Church. Education. Health. Homes. Orphans.
Church. Education. Health. Homes. Orphans.
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Mahanaim Church, meaning "The Camp of God", was established at the very foundations of Haiti ARISE Ministries, with the aim to bring relief of poverty by drawing people into right relationship with God and one another. Central to the heart of the ministry is the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is offered and established by the local church.
As the groundbreaking for the school was happening in 2003, and Marc and Lisa Honorat shared their vision with the surrounding communities of Thozin and Chamette, many people were eager to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and accept Him. In one week, 45 people became Christians and the church was born. Mahanaim Church was originally called The New Church of Thozin, for lack of a better name. It has been a central heartbeat for the community and grown steadily to more than 450 members. The local Haitian eldership team leads regular services and church activities including prayer, worship, baptism and communion. The church also is host for our annual New Years Outreach, MFI Pastors and Leaders Conference, Ladies Conferences, Youth and Children’s Programs.
A part of the vision of the local church is also to plant thriving and dynamic churches in other communities and partner with existing churches that are seeking fellowship through affiliation with Haiti ARISE. In 2005, our second church was planted in the small mountain village of Tapion near Grand-Goave that hosts a vibrant children's program with more than 150 children. In 2009, our first affiliate church joined from the mountain village of DuFou and has grown to a congregation of 200. A second affiliate church joined from Petit Paradis, a community just west of Grand-Goave.
We continue to build relationships with leaders and pastors in other areas of Haiti, seeking to help reinforce their local churches, provide resources and a place for fellowship. Haiti ARISE is working to establish Haiti Ministers Fellowship, where we have more than 40 pastors relating and growing together in ministry.
For the first 8 years, the church met under a tin-roof, open shelter on the main campus. It was expanded five times to accommodate the growth and could not expand out any further. A new open tin-roof shelter was constructed in 2011, doubling the space. The church members gave faithfully toward the building fund for the reconstruction, in faith that their seed, when planted, will produce a harvest 100 fold. They raised enough funds to cover half of the $20,000 cost to reconstruct the church. Since rebuilding the shelter with lumber trusses and plywood floors, the church members have taken even more ownership involving themselves in a greater capacity in ministry activities.
Plans have been developed for a new multi-purpose facility that will house the church as well as be used for the Bible College and primary school. The new construction will be on the second campus, situated closer to the main road and central to a larger community area.
Estimated Project Cost: $325,000 US
Haiti ARISE Technical & Professional School exists to provide quality and practical education and hands-on training in skilled trades and technical studies. Classes are taught by qualified & trained Haitian teachers as well as international volunteer teachers. We are recognized by the Haitian government to be able to offer degrees, diplomas and certificates in studies enduring from 1 year to 3 years.
The original school facility had just been completed before the January 12, 2010 earthquake, which severely damaged it beyond repair. The re-construction of Haiti ARISE Technical & Professional School has been designed to accommodate 4 times as many classrooms as the original school did. Facilities include sit-down classes, lab rooms, a library, a full industrial kitchen, dining area, and restrooms. Classes are furnished to house a computer lab, sewing lab, electricity lab, plumbing lab and cooking classes, as well as other sit down classes such as English, Business, French and Mathematics. An additional shop facility for Carpentry, Mechanics and Welding shop classes are adjacent to the main building.
The first technical classes opened in 2005 with basic typing and English as a Second Language, and classes being held in the open air under mango trees before the original facilities were complete. To date, classes have been offered in ESL, Typing, Music, Basic Computers, Small Business, Sewing, Knitting, Cooking, Carpentry, Mechanics, Electricity and Agriculture, with more than 350 students at the end of Dec 2009. Due to the setback of facilities having to be rebuilt after the earthquake, classes were limited to Bible College, ESL and Computers being held in temporary classrooms for two years.
The new construction of the technical school was completed in January 2013. We celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Haiti ARISE Technical & Professional School in November 2014 after classes had been running for one whole year.
We currently are holding courses in Computer & Information Technology with a state-of-the art computer lab, Electricity & Plumbing, Tiling, Construction, Windows Technique, Sewing, Mechanics, ESL & Bible. Courses run between 1 to 3 years and students are provided a certificate, diploma or degree upon their graduation of their course of student.
A partnership is being developed with Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta and their trades department. In 2014, a team of trades professors from RDC visited Haiti ARISE Techical & Professional School, assisting in establishing an electrical lab and a plumbing lab. The professors evaluated the skill and level of training our students had received in these courses and shared that our first year students were able to execute practical skills that RDC 3rd year students were not yet able to do.
Students pay a small contribution to attend classes. In comparison to most post-secondary schools in PAP, the capital city, our courses are very affordable.
Student fees are currently $100 US annually:
500 gds (about $10 US) entry fee
1,500 gds (about $30 US) materials fee- for their practicum materials
1,500 gds (about $20 US) per trimester
These fees do not cover the actual cost of operations. They are a contribution required to ensure students value their education.
