The mission of the Haiti Micah Project (HMP) is to provide life-saving needs of a daily meal, clean water, healthcare, clothing, educational assistance, and vocational training for children and young adults living in Mirebalais, Haiti, that will prepare them for responsible and purposeful lives in their nation and community.
The Haiti Micah Project is a faith based organization committed to addressing the needs of over 500 impoverished and uneducated children in Mirebalais, Haiti, a city located in the Central Plateau. In 2005 city leaders requested help from the Rev. Joseph Constant, a Haitian-American Episcopal priest, living in Alexandria, Virginia. That year, Father Joseph founded the HMP was established and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Haiti. It is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not under the auspices of any church, denomination, or government affiliation.
In October 2006, the Haiti Micah Project partnered with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mirebalais, and began our feeding program. The local leaders identified 150 children who were in critical need of life saving food, clean water, health care, education, and emotional support . As a result, in 2009 HMP opened its group home under the name of the Solidarite et Action pour Les Enfants de Sion (Solidarity and Action For The Children of Sion). or the SAES Home. After the 2010 earthquake, the number of children in the home grew to 30 children. Most of the children come from the Azile Communale, an overcrowded structure occupied by the poorest of the poor in Mirebalais.
The children attend several schools in Mirebalais. They receive 24-hour care by a staff of eight adults, that includes an English tutor. The children thrive in their new environment and respond well to the loving care of our staff. Many are at the top of their class and are learning to speak Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and English.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought unimaginable pain and hardship for millions and, like so many, the pandemic has significantly affected our work in Haiti and in the United States. We have always had to contend with the multitudes of challenges posed by poverty, but the pandemic added substantially to those difficulties. Adding to the challenges has been the recent civil unrest and the failure of government institutions to meet basic needs of the people. Throughout it all,
HMP continues in our mission to provide life-saving essentials and educational opportunities for the children we serve.