Today marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. While it would be easy to focus on the hardships that day created, World Wide Village (WWV) is taking a cue from the people we work with in Haiti. These Haitians aren’t looking back, they’re looking forward. Yes, there are struggles, but there is also much that is positive in Haiti these days.
Today a new president, Michel Martelly, leads Haiti. President Martelly is pro-business and pro-education. He has promised a free education for 800,000 Haitian children — an absolute must if Haiti is to grow into a better future. Political change is moving slowly in Haiti, but it is moving and in the right direction!
For WWV, the improvements we have seen have been nothing short of miraculous. We dedicated an awesome new school in Luly for 350 students; planted a community garden that promises better nutrition and economic development for 26 families; and built a bio-digester that will improve food production and reduce waste pollution – all in Luly. Beyond Luly, we are building homes in Gonaives, building classrooms in Williamson, supplying food for thousands of children per day, and providing help to several children’s homes and schools.
2011 was a phenomenal year for World Wide Village, being able to expand a hand up to more families and communities. 2012 is already shaping up to be another stellar year for being the hands and feet of our God.
We regularly lift our prayers for those still dealing with the loss and aftermath of the earthquake, but we also pray that God continues to bless WWV with the faith, people, energy and money to help transform lives, empower communities and love people in Haiti and beyond. We know that with the support of our friends and faith in God, the future for Haiti is bright. Will you help us keep the good news coming?
Three areas particularly can use your support:
(1) We are grateful for the 142 children sponsored through our Student Sponsorship Program, but still have 500 waiting for sponsors. At just $28 per month, you can transform the life of a child.
(2) Help us reach the World Wide Village Family Housing Fund goal of building 400 homes. We currently have commitments to build 30 homes, but still need the funds to move 370 families out of tents and temporary structures into permanent homes. With a donation of $5000 you can build a home for one of those families and provide employment for five Haitians.
(3) Mission teams are a vital part of our ministry in Haiti. We have many teams already booked for 2012, but have room for many more teams to work alongside us in Haiti. Maybe 2012 is the year you finally take that trip. Call us or email us today to start planning your mission trip.