Who We Are

Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Our Story

Fighting hunger, igniting hope.

In 2005, city leaders of Mirebalais urgently reached out to Reverend Joseph Constant, a Haitian American Episcopal priest in Alexandria, Virginia, pleading for help for their children.
 
Moved by their distress, Reverend Constant founded The Haiti Micah Project as a response to the dire circumstances facing Haitian children. 
 

Partnering with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mirebalais in October 2006, we launched a feeding program to provide essentials like food, clean water, healthcare, education, and emotional support to 150 children in desperate need.

In 2009, we established the Solidarity and Action for The Children of Sion (SAES) Home, initially housing 30 children, later expanding post-2010 earthquake.

This home became a sanctuary for the most vulnerable, offering safety and hope in the face of adversity. 

Within the walls of our home, children find refuge from the harsh realities of life in Haiti.

Guided by a committed team of eight caregivers, they receive the care and education they need to thrive, defying the odds stacked against them. 

As we strive to make a difference, we urge you to join our mission. Your support can break barriers, lift spirits, and save lives.

Together, let’s stand in solidarity with the children of Haiti and sow the seeds of a brighter future. Your help is urgently needed. 

Our Mission

Provide life-saving daily needs such as meals, clean water, healthcare, and clothing, as well as educational assistance and vocational training to the youth of Mirebalais, Haiti. Such support will prepare them to lead responsible lives in their community after graduating high school.

the Board Of Directors

Haiti Micah Project

Reverend Joseph Constant

President & Founder

William J. Taczak, Jr.

Finance & Budget Director

James Snow

Treasurer

sarah Jane Désir

Project Administrator

the Haitian Board

working group in Haiti providing oversight to the feeding and educational programs
The board includes Church representatives, business owners, school administrators, and members of the medical field

Pastor Pierre Jean Baptiste

Maitre Franklin Joseph

The Honorable Sorel Alexandre, Esq.

Madame Marie Therese Charite

Mrs. Lemence Charite-Vital

Haitian Administrative Staff

Madame Marie Gladysse Damazal

Administrator

Desjardins Micar

Administrator

Eliphete Mahotiere

Feeding Program Coordinator

Hope in the Midst of Desperation

When faced with extreme poverty, in addition to the basic needs of meals and shelter, education becomes the key to hope. Help provide a lifeline to the children of Haiti.

Reverend Joseph M. Constant

President

Founder and President of the Haiti Micah Project (HMP), the Reverend Joseph M. Constant was born and raised in Mirebalais, Haiti. At the age of 17, Rev. Constant immigrated to the United States in 1984 living in Massachusetts. He is a naturalize American citizen who is immensely proud of his Haitian heritage.

Rev. Constant pursued his undergraduate education at Northeastern University in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1991. Responding to a call to the ministry of the Episcopal Church, he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, where he received a degree of Master of Divinity in 2002. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church as a deacon in 2003 and as a priest in 2004.

After ordination, he served as the Assistant Rector at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC for two years. He then joined the faculty and staff of Virginia Theological Seminary in 2005 as Assistant to the Dean for Admissions and Community Life. At the Seminary, he created the Office of Racial and Ethnic Ministries and served as Director of Ethnic Ministries.

In 2005, Rev. Constant established the HMP as a nonprofit corporation in Virginia with the purpose of serving the needs of at-risk and homeless children of Mirebalais, Haiti. Through a vast network of partnerships created by Rev. Constant and HMP, hundreds of impoverished children now benefit from a meal program and have access to primary and secondary education. HMP also provides full time care for orphans in its children’s home, and also has a program for post-secondary education for accomplished students.

In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Rev. Constant joined the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as a Special Coordinator for Haiti. In that position, he facilitated the multiple efforts among Episcopal churches, dioceses, networks, and organizations in the rebuilding of the Diocese of Haiti. In March 2014, he was called to be the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, MD.

Rev. Constant has been often recognized for his scholarship and charitable work. He has published a book entitled No Turning Back: The Black Presence at Virginia Theological Seminary which details the tribulations and contributions of Blacks to the Episcopal Seminary from before the civil war to the present. His published paper on James Cone can also be found in The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians, Ian Markham, editor.

He is the recipient of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s 2011 Bishop’s Outreach Award, which honors those who show exemplary Christian service and love of neighbor. He also received The United States President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his life-saving work with the Haiti Micah Project.

