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Our abiding vision takes root in our desire to strengthen the Haitian people SPIRITUALLY
while expanding their skill base PRACTICALLY to influence positive change around them.
HAITI ARISE MINISTRIES IS A REGISTERED CANADIAN CHARITY IN CANADA AND A 501©3 TAX-EXEMPT CHARITY IN THE USA.
GOVERNING DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Located a mere 400 miles off the coast of Florida, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. 8.5 million people eke out existence on just one-third of the island called Hispaniola. Once considered a jewel of the Caribbean, Haiti has suffered centuries of debilitating political upheaval and social chaos. Since the reinstatement of democracy in 1995, the Haitian government has been struggling to provide basic services to the Haitian people and, generally speaking, have failed due to the instability and mounting foreign debt. The lack of education and training in trades and business skills has resulted in the chronic cycle of despair. The country is desperate for skilled leaders to rise up and rectify the ramifications of extreme poverty.
Though the country's statistics have improved in recent years, the situation is still dismal:
For more detailed statistical information on Haiti, visit CIA- The World Factbook.
The native Taino Amerindians - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first black republic to declare independence in 1804. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Continued violence and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti finally did inaugurate a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 15 km southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 2 million people lived within the zone of heavy to moderate structural damage. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years and massive international assistance will be required to help the country recover.
Haiti is a free market economy that enjoys the advantages of low labor costs and tariff-free access to the US for many of its exports. Poverty, corruption, and poor access to education for much of the population are among Haiti's most serious disadvantages. Haiti's economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring areas. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty, the earthquake inflicted $7.8 billion in damage and caused the country's GDP to contract 5.4% in 2010. Following the earthquake, Haiti received $4.59 billion in internatioonal pledges for reconstruction, which has proceeded slowly. Two-fifths of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. US economic engagement under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act, passed in December 2006, has boosted apparel exports and investment by providing duty-free access to the US. Congress voted in 2010 to extend the legislation until 2020 under the Haitian Economic Lift Program Act (HELP); the apparel sector accounts for about 90% of Haitian exports and nearly one-tenth of GDP. Remittances are the primary source of foreign exchange, equaling nearly 20% of GDP and more than twice the earnings from exports. Haiti suffers from a lack of investment, partly because of limited infrastructure and a lack of security. In 2005, Haiti paid its arrears to the World Bank, paving the way for reengagement with the Bank. Haiti received debt forgiveness for over $1 billion through the Highly-Indebted Poor Country initiative in mid-2009. The remainder of its outstanding external debt was cancelled by donor countries following the 2010 earthquake but has since risen to over $600 million. The government relies on formal international economic assistance for fiscal sustainability, with over half of its annual budget coming from outside sources. The MARTELLY administration in 2011 launched a campaign aimed at drawing foreign investment into Haiti as a means for sustainable development.
Here are some links you can visit to find out more about Haiti.
Up to date statistics of Haiti on the official CIA website.
A great resource for learning Haitian Creole
Pockets of Change is about stories, lives, people and culture of Haiti, as well as other nations around the world. Haiti ARISE is featured on this site with some great pictures.
This site offers history, statistics and lots of other links to find out more information on the country of Haiti.
Marc and Lisa Honorat founded Haiti ARISE Ministries from a vision of planting a Bible College to help train godly leaders. This vision grew to encompass everything that Haiti ARISE is now endeavoring to accomplish to help the Haitian people. Marc is a native Haitian and has a desire to see change in his nation because he knows the peoples' plight so well as he experienced it himself.
Born into an impoverished family of 15 children, his parents gave him up with some of their other children, with the hope that they would receive better care. Marc’s father was a voodoo priest, which brought even more poverty to the family as he sacrificed his animals and crops to the devil. Marc, however, was spared from the influence of voodooism when at the age of five he was given to a lady to be her restavek, a term for a Haitian slave child, in exchange for food and shelter. Sleeping on the floor and receiving one meal a day was his payment for cooking, cleaning, carrying water, and working in the garden for his mistress. He was not permitted to attend school and was often treated harshly. This is still a very common practice in Haiti.
At age twelve he was rescued by his brother and placed in a children’s home, where he was allowed to attend school for the first time. Thanks to the sponsorship of a very generous and loving Canadian woman, he was able to graduate high school at age twenty-five. He then attended Caribbean Christ for the Nations Bible College in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for two years, and finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology at Evangel Bible College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His heart has always been to go back to guide and encourage the people of Haiti toward change.
It was in Jamaica that Marc met Lisa, born in Washington state to a family of six. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has long felt the call of God on her life to be a missionary and pastor’s wife. When her first opportunity for ministry came, it was to Jamaica. This was a life-changing experience for her, not only because she met Marc, but also because it taught her what it really meant to lay down her life for others in need. Marc and Lisa quickly knew that God called them together, even though circumstances made it seem impossible.
They began a three-year long-distance courtship, during which time Lisa served in Rome, Italy, teaching African and Filipino refugee children in the International Christian School of Rome, and Marc returned to Haiti. In 1999 they were reunited in Canada, attending the same Bible College together, and were married inMay 2000.
They then began ministering in Haiti one to three times a year, bringing food and clothing to the poor, evangelizing, holding leaders’ and couples’ conferences, and visiting various churches. In July 2003 they started Haiti ARISE Ministries, investing their own savings into the first piece of land and building a team around them to help raise up godly leaders in Haiti. They now live and work with Haiti ARISE Ministries as overseers and directors of the ministry, regularly traveling between Haiti, USA and Canada to grow the vision and share progress of the ministry, meet with the Haiti ARISE teams, and build relationship with the supporting churches, businesses, and individuals.
Marc and Lisa have six children: Asher, born 2004, Miesha, born 2006, Jasmine, born 2008, Ariana born 2010 and Austin, born 2012. They are in the process of adopting Kiki, born 2004. The Honorats are dedicated to their calling to Haiti and raise their children to share in their heart to touch others' lives.
There are three distinct groups under the Haiti ARISE Ministries umbrella. The Canadian, United States and Haitian board of directors work closely together as an international team, along with volunteer staff, to further this project. The three international teams contribute to strategic management, marketing and fiscal skills entirely as volunteers. They meet annually to discuss and devise plans concerning project aspects including fundraising, building, expansion, curriculum, facility operations etc. Web meetings are conducted throughout the year on an as needed basis. These international advisory boards also work in conjunction to provide qualified skilled tradesmen, instructors and volunteers; manage material donations and delivery to the project site; manage area representatives; and communicate and update supporters.
The directors in Haiti work with local and international members and project coordinators to carry out the mission, vision and annual strategic plans and to develop a safe and sufficient building facility.
Long term volunteers are vital to the development of the ministry. One key purpose of each program is to identify and develop national leaders through training and experiences in ministry so that after a period of international guidance, the programs will be self-sufficient and staffed by national leaders. Skilled international instructors and volunteers assist in the development of operations and teach basic education courses, vocational skills and Bible College courses. In exchange for their services they receive room and board in the residence building at a minimal cost for the duration of their stay.
Short term mission teams are an integral part of accomplishing Haiti ARISE's vision and goals. Churches and groups help fundraise for projects, build and minister, while also gaining the opportunity for a life-changing experience.
Promotional volunteers also work to continue to build the network of supporters in the USA and Canada. Area Representatives are established in key geographic zones to help spread the word about Haiti ARISE.
We are blessed to have a wonderful group of people working with Haiti ARISE Ministries, both volunteer and staff. If you would like to contact any of our directors or staff, click on their image to send them an email.
Santa Maria, CA
We are excited to work with such a dynamic, spirit-filled and forward thinking group of people! There are many other churches that have worked with Haiti ARISE throughout the years.
Haiti ARISE (Actively Raising Individuals to Serve and Evangelize) Ministries was founded in 2000 with the purpose of raising up godly leaders for the future of 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.
Haiti ARISE is 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.
2001- Fundraising was started in Canada
2002- A two-acre building site was purchased in Grand Goave, Haiti.
2003- Building plans and construction began in July with the foundation of the Technical Institute and guesthouse building. The church was also planted with 45 new believers.
