OUR STORY

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

Our Timeline

2012
CAFO

CAFO

Hands Feet continues to explore best practices along the childcare continuum in partnership with CAFO. (Christian Alliance for Orphans)

2011

Natural Disasters

Hands and Feet, along with the rest of Southern Haiti, continues to recover from one of the worlds worst natural disasters. Hands and Feet pushes deeper into the emotional care needs of the children in partnership with the Refuge Center.

2010
Earthquake

Earthquake

At 4:53 pm on January 12th, Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, leaving over 100,000 people dead. Hands and Feet assisted in relief efforts for months in and around Grand Goave and Jacmel Haiti.

2008
Grand Goave

Grand Goave

We assisted local pastors and organizations in an effort to rescue children from a corrupt facility – In Grand Goave, a new Children’s Village is needed to meet the need.

2008
Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Hurricane Gustav, Hanah, and Ike brought serious flooding, causing a major landslide which left the Children’s Village buried under 6 feet of rock and earth.

2008
Mothers in Crisis

Mothers in Crisis

Started program to help mothers in crisis with health and sanitation training, vitamins and supplements.

2007
Hands & Feet Project

Hands & Feet Project

24 children are now placed in the loving care of the Hands and Feet Project growing village.

2005
Tamara

Tamara

Hands and Feet welcomes the first little girl, Tamara.

2004
Official

Official

Hands and Feet Project is officially formed. Outside of Jacmel Haiti, property was purchased and the dream to provide a home for orphaned and abandoned children began. Drex and Jo Stuart, former missionaries in Haiti, moved to Jacmel to build and manage the program from the ground up.

2003
Audio Adrenaline

Audio Adrenaline

Audio Adrenaline, after being inspired by fan reactions to their song Hands and Feet, is moved to start ministry dedicated to helping the children of Haiti.

Our Beginning

For over 15 years, 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 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

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, 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 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, 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 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 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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