Rev. Constant and his wife Sarah have two daughters, Claire and Christiana. In his free time, he loves to read, exercise, and watch soccer (especially with his daughters who are both soccer players).

Mr. Patrick D. McCoy

Director

A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick is a professional musician. He earned the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Virginia State University and a Master of Music in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory. He currently serves as organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, Maryland, where he plans music that supports the liturgy and spiritual life in worship.

He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America, The Association of Anglican Musicians, The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Patrick credits all of these accomplishments to God and in loving memory of his mother. He sees his work with HMP as one way to give thanksgiving for those blessings.

Reverend Richard ‘Rick’ A. Greenlee, Jr.

Director

Reverend Richard ‘Rick’ A. Greenlee, Jr. gave his life to Christ at the age of 10 years old, and was baptized shortly thereafter at the age of 11. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, and educated in the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Public School System, he spent his formative years as a member of the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend James D. Ballard, and was an active member of the Youth Department. A proud 1987 graduate of Carver High School, he further matriculated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completing an Honors semester at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations. Upon graduating, he worked in the banking industry as a project analyst.

Answering a call that many in his family have heeded, he applied to the United States Air Force Officer Training School and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. It was during these early years in the military that he united with the Victory Full Gospel Christian Center in Ocean Springs, MS. While there, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and sat under the anointed teaching of Elder Carlton G. McCarter. Already a leader in the profession of arms, it was here that he served in church leadership for the first time, as president of the Brotherhood Men’s Ministry. After completing a Master of Education degree in Education Leadership at William Carey University, and subsequently assigned as an ROTC Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at North Carolina A&T State University, he united with the Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church, and served under the spiritual covering of Bishop Sheldon M. McCarter.

Following in the footsteps of both his paternal and maternal grandfathers, he was ordained a Deacon in 1998 and eventually served as one of four captains over a board of sixty deacons. During this period he did post-graduate study in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was then ordered to a remote assignment at Thule Air Base, Greenland, where he led a year-long Bible study, participated fervently in the Chapel community, and hosted a weekly Gospel music radio program.

In 2001, Deacon, and at the time, Capt. Greenlee, was honorably discharged from the Regular Air Force, and shortly thereafter joining the District of Columbia Air National Guard (DCANG), relocating to Maryland. As he made this transition, God showed Himself faithful and answered his prayers for a new church home by directing him to the Lion of Judah (LOJ) Church, pastored by the Reverend Frank L. Gibson III. Quickly he found himself leading the Men of Judah Men’s Ministry and serving again as a deacon. Shortly after moving to the Mid-Atlantic, he co-founded and became the co-leader of Men on a Mission – a fellowship of men who studied and encouraged one another, being led by Proverbs 27:17: Iron sharpeneth iron; so as a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Rev. Greenlee was further blessed to lead the weekly Salt and Light Bible study with his fellow airmen, soldiers and civilians at the D.C. National Guard armory. After serving as the Chairman of the LOJ Diaconate Ministry, he accepted his calling to preach, was licensed 2008, and was ordained 2009. He has a burden for serving the Kingdom through outreach to the homeless, incarcerated, elderly and sick and shut-in and completed a Master of Divinity at the Howard University School of Divinity in 2012.

He currently serves on the Ministerial Staff of Hear the Word Bible Church in Bowie, MD, under the dynamic teaching and preaching ministry of the Rev., Dr. Thomas E. Cunningham, where he leads the Prison Ministry and is active with the Men’s Ministry. A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, he is currently assigned as the Chairman, Department of Aerospace Studies and Commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at Howard University. Rev Greenlee serves on the Board of Directors with the Haiti Micah Project, a feeding, housing and vocational training program in Mirebalais, Haiti, and is an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pi Upsilon graduate chapter. He is the devoted husband of the former Rhonda L. Baldwin of Hyattsville, Maryland. They have a son Elijah M. Greenlee, a college student studying Business Administration.

William J. Taczak, Jr.

Director

Bill Taczak has been a Director of HMP since 2005. He heads the Finance and Budget Committee, is a member of the Short and Long Range Planning Committee, and is co-head of the Investment Policy Committee. He also serves as spokesman for HMP giving numerous talks to interested church and civic organizations.

