Currently, in Haiti, over 2/3 of the workforce in Haiti do not have formal jobs or a regular source of income. Haiti has become dependent on foreign aid and imports 80% of the food it consumes. Malnourishment is the leading cause of death among Haitian children. There is a severe lack of safe housing in Haiti. Many families live in poorly constructed tarp or tin homes.
The mission of World Wide Village is to equip and support families and local churches of Haiti by creating sustainable communities through education, healthcare, housing, and agriculture while sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.
Before undertaking a community development project, World Wide Village always seeks the input of local Haitian leaders by asking the following questions:
- What assets do you have?
- What are your goals for your community and what would make life better?
- How can World Wide Village come alongside and help you attain those goals?
Goats: Since 2014, many families have been blessed with the gift of goats. WWV continues to grow its goatherd while gifting goats to local families. These goats multiply quickly overtime and provide long-lasting income for families.
Poultry: The WWV poultry program began in 2015 when WWV constructed a chicken coop for a local family. American and Haitian poultry experts were brought in to train in best methods for raising and selling poultry. Not only is this program providing income, it also increases the local availability of affordable meat for local residents.
Crops: A new area of World Wide Village land is being planted with watermelon, strawberries, papaya, and many varieties of peppers. Moringa is a fast-growing tree that grows best in dry, semi-arid climates, like Haiti. Moringa leaves are a natural multivitamin and offer many nutritional benefits. A Moringa forest is planned for the near future.
Being an entrepreneur in Haiti is not a new concept. Many Haitians sell in the open markets and earn enough to feed their families. With help from donors and partners, WWV has been able to financially assist people in starting or growing businesses, as well as providing guidance on understanding profit and loss, buying merchandise at the best price, and keeping accurate records to assess profitability and growth.
World Wide Village also recently built and supports a sewing center where young women are trained in sewing skills. These young women are learning a valuable trade that will offer them a way to financially provide for their families.
Knowing that a healthy home is a necessity for sustainable living, World Wide Village has partnered with American construction teams to train and work alongside Haitian construction workers to build sturdy, long-lasting homes for families in Haiti. World Wide Village now employs two Haitian-led construction crews that are leading the way in constructing single-family homes in rural areas of Haiti. What a blessing a new home is for a family in Haiti! Siltamene and her family were the most recent recipients of a new home constructed by the WWV construction crew. Thanks to a generous donor – Byron Jones from the Dallas Cowboys – Siltamene and her six children have a new home where they can feel safe and secure and start to thrive.
World Wide Village Locations:
403 Jackson Street, Suite 308
Minneapolis, MN 55303
Phone: (651) 777-6908
3810 Murrell Rd, #303
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: (321) 735-8574