Our Work in Haiti
VIM has been sending teams to Haiti for the last 28 years. Medical, evangelical
and project work has been accomplished in many areas around the main island
and outlying islands. VIM was on site for many weeks following the 2010
earthquake working with medical teams from around the world to aid the
thousands left homeless and with serious injuries.
It was also in 2010 that we partnered with Pastor Samuel Mersier, a Haitian pastor.
Pastor Samuel's heart was called to provide housing for homeless children.
Through prayer and generous donations, the Ti Palmiste Community Orphanage
opened its doors in October 2011 on the LaGonave Island.
The orphanage began as a four-room home for the children on the grounds of
Pastor Samuel's church which also houses the school they attend. Today,
there is an indoor kitchen, dining space with picnic style tables, shower and bathroom facilities, storage room and two administrative offices. In 2016, we acquired additional rooms from the school that will accommodate dorm rooms, a library, storage for the solar batteries and a vocational training room. You see, twenty-eight small children (some sleeping two to a bed in 2010) could fit in four rooms. With half the children now in their teens, those four rooms were just too small for 28 individual beds and a small amount of space for the possessions of each child.
Our desire is for the orphanage to be self-supporting (at least in part). In 2015, a vegetable garden was started and in 2016 we began preparing land for a goat and chicken husbandry program. This garden and these animals will not only provide food and income for the orphanage, but will provide life-skills for the children as most Haitian families have a small garden, a few goats and a few chickens. They will see the cycle of tending, growing, harvesting, eating, selling and re-investing. They will see their efforts lead to self-sufficiency and personal security.
While the main focus of our efforts in Haiti is the orphanage, mission teams still visit towns nearby to TiPalmiste to run medical clinics and bring the Word of God to the local residents.
You can help by becoming a Godparent to one of the children in the orphanage, supporting a project or sponsoring a mission team member. You can meet the children by clicking on the "Orphanage" tab below. Please contact us if you would like to join or support a mission team or one of our projects.