We share ministry in Haiti with two mission partners: Haiti Outreach Ministry and Family Health Ministry.
Haiti Outreach Ministry (HOM)
Haiti Outreach Ministry (HOM) supports churches with school and clinic outreach programs in the Terre Noire, Cite Soleil, Repatriote, and Barye Fe communities near Port-au-Prince. Pastor Leon and Jacky Dorleans began their ministry in Haiti 30 years ago with a church serving people in the Cite Soleil community. Today their work includes three churches, three primary schools, a secondary school, a clinic, and vocational classes! Over 3,000 people worship weekly in the three churches and HOM provides schooling for more than 1900 students.
With financial support from our church and others, in September 2015, HOM opened a secondary school in the Barye Fe community so children would no longer have to leave their community after sixth grade to continue their education. The school currently serves over 500 students in grades seven through thirteen. Most recently the campus was expanded to include additional classrooms, a computer lab, and a kitchen. Students are now able to enjoy a hot meal at lunchtime. HOM hopes to open a dining hall/chapel in the future so there will be a larger gathering place for students.
WMPC sponsors 30 children who attend school in Terre Noire. (Photos of the children are displayed in Geneva Hall.) We hope to continue to sponsor these children through high school. Several Sunday School classes, circles, and individuals at WMPC also sponsor children. HOM relies on sponsorship to support the children with their education. Information on sponsorship is available on the HOM website.
Pastor Leon Dorleans and his daughter Nadege are frequent visitors to our church. Nadege and her husband Alex were married at White Memorial in January 2021.
For additional information about HOM visit their website at haitiom.org.
Family Health Ministries (FHM)
Family Health Ministries (FHM) was founded by David (Ob/Gyn) and Kathy (pediatric nurse practitioner) Walmer started their work in Haiti in 1993. FHM’s programs focus on women’s and children’s health care and education, with an emphasis on cervical cancer prevention and safe childbirth. They serve 1,000 Haitians monthly. Employing 50 Haitians and five Americans, Family Health Ministries sets priorities with its Haitian partners, researching and developing tools and techniques tailored to Haitian needs. Family Health Ministries has many collaborators and partners in Haiti and in the US including White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Their mission is “to support Haitian communities in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families.”
For additional information about FHM visit their website at familyhm.org.