Haiti was the first nation of African descent to win their independence, but have since struggled to maintain a stable economic or governmental infrastructure. Without a solid foundation to build on, they have relied on outside relief and aid for many years. This, coupled with catastrophic natural disasters, has led to a victim mentality among the people. With the majority of Haitians living on less than $2 USD per day, there is very little investment into the success and dreams of the next generation. Small businesses of ambitious men and women entrepreneurs, and the tuition of aspiring students and professionals are not priorities.
Beauty of Haiti
Though there are several shocking stats regarding this land, Haiti and her people are full of beauty and potential. We choose to focus on this beauty, and in doing so, we invest in the hearts of Haiti’s children because we believe in a bright, Christ-centered future for each and every one of them.
There is an epidemic known as the “Orphan Cycle” plaguing many developing countries such as Haiti. Many orphaned children are children of orphans themselves. These children develop the mindset that being abandoned is “a part of life” and treat their children the same way. They grow up and identify with the orphan spirit of rejection, and in turn, reject their own. It is very difficult for them to give love and acceptance to children if they themselves have never had it. Furthermore, many children are seen as burdens and left on the streets to fend for themselves. Being the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, poverty is a major contributor to this destructive cycle.