How You Can Help
Haiti ARISE Technical & Professional School is in need of sponsors for classes, teachers & materials. For $100/ month you can help by sponsoring a class or a teacher or by purchasing needed materials for a class. Click on a link below to take you to the Online Gift Catalogue, or you can go to DONATE and select Technical School Operations.
College Le Renouveau D’Haiti, translated The Renewal of Haiti Academy, was birthed in exhilaration after the January 12 earthquake to meet the need for free schooling after so many schools were destroyed, and to provide a place for young learners to receive excellent education. The next generation are Haiti’s leaders of tomorrow and we want to provide a strong hope for their future through Christian education.
The school is currently being held in a temporary wood and tin structure, housing nine classrooms from pre-school to grade 6. Construction of the new permanent primary school classrooms on the second campus has begun. This property will house 2 more school buidlings along with the church and a sports arena, which is situated closer to the main road and central to a larger community area.
The Renewal of Haiti Academy opened in Oct 2010 with 210 students, which provided many underprivileged children the opportunity to go to school. For it's second year of operations, enrollment was 300 students, grades pre-school to 5th. As of 2017, we are providing full-time education to 500 children (boys and girls) from pre-school to Grade 8. There is a Haitian staff of 2 directors, 1 assistant of curriculum, 9 teachers, 2 student aids, 3 maintenance & recess workers, and 3 cooks. The first year of operations was covered by Disaster Relief funds, as the opening of the school was in response to the increased educational needs after the earthquake.
For three years now, we have been working to get students sponsored to cover the costs of paying the school staff and materials. Parents pay a minimal entry fee of $10 US a year, plus provide uniform and books (when possible) for their child to attend school. There are some families that cannot even provide these essentials. The school helps subsidize students when needed. Students are learning the basics in reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as French, English, art, music and sports.
We plan to open the new school, the first of three permanent school building on the South Campus property, in the fall of 2016, with the hope of expanding to middle school grade levels.
How You Can Help
To continue to operate the elementary school, we rely on student sponsorships. You sponsorship of a student in primary school of $35/ month helps to pay teacher's salaries, provide a daily hot lunch, support a sports program and provide needed materials for classes. When you sponsor a student, you can communicate with and send gifts to your sponsor student and will receive an annual update on their progress. For more info, check out our Education Fund page, or you can give through our Online Gift Catalogue.
Zanmitay Sant de Sante, Friends Helping Friends Health Center, is Haiti ARISE's On-site Medical Clinic which serves to provide relief of poverty by meeting basic health care needs, preventing disease outbreaks and providing specialized medical care. Our desire is to couple health education with training for medical personnel and treatment of patients. We currently serve a region of 60,000 people (though many come from a farther distance) and see 6,000 patients each year.
The on-site medical facility started construction in Oct 2010 with a newly designed system for Haiti, pre-fabricated concrete panels. This system has provided hands-on training for the local Haitian labor force. The facility includes four exam rooms, four operation rooms, pharmacy, laboratory, staff office, reception area, bathrooms and public showers.
This project is possible thanks to our partnership with Cranbrook Team led by Dr. Bob Cutler and Hungry for Life.
Clinics have been operating bi-annually since 2007 with visiting medical teams led by Dr. Bob Cutler. Haiti ARISE has been honored to serve the people of Grand-Goave by providing quality health care for simple illnesses to complex problems such as heart surgery. The current health care system in Haiti is very minimal and many people go untreated for many basic diseases. We have seen on average 1000-1500 patients in every two-week clinic hosted. Education in health, hygiene and prevention is also a major part of our philosophy in health care. Every clinic is coupled with short teachings on subjects such as pre and post-natal care, basic and dental hygiene, Post Traumatic Stress, nutrition etc.
The medical clinic has been open since 2012 for regular operations 3 days a week with a Haitian staff team of 1 doctor, 2 nurses, pharmacist, administrator, medical records personnel and 2 janitors. The clinic is now operating full time for 5 days a week with our Haitian staff. We continue to host medical teams annually to provide excellent healthcare and training.
In 2016 we opened a new medical testing lab and hired a new lab technician, and are now able to provide on-site testing for patients included in their $2.40 US per visit fee. This makes testing possible for patients without the extra travel and cost, and they can now get immediate results and quicker treatment of their illness. In 2017 we are in the process of adding a maternal health component to our clinic, which will include three Haitian midwives and three nurses.
How You Can Help
You can help support the medical clinic by sponsoring the purchase of medical supplies, or much needed baby packs. You can also come down and take part in clinics if you are a medical professional. Click on an image below, or you can visit our Online Gift Catalogue or DONATE page to support the Medical Clinic.
Haiti ARISE has two Home Rebuilding Projects as a part of our response to disasters that have plagued often Haiti: EachONE BuildONE in response to the 2010 earthquake, and Hurricane Shelter Homes in response to 2016 Hurricane Matthew.
The devastation of the January 12, 2010 earthquake destroyed more than half a million homes throughout Haiti, rendering 1.5 million homeless & forcing families to live in makeshift shelters and tents. We have implemented as a part of our Disaster Response Plan the EachONE BuildONE Home Rebuilding Project to aid local families return to normal living conditions.
