Haiti ARISE (Actively Raising Individuals to Serve and Evangelize) Ministries was founded in 2000 with the purpose of working to meet the need for change in Haiti. Haiti ARISE Ministries is a faith-based humanitarian organization, located in the semi rural outskirts of Grand-Goave in the southwest of the island. The organization is actively working to bring natural as well as spiritual change in this nation through education and training. By providing a place to stimulate hope in the lives of the community members, the people will in turn be able to make changes in their own lives and communities.
The Haiti ARISE Technical Institute and Bible College campus sits on a 4.8 acre parcel of land located in the outlying community of Grand Goave known as Thozin. Before the January 12, 2010 earthquake, facilities included two water wells, a three-story water tower, a perimeter wall, a septic system, a trade school building with seven classrooms and adjoining storage areas, a lean-to shelter for the church, a garden and a two-story 4200 square feet residence building for housing teams and admin offices. A large community garden helps provide produce to the community.
The impact of the earthquake caused extensive damage, including the collapse of the water tower, total perimeter wall and severe damage to the main floor of the Technical Institute. The school had to be demolished just one month after it’s completion and after 7 years of construction. The perimeter wall was rebuilt in 3 months, the water system repaired and collapsed water tower debris cleaned up. The Technical Institute building was redesigned and engineered to withstand any future disasters and is in the process of being rebuilt. Further construction to come includes a shop facility for the Technical Institute, a multi-purpose administration building, and dormitories.
In response to the overwhelming needs magnified by the January 12, 2010 earthquake, a temporary seven-classroom elementary school was built on the existing property and elementary classes opened in Oct 2010. Construction of a Medical Clinic also began in the fall of 2010.
Haiti ARISE has also completed the purchase of an additional 7 acres located approximately 300 feet from the current campus. Plans for this property include 2 water wells, sports grounds, gardens, a multi-purpose church building, a primary & secondary school, and a children's village with family-style homes for orphans and rescued restaveks. In addition, a two-acre property has been purchased in the neighboring community of Chamette and progress is being made on the development of a goat farm and cheese/milk facility. A well has been drilled on the property, providing clean water to the area and a perimeter wall was built. The wall collapsed in the earthquake and has to be reconstructed.
Haiti ARISE is also actively involved in numerous community transformation projects to help the people improve their health, economy, spiritual lives and assist in the material needs of the poor. Haiti ARISE has a regular food distribution program, drills clean water wells in the surrounding communities, conducts regular evangelism visitations, and has undertaken a home rebuilding program called EachONE BuildONE to help families who lost their homes in the earthquake rebuild their homes.