January 12, 2010 brought devastation to the country of Haiti. An estimated 3 million people were directly affected by the 7.0 earthquake. Hope Force had volunteers on the ground within days providing medical assistance to those injured. The need was so overwhelming that our HFI staff knew that they would need to continue to be committed to helping those affected by this disaster. Jack Minton, HFI Founder/President shared, “For a nation already crippled by chronic poverty, this was a severe blow to their struggle for survival”.
Hope Force came alongside the village of Sous Savanne, a small community that was overwhelmed and overlooked by disaster response agencies. It was estimated that more than 90% of the dwellings were destroyed. By providing for their needs at a time of overwhelming loss, we were able to let them know that they were not forgotten, provided hope and a pathway to recovery.
Hope force continues to have two full time staff members serving in county. This helps to provide a coordinated effort for our on-going work. We have cared for the village in many ways: building permanent homes and latrines; developing a child sponsorship program; providing assistance with food insecurity, reaching out to other communities in times of disasters and hosting mission teams to help with the on-going programs.
Millions of people grapple with the painful road to recovery. Hurricanes, earthquakes, lack of infrastructure, political unrest and gang related violence has only continued to create a difficult pathway to a better future. This is why Hope Force remains committed to serve the people of Haiti.
Below you will find our current Haiti programs that you can get involved with in many unique ways.
“Houses of Hope” is a vital step in meeting the dire housing needs of Sous Savanne and surrounding communities. Another objective is to build latrines to improve living.
We have two staff members devoted to our work in Haiti.