the @helponenow bloggers guide to empowering haiti’s future

empowering haiti, education, school, jobs, community, haiti

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

November 6, 2012

empowering haiti, education, school, jobs, community, haiti

“No education, no future.
With education, dreams come true!”

I discovered these words scribbled in chalk on a door while visiting a very poor community during a  recent mission trip. It’s a statement that’s stuck with me as I’ve visited other communities and saw the quality of education (or lack thereof).

One particular community that’s near and dear to my heart is in the Pétionville-area, just outside of Port-au-Prince. It’s where Pastor Gaetan runs the Yahve Shamma orphanage…

…and shepherds a local church…

…and runs a small school (now in a tented structure) where the 30 orphans he cares for and another 120 kids in the community come to learn.

It’s a special place. And when I say special, I mean sacred.

You can sense the Spirit of God when you walk these grounds. You can sense the dedication Pastor Gaetan and the teachers in the school have for building up a strong next generation. You can sense the hope for Haiti in the children when they look you in the eye and tell you, “Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay.”

When our Help One Now Bloggers team was recently in Haiti, it didn’t take long for us to realize that if Haiti could be saved, then it would need to be saved from within. There’s nothing we can do to swoop down and make everything better, nor should it be that way.

That’s why our team decided that if we’re going to leave a legacy, then it would need to be in a way that would empower Haiti. Empowering Haiti to transform her own future would be critical to any plan or project that we take on.

That’s why we’re building a school.

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It’s a big project with an even bigger impact. Consider this…

  • 150 children in the area will have a real school to attend
  • The parents of the children will have the hope of a better future for their children
  • 12 teachers will have a job
  • 30 builders will have work through this project
  • Local merchants who sell supplies for the building project will have income
  • Food vendors will have income generated from builders who can now buy food for their families

A project like this provides instantaneous stimulation for the local economy, and it means that children will get the education they need to possibly move on to college and secure good jobs in the future.

So here’s the deal. It’s a $100,00 project, and we can’t do this without you. We’re partnering with Pure Charity to make this happen. And here are a few things you can do to help…

Create and Use Your Personal Giving Fund on

This will be the most direct way to help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 to complete this project. Your action steps are:

  • Create a Pure Charity account
  • Fund your personal giving account
  • Buy a (virtual) brick for $25 for the current phase of the project
  • Install the browser widget and build you personal giving fund for additional donations to the project
  • Invite your friends to join the Generation of Generosity

Help Us Tell the Story

This whole project started with a group of storytellers sitting in a place where we were moved by the stories that surrounded us. Stories can make a big difference, and your story can help  move the needle in the fight against poverty. Here are some ways that you can get involved:

  • Share this story, talk about this project and why you think it’s important
  • Talk about poverty, education, or Haiti in general
  • Sponsor a child in Haiti and talk about what it means to you

If you have questions or need resources to help you tell your story, then let me know. I know people who can make things happen. It’s my goal to help empower you to use your voice to make a difference.

And if you write a story pointing people back to this project, then share the link in the Linky Tools widget below. And if you’re super ambitious, then feel free to grab the widget code and embed it on your post(s). I’m expecting that there will be some amazing stories shared while we empower Haiti and transform a community.

For now, I’ll leave you with this…

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela (Click to Tweet this quote)


  1. Sarah Bessey

    Linked up, Dan! Excellent post. Love being an Unlikely with you and Krista.

    • @bibledude

      thanks sarah! it’s simply an honor to serve with you on an amazing project like this one! #fistbump

  2. 1lori_1

    I will link up to this….what an amazing project!

  3. Deidra

    I’m in!

  4. Melinda Todd

    Beautiful! Haiti has my heart after our mission trip in March of 2013. We have been asked to come as missionaries to the island of LaGonave. We have said yes. We are praying my husband and I can return this spring or fall and work for a week or two at the orphanage and then we will come home and start raising our funds.

    • Dan King

      That’s SO cool! I love Haiti! It’s such a wonderful place, and the people are so resilient and beautiful. They inspire me more than they could ever imagine! I pray that your time/work down there continues to be fruitfull!


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the @helponenow bloggers guide to empowering haiti’s future

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