World Renew has been working in Haiti since 1975. In recent years, World Renew has joined forces with other Christian Reformed agencies in Haiti and works under the name of Sous Eswpa, which means "Source of Hope." Despite the unstable environment of Haiti, Sous Espwa's work with partners continues to bear fruit.
Date of Involvement
World Renew Partners In Haiti
PROGRAM FOR TRAINING DIACONAL ORGANIZATIONS (PWOFOD)
Program for Training Diaconal Organizations (PWOFOD) PWOFOD works with churches in urban Port-au-Prince neighborhoods. Through PWOFOD programs, church deacons are trained to reach out to people in the community. PWOFOD also helps churches start small-loan programs for business owners, and literacy classes for adults.
CHRISTIAN CENTER FOR INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT (SKDE)
SKDE focuses on communities in poverty in the rural parts of Haiti. SKDE helps people form community groups – called co-operatives. Through these co-ops, SKDE provides adult literacy classes, agricultural training, and micro-credit.
UNION OF BAPTIST CHURCHES IN HAITI (UEBH)
UEBH has a variety of ministries. World Renew works with two of them. Through Federation of Youth Associations (FAJ), World Renew is working on innovative and dynamic young adult ministries. This includes training on civic education, environmental awareness, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, spiritual formation, and entrepreneurship.
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF PORT-AU-PRINCE (STEP)
STEP is located in a very poor area and its leadership wants to improve its ability to meet the needs of people in the community. To get started, they identified three neighborhoods where they would focus their attention. They now assist these communities in health, literacy and micro-credit.
CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH OF HAITI (ECRH)
The CRC of Haiti is involved in youth ministries, developing church leadership, evangelism, women's programs, diaconal training, and radio broadcast. World Renew supports the ECRH by providing advice and consultation to its deacons. Through this support, ECRH is able to better meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in the communities around their churches. ECRH is also involved in literacy, environmental awareness, and AIDS prevention.
MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT (MDK)
MDK offers a three-year program to provide practical and theological training to pastors, deacons, and church leaders for the benefit of the churches and communities they serve. MDK also works at developing and distributing simple Bible study and discipleship materials in the Creole language.
MDK was formed from three programs that had formerly been run by Christian Reformed World Missions. When MDK made the shift to functioning as its own agency, they asked World Renew to come alongside them to offer advice and support, especially in the areas of diaconal training, AIDS prevention, and community development.