What is Self-Sustainability?

Centuries of political unrest have left the Haitian economy in shambles. The Haiti Orphan Project and others are attempting to bridge the gap between the current poor economy, and a growing and thriving Haiti.

An important aspect of what the Haiti Orphan Project does is best described as “self-sustainability.” In the end, the Haitian people want to take care of their own needs. They do not want to be dependent on organizations such as ours.

Self-sustainability simply means that we do what we can to help the Haitian people lift themselves up economically. This includes helping create micro-businesses which can help support the orphanages and other projects as well as doing all we can to support the local economy by purchasing goods and services in Haiti if at all possible.

Micro-businesses provide an excellent job training opportunity for the older children in the orphan village. This can only help them to be better prepared for life after orphan care.

SELF-SUSTAINABILITY IDEAS INVOLVED

Sewing

Every school child must have a uniform to attend school in Haiti. Orphans, and most other children, cannot afford one. So, locals are hired to make uniforms for the children. We pay for the uniforms with monies donated to HOPE. Profits are turned back into the orphan village. A goal is that some day the sewing business will make and mend clothing for the community for a profit.

Bakeries

Haitians love their baked bread. A bakery attached to the village will provide a few jobs, food for the children and one day some profits from selling bread to the community.

Clean Water

We raise money to do all that is necessary to provide clean drinking water for the children. Locals will be able to purchase clean water at a modest cost and provide a small profit for the orphan village.

Agriculture

Some orphan villages are situated where various agriculture projects are available. For example, Village de Vie has approximately half an acre of land suitable to grow rice. This affords the opportunity to provide some food for the children as well as some real life training for some of the older children to learn how to farm.