Our Christ-centered purpose is to provide family-style, residential care and sustainable solutions that fight against Haiti’s orphan crisis.
Haiti’s Orphan Crisis
In 2012, Unicef estimated there were 430,000 orphans in Haiti. Unicef defines “orphan” as a child who has lost one or both parents. Many of the estimated 430,000 Haitian orphans are living with an existing parent or extended family members, while others are living as child slaves (“Restaveks”), or in various forms of institutionalized care. Unicef’s definition of orphan can be further defined as children in crisis due to death of a parent/parents or separation from parent/parents caused by, but not limited to, war, sickness, or extreme poverty. A large portion of Haiti’s orphaned children fall into the category of separation due to extreme poverty.
First, under the guidance of Haiti’s Child Social Services, we provide holistic, residential care for children in crisis by building and operating Children’s Villages with multiple family-style homes lead by Haitian House Mothers. By utilizing our resources, relationships, and our American and Haitian staff, we strive to create a circle of care around each child with the intent of giving every boy and girl the chance to reach their God-given potential.
Second, we will utilize our platform to help create sustainable and dignified jobs to push against the poverty-driven child abandonment and child slavery cycles. We believe the best orphan care strategy starts with a fight to keep families together.
OUR CORE VALUES
From our Children’s Villages in Haiti to our offices in the United States, we hold fast to Christ’s teachings and commandments. We strive to teach and exemplify Love, Honesty, Obedience, and Responsibility in the name of Christ.
Hands and Feet Culture
- We fight for family. We believe the best option for long-term care of any child is within a thriving, healthy family. We celebrate the re-unification of children with their biological families. We advocate for adoption if possible. Although we provide exceptional, family-style care in a safe, nurturing environment, we view our Children’s Villages as the best, last resort for children in crisis.
- We are not the authority. The children we care for are under the jurisdiction of Haiti’s Child Social Services. We do not “take in” children. Children are placed with us by Haitian government agencies. With a position of humility, we are providing resources, systems, and compassion to provide Haiti the very best residential care options for it’s most vulnerable children.
- Circle of Care. We provide comprehensive care by partnering with a team of experts and passionate support staff to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs of every boy and girl. Our team of care-givers and the standard of excellence we strive for is affectionately called our “Circle of Care”.
- Village Values. At each Children’s Village we are committed to encourage and equip our kids to embrace Hands and Feet Project’s core values of Love, Honesty, Obedience, and Responsibility with ongoing teaching, intentional activities, and by celebrating exceptional behavior at our yearly Village Values event.
- Transitional Care. At 18 years of age, our children have the option of leaving our campuses as an adult or staying at one of our Transitional Care Homes in the community until they are 21. Those who choose to stay with Hands and Feet Project enter into a contractual agreement constituting a behavioral expectation and a work/study requirement. Children live, study and/or work under the guidance of a Residential Advisor. We are also committed to providing different apprenticeship options for these young adults.
- Haiti Made. Haiti Made was created by the Hands and Feet Project to help provide jobs for children transitioning out of orphan care. In early 2017 Haiti Made was purchased by HEI (Haiti Entrepreneurial Initiative), a for-profit company, with the vision to provide more jobs for struggling families and individuals. HAITI MADE has grown to partner with numerous organizations and retailers across the USA and grown to employ nearly 100 Haitians.
- IKONDO, a guest house nestled in the mountains above Grand Goave, Haiti, is a job-creation, family preservation initiative powered by the Hands and Feet Project. IKONDO is poised to change the way the Church approaches Missions in Haiti by combining traditional service projects, cultural exploration and time to retreat. This approach creates a more dignified and equitable exchange between our passionate guests and our Haitian hosts.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return to power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.