OUR STORY

For over 15 years, the Hands and Feet Project has been providing family-style, residential care for Haiti’s orphaned and abandoned children.

Our Timeline

2019

15 Years of Hands and Feet Project

15 years ago, a dream was born.

2019
Marvensky Graduated

Marvensky Graduated

Our first student, Marvensky, graduated from Philo, a high school diploma equivalency.

2018

Daniella’s Story

2017

2017 Year in Review

2017
IKONDO Guests

IKONDO Guests

HAFP hosted our first IKONDO guests under our new mission to serve, retreat and explore in our beautiful host nation of Haiti.

2017
Les Petites Mains Garderie

Les Petites Mains Garderie

Les Petites Mains Garderie, opened to provide child care for mothers and fathers in crisis as part of our growth in family preservation programming.

2017
Haiti Made

Haiti Made

Haiti Made came out from under HAFP’s umbrella to allow a greater focus on job creation and impact.

2017

Joel’s Story

My name is Joel. I am 17 years old. This is my story.

2016

2016 Year in Review

2016 was a year that stretched our faith and defined our beliefs. With your help we were able to build more homes, care for more boys and girls, create more jobs, and see God do amazing work in the lives of our staff and children. We invite you to believe…

2015
Reunified

Reunified

Reunified our first residential child with family.

2015
Kay Pwason

Kay Pwason

Completion “Kay Pwason”, our Fish House. This is an Aquaponics system and agricultural space focused on fish production and growing vegetables in Jacmel.

2014
Village Values Celebration

Village Values Celebration

Hosted our first Village Values Celebration weekend honoring our our staff and children for their honesty, responsibility, obedience and love.

2014
Reunification

Reunification

In partnership with Haiti’s child protective services, we assisted in the reunification of nearly 50 children.

2014

IKONDO

IKONDO The dream to create dignified hospitality-based jobs that push against Haiti’s growing orphan and child abandonment crisis is born, in a partnership with Frazer Church in Montgomery, AL.

2013
Fighting for Families

Fighting for Families

Hands and Feet adds “Fighting for families” to its mission statement, making family preservation efforts a foundational goal. Haiti Made, job creation for children transitioning out of orphan care and mothers in crisis, begins.

Our Beginning

For over 15 years, the Hands and Feet Project has been providing family-style, residential care for Haiti’s orphaned and abandoned children. Inspired by fan reaction to their song, “Hands and Feet,” the Christian music group Audio Adrenaline founded the organization in 2004. Beginning just outside of Jacmel, Haiti (Cyvadier), property was purchased and the dream to provide a home for orphaned and abandoned children took root. Drex and Jo Stuart came in as our first missionaries later that year, and by 2005 the Hands and Feet Project welcomed our first child, Tamara. She has grown into a young lady who is known as our social butterfly, filled with sensitivity and a love for people.

Children's Village

The Hands and Feet Project quickly started to see it’s Children’s Village growing along with hosting short term missionaries to serve alongside our team in Haiti. As the community relationships grew, so did the vision for community assistance. In 2008, a program to help mothers in crisis with health and sanitation training, vitamins, and supplements was put into place. Four years in, the team linked arms with local pastors and organizations to rescue children from a corrupt institution. As a result, a new Hands and Feet Project Children’s Village was formed in Grand Goave, Haiti.

Fighting for Families

Over the next few years, the team would host hundreds of short term missionaries, assist in relief efforts after a devastating earthquake, and continue to lean into the needs of the people of Haiti. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the Hands and Feet Project decided to push deeper into the emotional care of the children, and began a partnership with The Refuge Center in Franklin, TN. This led to a furthering of the vision in the ways that we structure long term, residential care for children at the Hands and Feet Project. As the team sifted through this, the Circle of Care was implemented to tend to the children's physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual health. As this passion pushed the vision forward, the Hands and Feet Project officially added “Fighting for Families” to the mission statement, making family preservation efforts a foundational goal. Haiti Made was then founded as a job creation initiative for children transitioning out of orphan care and mothers in crisis. An expansion of the Jacmel campus soon followed, to prepare for the nearly 70 children that reside there today.

IKONDO

As the operation of the Hands and Feet Project had grown to care for over 100 children on two campuses and host many short-term trips, the team began to set forth a vision for a place to host a more dignified and equitable exchange between the Haitian people and trip-goers. This vision is a direct result of the Hands and Feet Project's pursuit to transform the way the church looks at missions. In 2015, the team began construction on IKONDO, a mission guest house that doubles as a job creation initiative that hosts families, churches, and individuals on mission trips. Our new goal is for our guests to experience Haiti in new ways through our Explore, Retreat, and Serve initiatives.

The Future

The Hands and Feet Project team is deeply committed to Haiti. We are passionate about caring for the people God has placed in our care. We work tirelessly in hopes to see each child reach their God-given potential. We strive to see families reunified, to see the child abandonment cycles in Haiti no longer exist at current levels, and to see children raised by family. Our team continues to dive deeper into the needs around them and respond as able. Lastly, we celebrate what God has done, the growth we have seen and hold to a deep belief that there is, indeed, more to come.

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