What We Do
At our core, the mission of Haiti180 is to create the opportunity to form well educated leaders of faith for the future of Haiti and to make sure every child in our care has a childhood that is filled with love and joy. With your love, support, and prayer, we have been blessed with the opportunity to broaden our focus, reaching out to the poorest of the poor from the young to the old professing God’s love through our developments in education, medical care, housing, and so much more for the kind and loving people of Haiti. We are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and together, we can turn it around.
We prayed about the perfect name for our orphanage and Kay Mari (which means House of Mary) came right to our hearts. What home could invoke a more warm sense of love and home than Mary the mother of Jesus’ home? It is that model of love and tenderness that we strive to imitate. The missionaries who come to Kay Mari’ remark on how much love and joy there is here. In fact, Child Services of Haiti told us we were one of the best orphanages they had ever seen because of the joy of the children and its cleanliness! These children arrived at our gates near death with no smiles and we thank God because now it is their smiles that light up Kay Mari with peace and joy!
Before this beautiful school was established the children went to school in run down shacks with leaky roofs. Immaculate Conception school can hold 500 children and you can see their sense of dignity and pride as they enter the classrooms. Our curriculum is top notch and our teachers are excellent! The children will speak three languages when they graduate!
Many elderly people die alone in the mountains from starvation and loneliness. Parents don’t have enough money or food to feed both their children and grandparents so the elderly often go without. Our Kay Martina homes will help the abandoned elderly find a place of rest and comfort. They are treated with dignity and love and have instant grandchildren from the children of the orphanage! It’s a beautiful match! The first elderly woman we asked to come live with us in one of the Kay Martina houses said she was so excited to do so but greatly wished that we had children nearby. Boy was she in for a treat!
The front-and-center project in the mission is to build a medical clinic that can treat and care for the people in the villages of Duverger and Dandann. This massive structure of healing will allow women to give birth in a safe environment instead of alone in shabby huts. We will be able to perform small procedures, blood work, dental care, eye exams, and take x-rays. This clinic will save countless lives and give the villagers a place closer to home for treatment instead of having to walk for many hours to find help.