2004- Another two-acre piece of land was purchased in January, making the main campus a total of slightly more than four acres. Construction continued on the school buildings. A temporary tin roof pole shelter was erected for the church. This simple structure has been expanded five times to accommodate the thriving congregation. ESL classes were opened enrolling over 100 students. Monthly rice and clothing distributions were established as a part of the Community Transformation projects. Two wells were drilled on the campus to provide clean water to the community and to the construction projects.
2005- The Technical Institute was opened to the community with agriculture classes and a half-acre community garden was planted. The Technical Institute program developed to offer mechanics, textiles, music, computers and business, continued ESL, and a full two-year carpentry course. Adult literacy classes were held.
2006- The Education Fund program started to help students with their schooling.
2007- The Bible College classes opened in the spring. A second church was planted in Tapion with 40 new believers. Our first Annual Pastors Conference was held with over 300 pastors and leaders.
2008- The first Bible College class of 50 graduated in June, along with the first carpentry students. In the fall, a separate parcel of 2 acres of land was purchased with the plans to establish a small local goat farm in conjunction with the Technical Institute to train local farmers and families in husbandry and healthy dairy consumption. A well was drilled on this land to provide clean water to the community of Chamette. A miraculous provision of another 7-acre parcel of land became available, just adjacent to the existing main campus, for the future construction of our long term goals- a local church/ multi-purpose building, an elementary school and children's village.
2009- The 7-acre parcel of land was paid off, and plans started for development. Residential building for housing teams and volunteers on the main campus was finished, the Technical Institute building finished and a brand new 25-computer lab set up for information technology classes. Cooking classes also started. The Technical Institute and Bible College served 350 students.
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 helped provide produce to the community.
2010- The January 12 earthquake hit. The impact of the earthquake caused extensive damage, including the collapse of the water tower, total perimeter wall & goat farm land 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. In response to the overwhelming needs magnified by the 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. New engineering designs were made for the reconstruction of the Technical Institute.
Plans for the South Campus property were drawn up including 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 (child slaves).
2011- The wall around the new 7-acre land (South Campus) was built. New construction of Technical Institute was started; ten community wells drilled in various areas. The local church shelter was re-built to accomodate our growing and thriving congregation and has now grown to over 500 members, and the Tapion church had grown to over 200. Haiti ARISE acquired a third church in the mountain village of DuFort.
2012- The medical clinic building finished and opened for full time operations in October 2012, with 6 new Haitian staff. The elementary school classes expanded to include up to grade 6 with over 350 students. The new Technical & Professional School reconstruction of Phase 1 of the building was well underway. Wall around the goat farm property was rebuilt.
2013- Construction of the Technical & Professional School building was completed and furnishings to equip the classes were purchased. Classes re-opened with 500 students in electricity, plumbing, tiling, construction, computers, English, Bible and business. A brand new state of the art computer lab was installed with 25 laptops. Construction of the Children's village duplexes one and two out of six were started.
2014- Technical school shops were constructed and a container of tools and equipment shipped to stock the classes. A new generator was purchased and installed for the Main Campus to run the technical school, church and medical clinic. A steering committee was established for the development of the goat farm project. The construction of the children's village continued, with plans to open in the new year with the first two buildings. The church hosted our first Annual Youth Conference with over 800 young people from all over the country. The Grand Opening Inauguration ceremony of the Technical & Professional School and Friends Helping Friends Health Centre were celebrated in November.
2015- The Elementary School expanded to 450 children from pre-school to grade 6, additional classrooms constructed including a depot for library books. A tools depot was opened to organize and inventory tools for the Technical School shops. Classes in mechanics, sewing, information technology were added to the Technical & Professional School classes. Construction for the permanent elementary school building started on the South Campus property. The Goat Farm opened for full time operations in November with 15 goats, barns & feed lot paddocks. Haiti ARISE staff expanded to 90 full time employees. The local church began in country mission trips to Du Fort & Camp Perrin.
2016- A generator & solar power system was purchased and installed for the South Campus. The first home in Arise Children's Village opened with house parents and the first orphans received. Construction continues on the elementary school building. The church continues to expand affiliation with churches in Jacmel, Port Au Prince, Les Cayes, and Port Salut, expanding our influence across the country.
Haiti ARISE is continually looking forward to accomplish the vision laid out before us, as well as be open to God's direction as He enlarges our territory. Our future endeavors include:
Here are the complete plans for the South Campus property.