Hearts United with Haiti

A photo of the outside of the original Center in Carrefour

‚Äč‚ÄčTraining & Discipleship Center

One of our goals from the beginning with our organization was to help nuclear families stay together. Life is very difficult for many families in Haiti and many parents struggle to care for their children. Some choose to place their children in orphanages simply because they feel they can not care for them. So, after a few years of talking to parents (and others) in our community about their greatest need, the common answer we heard was, "We need jobs!"  We prayed about how God wanted us to respond to thisneed and He kept bringing up the idea of a Community Center where we could offer classes, job training, work on job creation, and support the families in the neighborhood we serve (Tikajou). We prayed about the opportunity and in the winter of 2015/16 He provided the perfect location- right next door to our mission base in Carrefour.  He also provided the funding for the first year's rent (through a generous donor).  So, we followed His lead and stepped out in faith to open this facility. (note: in October 2019 we moved from this original location and are now closer to Tikajou and have a much larger building/grounds to run our programs. This has allowed us to expand and increase the ministry opportunities to reach more youth & families)

The Center serves as any community center in the USA- offering free programs for those who live nearby.  Currently, we offer youth educational classes such as English & computer, adult literacy, parent/caregiver classes, homework/tutoring help, and more. We also have had classes on health/nutrition, first aid, etc....  taught by those on short-term mission trips with our organization.  In addition to classes, we offer community events such as movies, family fun days, etc...which is a fun way for us to get to know the community and for them to know us as well.   

Our current main focus is our YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAM.  We have three youth classes (two are 2 times/week)- one for intermediate English and one for computer and one is 1 time/week for beginner English. Ages range from 8 years old to 18 years old.  The youth from our community and the mountains above our Center come to class, get some instruction time, and then partake in a meal together with our Haitian staff.  Every Saturday a different class comes for 3 hours where they have time for fun (games/singing/etc.) as well as some organized instruction (Bible study, leadership, citizenship, environmental awareness, etc....) and then they finish with another meal together.  

The Center is not just for youth though that is our main focus.  Click here to learn more about other ways we use the facility.                                                    Or click this link to see some videos of our Center in action.....   

All programs, classes and food are free to those registered.  We offer monthly a youth sponsorship program to cover our expenses.  There are always youth in need of sponsors and, quite frankly, we rely heavily on donors to keep our doors open.  If you would like more information about sponsorship or would like to support this part of our ministry, click one of these links:   

*All that we do has a focus on Christ and pointing those who come to the Center to Him.  We seek to do all with integrity and to model Christ-like principles in business and in how we treat all who come through our doors.  We use teachable moments every chance we can to share His love with our neighbors.  

If YOU have a skill you would like to share or a way to help our Haitian brothers/sisters grow we would love for you to contact us.  We are always looking for new ideas and ways to educate, equip and empower those God sends our way!

A photo of the outside of our new Center in Carrefour.  The mission base is on the top floor and the ministry Center is below.  We are excited to see how God uses this place!