Did you know there is a Christian Reformed Church in Haiti? The Eglise Chretienne Reformee d’Haiti, or ECRH, was legally recognized in 1999 and currently has 45 affiliated churches in seven geographic departments.
In rural Haiti, it’s not easy to be a business owner, especially if you don’t even know how to read. Enjoying the income and self-reliance of the entrepreneurial life can be out of reach for the 39% of Haitians who aren’t literate. World Renew Haiti is making that connection for the young people and adults who participate in their literacy classes. Now students in the poor and remote parts of the country who complete literacy training have the opportunity to learn barbering, a skill that will allow them to run their own businesses and generate income for their families.
There are a lot of acronyms here at World Renew: PAG, NEICORD, FOTADEL, SLDS, CECS... They can be a little overwhelming until you know that each acronym simply represents one of the 84 organizations World Renew partners with in 31 countries around the globe. Our partners work at the local level, helping identify a community’s needs and its capacity to implement and sustain solutions to those needs. Each acronym represents enormous potential for changing stories. So read on to discover how World Renew and Haitian partners PWOFOD and ADJGH are fostering local leadership and development in the community of Gressier, Haiti.
Earlier this year, I traveled to Leogane, Haiti and saw again how people can change their own story. I was there for the final evaluation of a three-year project. After the earthquake in 2010, World Renew worked with a series of farmers’ associations in the areas of Fond des Boudins and Palmiste a Vin. As the disaster response work wrapped up, we received funding for three more years to implement community organizing and livelihoods activities in 17 communities of those areas.