ABOUT THE COUNTRY
During its time as a French colony, Haiti became the wealthiest nation in the Caribbean due to its forestry and sugar-related industries, run heavily by African slaves. In the late 18th century, half a million slaves revolted, and after much struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial, black-led country in 1804. Due to a history of dictators, external intervention by other nations, natural disasters, economic turmoil, disease, and government corruption, Haiti is now one of the poorest countries in the world.
Lack of access to education and nutrition has left children to fall behind developmentally and suffer from malnutrition, as well as many other medical conditions caused by polluted drinking water and unsanitary home environments.
VisionTrust currently works with four different schools in Haiti. Grand Savann School is located near the town of Léogâne where the 2010 earthquake is still affecting the community, with many people suffering from illnesses and other issues. In Croix des Bouquets we partner with a school that provides impoverished children and orphans in the community with a loving and safe environment to learn. In the coastal town of Montrouis, several hours outside Port-Au-Prince, we minister to children through the work of a local church and the VisionTrust School that is run on its premises, Institution Classique Philanthropique de Montrouis. The students at Evan’s School, in the town of Gressier, work as Restaveks in the homes of extended family or community members. They’re treated so poorly that they’re usually only permitted to attend school in the afternoon, if at all.
In each of our programs we strive to give the children a quality, Christ-centered education, as well as food, vitamins, medical care and the love and hope of the Gospel. Our desire is for these Haitian children to grow up to live for God and love others.
Meet the Kids
MEET OUR LOCAL HERO
Semira Tullus was 13 and had never attended school. When his parents became Christians, they recognized the importance of helping him mature, so they sent him to school. He completed two grades every year, finished high school, college, and earned his master’s degree. In 2012 Semira became part of VisionTrust and is committed to seeing kid’s lives transformed the way his was.