The EachONE BuildONE homes are reinforced post and beam and cement block structures with cement roofs. Each home has 3 rooms plus a porch. The homes are being built throughout the community where families own land.
The EachONE BuildONE program launched Dec 1, 2010. Each family selected to receive a home must have had their home destroyed in the earthquake, own their own land and help in the construction of their home, plus one other home. The first 3 families selected all helped one another build their homes and have taken great pride in their new ownership. The first 10 homes were funded by disaster relief funds. Each home was estimated to cost roughly $5,000 US, but as in working out a new program, there are always initial capital costs, which caused the first 3 homes to cost around $8,000 US. After working through the process, we have been able to work the cost out to $6,000 per home, at a rate of 15 working days.
As of December 2016, we have completed construction of 85 homes.
Estimated Cost per Home: $5,000- $8,000 US
Still months after the storms of Hurricane Matthew, many families are still in very difficult circumstances with no homes to live in. From Cavallion to Jeremie in the south of Haiti, 80% of towns were destroyed, some completely leveled by the 45 mph winds. Haiti ARISE is actively serving as the hands and feet of Jesus by constructing Hurricane Shelter Homes for these families in the southern areas of Haiti that have lost everything.
We began after Hurricane Matthew by repairing over 125 homes and removing fallen trees and debris. We realized many families needed help rebuilding their homes, but that we would not be able to help in the remote areas that really needed it if we continued to build large concrete homes. We then began construction of one room homes built with ½ block and ½ wood and tin, to help as many people as possible get under shelter and out of the weather. Starting in January 2017, we began a campaign with a goal to build 200 homes, and as of July 2017 have built 175 and counting. We want to continue to build homes for the remainder of 2017 but we need your help!
How to Help
You Can Help reach our goal by building a family a new home for $1,500 US! Click on the link to visit our Gift Catalogue or click the image below.
One in every ten children in Haiti are “restaveks,” a Creole term that means “to stay with,” but in reality is a child slave. Parents give their children away in hopes that they will receive better care than they can afford to provide them. But this rarely happens. There are also many children throughout Haiti that are abandoned or orphaned due to the abject poverty and crisis of teen and unwed pregnancies. Our desire is to rescue children such as these and bring them into a loving family environment and place of safety, where they will be cared for in a family unit, have access to education, spiritual upbringing and good nutrition.
The Children's Village sits on our new South Campus property, a 7-acre parcel of land just 300 feet from Haiti ARISE’s current main campus. The site will be completed with a sports arena, primary and secondary school and the local church. Six duplex units and 12 quadplex units are underway in a closed, safe community. A perimeter wall has been constructed around the property, a well has been drilled, and site plans have been developed. As of spring 2017, two families live in the first duplex with five children each. The second duplex will open later in 2017. Once all the duplex and quadplex homes are complete, there will be a total of 18 unit homes with the ability to house up to 144 children, each home with a house parent couple.
The ARISE Children’s Village opened in January 2016, with policies/ procedures are being developed, a social worker hired to work on the development of these as well as conduct parent interviews and training. There is a selection criteria for choosing house parents to care for 5-8 children per home and ongoing training provided. Each home will function as a family, rather than an institutional orphanage. Employment will be provided on site for house parents in areas of maintenance, grounds keeping, etc. On the same campus site, the children will have access to education through our elementary and high school and be brought up in a loving, Christian environment through church programs.
The selection criteria for house parents:
1. Christian couple
2. No children and unable to have their own OR only has one of their own children OR their children are already grown and living on their own.
3. Willing to go through ongoing parental training & work on campus.
The selection criteria for the children:
1. 0-6 years old
2. orphaned with no living parents, or abandoned by their parents, or living in a restavek situation with no hope of evr returning home to their families.
3. birth certificate, abandonement certificate and documentation submitted with the local Haitian Social services, IBESR, is required.
Each house parent will have employment within Haiti ARISE, or in their own outside business or work. They will earn their own salary to help support their family unit. Haiti ARISE also will provide an allotment per family to help cover the costs of food, clothing, propane, gas. The parents will be required to budget, meal plan and provide receipts for their allotment each month. This will ensure the children are being well looked after, while still providing the parents with the dignity of caring for their own family unit.
How You Can Help
Click here to find out more information on the children in Arise Children's Village and to sponsor monthly.
It is estimated that each home will require a sponsorship of $1500 US a month to cover full operations. We are looking for sponsors for the continued construction & furnishings, sponsorship of the homes & for the children as they come into the homes.
*As an individual, you can help by sponsoring a child in the home for $50/ month. Each child will ideally have 3 sponsors
*You can help by supporting furnishings like cabinetry or construction of future homes for $200.
*As a group or church, you can help support a home for $1,500 US/ month, or a share in a home for $300- $500/ month.
*As a group of business, you can sponsor future construction of homes in the children's village.
You can give through our Online Gift Catalogue, by clicking on one of the images below, or through our DONATE page, selecting to support Children's Village operations. If you would like to help support a specific house or child, please specify so in the comment line. You can see the info and photos of children by clicking on the link to Sponsor a Child Now.