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 - An additional 2 acres were purchased increasing the 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 farmland 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 accommodate 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. The 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 was 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 & feedlot 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.
2018 - Haiti ARISE Ministers Fellowship formed, meeting quarterly with 40 church pastors and leaders throughout Haiti. Three churches in the Les Cayes area came under the affiliation of Haiti ARISE and a brand new Mahanaim Church was planted in Jeantiot with 150 new believers. Annual Pastors and Youth Conferences were held with over 350 in attendance. Our onsite medical clinic served 12,000 patients and held 8 mobile clinics. The 3rd duplex of the Children’s Village construction began as well as 12 new community homes were built and construction of a new Birthing Centre began. The Children’s Village housed 3 families with 16 children, 2 midwives were hired to begin work in our medical clinic and we hosted 20 teams from North America. Our schools had 350 students with 64 graduates in the technical school and a new partnership with Sewing Seeds International for a sewing program, 630 students in pre-school up to grade 7, and 13 students who graduated from our Kids4Kids Goat training program.
2019 - Political unrest caused many challenges this year. The whole country went on lockdown in February and a team of 24 members that had come to host our first women’s conference with 150 women had to be airlifted by helicopter out of Grand-Goave. Consecutively, 17 team were canceled, no regular programs such as our pastors and youth conferences were able to carry on. Complete loss of city power and major gas shortages required the installation of a new solar system for the guest house. All schools, banks, businesses and the courthouses were closed from Sept-Dec and staff salaries had to be adjusted to meet the 30% inflation. Even so, our medical clinic continued serving the population with 14,000 total patients, including assisting with 150 surgeries, and we opened a daily baby nutrition program serving 1200 moms with babies monthly. We completed the construction of the concrete structures for our new Birthing Centre and an Autobody Shop. While in session, our technical school had 150 graduates, we sponsored 11 university students, had 480 students in pre-school to grade 6 and 68 students in grade 7-9, 25 students graduated from our Kids4Kids Goat Farm program and we were able to assist 175 wrongfully accused prisoners to find freedom. We also fed 7550 families and 25 churches through our Feed a Family Campaign.
We continue to move forward with the vision laid God has given us.
Our future endeavors 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 permanent church building
Construction of dormitories for technical school students
Expand affiliations with churches & ministries in other areas
NORTH CAMPUS PROPERTY PLANS: