Our Mission Sites
The work of Haiti Outreach Ministries and our Haitian partner, Mission Communautaire de l’Église Chrétienne des Cités, is focused in the poorest areas of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with a gross national income per capita of $1,730, according to the World Bank. 59% of the population lives on less than US$2 per day, and 25% lives in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 per day. Haiti ranks 163 out of 188 on the 2016 Human Development Index. Per the CIA Factbook, over two-thirds of the Haitian labor force do not have formal jobs.
Our work began – and continues – in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil is an extremely impoverished and densely populated commune that was originally developed as a shanty town and has since grown to over 200,000 residents. The area is generally considered one of the worst slums in the Northern Hemisphere. Cite Soleil has virtually no sewers and has a poorly maintained open canal system that serves as its sewage system, few formal businesses, sporadic electricity, and minimal community resources. Despite these harsh conditions, the strength and joy of its residents is in great abundance. Cite Soleil is home to our first church, the medical and dental clinic, a clean water system, a primary school, and a vocational school.
This community is also known as Blanchard and is located about 2.5 miles north of Cite Soleil. Once a large farming area, Terre Noire is now a community of approximately 120,000 residents. In the last ten years, the population has grown due to people relocating from Cite Soleil and other areas. Our Terre Noire campus is home to an ever-growing church, whose structure has been expanded twice in recent years, as well as a primary school, vocational school, and clean water system. The campus is also home to an on-site gift shop, which features artfully-designed, handmade items created by students in the vocational school.
This community, formerly known as Menelas, is located just three miles from Cite Soleil. When the neighboring Dominican Republic began to expel Haitian refugees in 2004, this area was set aside as a place where individuals could find affordable land for homes. In the 2010 earthquake, our Repatriote campus was completely destroyed. Reconstruction began later that year, and, thanks to generous donations of labor and funds, a new church building was completed in 2014. Today, the Repatriote campus includes a growing primary school and a clean water system. Our medical staff holds a medical clinic on this campus one day a week.
Located very close to Cite Soleil, Barye Fe is home to our secondary school, which opened in September 2015. This school allows students from our three primary schools to continue their education with us, receiving robust academic formation in a Christian-centered environment. Currently serving seventh through twelfth grades, additional classrooms are planned to be opened in September 2021, allowing the Barye Fe school to provide educational access through the 13 grades that comprise the Haitian education system. Click here to learn more about the capital campaign to expand Barye Fe Secondary School and how you can get involved.
Our new fifth campus – the Espwa Campus – is being created as a hub for economic empowerment activities. “Espwa” is the Creole word for “hope.” While we believe that meeting basic needs such as education and health care remains essential, we know that individuals and families in Haiti are desperately hungry for economic opportunity. The new Espwa Campus is being created as a specific response to these challenges. HOM has acquired five acres of land that are centrally located to our existing campuses. This Espwa Campus will meet the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters coming out of those existing sites as well as those living in the surrounding communities, serving as a vocational center for on-site training, small business incubation, and other business development activities. It will also feature a Bible College.