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Haiti ARISE Ministries Society is a registered Canadian charity  & a 501©3 tax-exempt charity in the USA.

© 2019 Haiti ARISE Ministries Society. All Rights Reserved.

OUR STORY

TIMELINE:

2000 - Founded

2001 - Fundraising started in Canada

2002 - 2 acre building site was purchased in Grand Goave, Haiti.

2003 - Building plans and construction began in July with the Church, Guest House and Tech School. 

2004 - Additional 2 acres was purchased increasing size of the main campus. 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.

 

2010 - JANUARY 12th -  EARTHQUAKE. 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. The fall of this year faced devastation throughout the south of Haiti with Hurricane Matthew. Haiti ARISE responded by repairing 125 homes and constructing 90 new homes throughout Les Cayes and Port Salut. 

 

2017 - Justice Assistance Office was opened in Petit-Goave to aid prisoners with no representation. We also completed our first of three buildings for the elementary school on the South Campus. The elementary school expanded to 580 students and middle school was added with 50 students in grade 7. The bathroom building was constructed for the elementary school as well. Arise Children’s Village housed two parent couples with a total of 11 children in care. A third parent couple moved into the 2nd duplex unit 1. Construction began on our 3rd duplex, which when complete six homes will be operational. Mahanaim Church, our home church in Grand-Goave, hired an administrative pastor and expanded the church structure to hold 25 more benches, increasing the capacity to 850. 

 

 

FUTURE:

We continune to move forward with the vision laid God has given us.

Our future endeavours include:

  • Community business development including a bakery

  • Expansion of the elementary school to high school

  • Additional guest housing construction for long term missionaries off campus

  • Construction of quadplexes for the children's village

  • Development of beachfront property for hotel & hospitality services training 

  • Construction of administration buildings

  • Construction of church building

  • Construction of dormitories for technical school students

  • Expand affiliations with churches & ministries in other areas

NORTH CAMPUS PROPERTY PLANS:

SOUTH CAMPUS PROPERTY PLANS: