Sustainability is surreal to those caught in a decade old cycle of poverty, family dissolution, and poor education. However, WWV, a Christian non-profit, encourages the Haitian people that there is hope for now and for eternity. By advocating a community based approach, WWV empowers local leaders to implement creative solutions to aid in spiritual development and community enrichment through education.
Haiti is about the size of Maryland, but is home to over 1.7 times as many people. It is the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of Haitians living in poverty and only 52.9 percent of those over the age of 15 are able to read and write. Because of past political corruption, misappropriation of resources, many Haitians continue to remain in extreme poverty and darkness throughout their lives.
In the midst of this severe situation, a group of Minnesotan entrepreneurs were challenged to put their faith into action. Their organization solidified in 2001 and the members pledged to help Haitian families by providing funds, resources, and expertise. Today World Wide Village partners with Haitians in bringing spiritual development and community enrichment through education to Haiti.
World Wide Village envisions a time when education will be widespread in Haiti, leading to knowledge and faith that will be a catalyst for the reestablishment of the family unit, healthy children, and economic stability. However, more than all of this, WWV prays that someday every Haitian will know Jesus.
To push this dream into reality, WWV sponsors trips to Haiti where Americans can catch the vision for wholeness and donate their time and resources. One area where this has been very successful is the construction of housing. WWV, through the aid of its partners, has trained local Haitians in constructing sturdier homes with better sanitation.
Improved living conditions also can provide open doors to education. Therefore, WWV offers donors the opportunity to sponsor students for a Christian education. They also have the chance to donate more generally to support the work of WWV. Overarching all of this, however, are the many prayers of WWV’s partners that lift up Haiti before God.