About Haiti

Spend Yourself® Haiti (Partner: World Vision)

· Partnership Date: November 15, 2009

· Location: Savane Plate, Central Plateau

· Population: 1800, including 600 children.

· Projects:

o Phase I (2010-2011): Goats, chickens, oxen, plows, and home drinking water filtration systems. Construction of a 30-acre lake, for irrigation and fish farming, stocked with 5,000 fish. Cost: $250,000 (funded and completed).

o Phase II (2012-2013): Construction of a farm tool depot. Additional drinking water purification systems and construction of 50 latrines. Training in hygiene and latrine care. Cost: $300,000 (funded and completed).

o Child Sponsorships: $35/month/child. Presently, 145 children sponsored. Need: Sponsors for 75 more children.

o Phase III Proposal from World Vision is expected in the coming weeks. Likely projects: 50 more latrines, 3 more hand pump drinking water wells, irrigation extension with additional pump, sugar cane production expansion, grain grinding mill, 100 more home drinking water filtration systems. Anticipated Cost: $250,000

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CHILD SPONSORSHIP

Make a difference in a child's life. Consider sponsoring a child in the Savane Plate area, Haiti. It's as easy as 1,2,3:
  1. Visit the Sponsorship Table in Room 229 on Sunday mornings during the month of December. Request a packet and complete the information on the card.
  2. Include your first monthly gift of $35.
  3. Seal the envelope and hand it to the missions official.

About Spend Yourself® Haiti

Columbia is partnering with World Vision International to address hunger in Savane Plate, Haiti, located in the Central Plateau. In 2010-2011, Phase I (costing $250,000) has provided the people of Savane Plate with:

  • training for 50 church and community leaders, empowering them to drive the development of their communities;
  • an 8 million gallon lake stocked with 5,000 tilapia, and providing a source of protein and dietary diversity, enabling the irrigation of at least 35 acres of land that were previously unsuitable for farming;
  • 10 oxen and 5 plows, allowing approximately 50 additional acres to be tilled during the planting season;
  • filtration systems for 200 families (1,000 people), increasing access to potable water and decreasing the occurrence of nutrient-depleting illnesses; and
  • 150 goats, 300 hens, and 200 guinea fowl, providing a source of income on food for families.

The objectives of Phase II:

  1. enhanced spiritual development and economic opportunities through strengthened church and community groups;
  2. surplus crops and livestock through improved agricultural production and storage techniques;
  3. elevated health and livelihoods through church and community-driven education campaigns on clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene practices; and
  4. sponsorship of 215 children in the area.
The cost for Phase II is $298,620 for items 1–3, plus $90,300 per year for item 4.

For more information about Spend Yourself® Haiti, contact Courtney Benton, Spend Yourself® Haiti lay leader, or Greg Loewer, Pastor for Missions.

Get Involved

There are various ways you can get involved:
  • PRAY
    Join us in prayer for the Haitian people as you realize they are living hungry.

  • GIVE FINANCIALLY
    Donate now by going to our Online Giving page. Sign up for an account and designate Spend Yourself® World Hunger Relief for your contribution.

  • PARTICIPATE IN A MISSION TRIP Learn about our recent May 2013 Mission trip here

  • SPONSOR A CHILD
    In partnership with World Vision, Columbia has sponsored 120+ kids and counting. Would you join us in making a difference in the life of one of these children, too? For more information and packet availability, contact Missions Office, x262 or x224.

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