With the four-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating, 7.0 magnitude earthquake just two weeks away, Mission of Hope (MOH) a Christian nonprofit headquartered in Haiti, has developed a holistic model for long-term development and rebuilding that works and is sustainable.
“The earthquake didn’t just affect people physically, but it affected the lives of millions of Haitians as a whole: mind, body and soul,” said Brad Johnson, President of Mission of Hope. “Mission of Hope has shown that long-term transformation and effective rebuilding are possible but require a holistic approach and not just immediate relief.”
Founded in 1998, MOH started as a small, Christian ministry providing Bible studies and limited medical treatments through its one, on-site clinic. Over the past fifteen years, the Haiti-based nonprofit has grown ten-fold into a sprawling 236-acre organization covering four sites and providing a variety of programs impacting more than 200,000 Haitians.
MOH today incorporates holistic programming including housing, medical, food and education in addition to its Christian ministry. On a daily basis, MOH and its partners feed more than 80,000 Haitians using food supplies stored in the organization’s 32-thousand square-foot warehouse. In addition, MOH has built more than four hundred permanent homes for displaced Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake. The organization is also in the process of expanding its medical clinic and building a hospital on-site in addition to a technical school and sports complex.
“Our vision at Mission of Hope is not just to see Haiti survive but thrive,” said Johnson. “But the biggest challenge is that Haitians aren’t being given enough opportunities beyond rebuilding. Our model changes that as our team works to train the people of Haiti to dream and lead.”