment opportunities are essential. The following programs are either currently established on the field or in the process of being researched as possibilities for additional work opportunities.
- Sewing Classes. Associated with the church/school centers, these classes have proved to be financially beneficial. Currently, there is a sewing center with a full-time Haitian instructor and shop at Limonade and Biley.
- Micro Financing of Small Businesses. The Mission is also partnering with individuals/families within our church communities who are interested in operating small business ventures. Business loans have been financed by mission partners.
- Poultry Farms. The raising of chickens for both meat and eggs is a practical response to widespread hunger and the shortage of protein in the Haitian diet. Currently, Pastor Jeremy Baptiste is actively engaged in a poultry farm business. Because this is financed by NHMI, a monthly portion of his profits is returned to a mission fund in Haiti which will benefit the entire NHMI school system.
- Aquaculture Farms. Networking with other ministries and/or businesses, research for the promotion of financing fish farms is under consideration. The initial purchase of land and equipment are necessary to develop this vision of hope.
- Cooperative Gardening. There are avenues of opportunities for horticulture projects. Because it would involve families and communities, land needs to be purchased and plans for cultivation, planting, and harvesting need to be carefully considered and implemented.
Your Participation. As a mission staff, we are trusting God for an effective network of people and resources. If you are interested in helping us develop these “visions of hope” for the people of Haiti, please contact us. Email Addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.