Mr. Taczak attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in King George, VA. He has been an advocate for youth in the church, leading youth groups, children’s church services, and tutoring most of his adult life. He also participates in a wide variety of outreach activities.

Mr. Taczak has a Masters Degree in Physics, and is President of Applied Technology, Inc., a research and development company supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Taczak and his wife have two children, Tom Taczak and Karen O’Bryan, and four grandchildren, Sophie Taczak, Tate Taczak, Annabelle O’Bryan, and Garrick O’Bryan.

Reverend Rudolph Stewart III

Director

Nana is the West African title from the Akan tribe that translates PASTOR/PRIEST/KING.

Nana Rudolph Stewart III is the husband of Jerlys D. Stewart and father of their three nations: Imani Diane, Rudolph the 4th and Jeriah Diane and God Father to many.

Nana has earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA.

He is the founder and under Shepherd of the Sankofa International Baptist Church located in Washington, DC. Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people of West Africa. It is a bird that flies forward while looking backwards with an egg in its mouth. The church’s vision is expressed in the literal translation of the symbol “go back and fetch the lessons you have forgotten.”

Nana Stewart is the Senior Pastor of Bophelong Baptist Church in Sazolburg, South Africa and regularly preaches revival for the Bophelong Township in the Orange Freestate area of South Africa.

He is the professor of Biblical Interpretation at The Washington Baptist Seminary in Washington, DC and Biblical Expositor of The Missionary Baptist Minister?s Conference of DC and Vicinity. In addition, he is the leader of the Washington, DC Theological Scholars Table.

Nana Stewart serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Haiti Micah Project, Inc. an international mission to improve the quality of life for homeless children and adolescents in Haiti.

He has authored two books: Child, What in the Hell is Wrong with You? And Lord Help, My Child Done Gone Crazy!

Sue McIver

Director

Sue heard of HMP when looking for a way to help after the 2010 earthquake. “I didn’t want to just contribute to a large international organization.  I was looking for a way to give that wouldn’t be impersonal. Joyce Mercer, a friend in my band who teaches at the seminary where Father Constant also taught shared information about the Haiti Micah Project’s work in Mirebalais.  It was the perfect fit.   HMP was already on the ground helping the Haitian people.” Sue was interested in our work with vulnerable children, especially those “who can easily fall through the cracks in times of crisis.”

Sue came to DC from Kentucky for college and stayed to pursue a career with the federal government. She retired in 2006. In addition to bringing new perspectives and energy to the board, Sue plays in an Irish band!  She is also a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, volunteers at Carlyle House in Old Town, and is a Book Buddy for two first graders at Maury Elementary School.

Ossen D’Haiti

Director

Colonel D’Haiti is a Naval Aviator who has flown over 150 combat missions during Operations Joint Endeavor and Guardian Retrieval in 1996, Operations Enduring Freedom and Anaconda in 2002, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-07. Additionally, he has completed numerous staff assignments and worked with headquarters performing the duties as an Analyst for the Secretary of the Navy, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the office of the Secretary of Defense.

Born to Haitian parents in the United States, Ossen has maintained a bond with his ancestral background. He volunteered his services to HMP after selecting the organization for his Combined Federal Campaign donation in 2009. Reverend Constant’s invitation to join HMP and further its mission was openly received when Ossen formally joined its ranks about a month before the devastating earthquake in January 2010. Ossen has maintained his involvement with HMP and was a contributing member for the successful water purification project in Mirebalais, Haiti completed in 2011. He has recently volunteered to serve as the Committee Chair for the HMP Short and Long Term Planning Committee.

Ossen is a member of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church in Vienna, VA but also considers St. Gabriel Catholic Church in northwest D.C. his faith home. It was at St. Gabriel that he got engaged to and married the former Maxine Hall of Sharon, MA. Maxine and Ossen have three children.

James Snow

Treasurer

Jim is a lawyer specializing in natural resources and environmental law. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2011 after 36 years of federal service, and is currently a legal consultant to the U.S. Forest Service.  Jim is co-chair for Outreach at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in Alexandria, Virginia, and has been active in the foreign mission work of the Episcopal Church for many years including in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and in the middle east. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Haiti Micah Project.

Dr. Crystal Green

Director

Dr. Crystal Green is an International Psychologist and Project Manager at Planned Systems International in Arlington, VA. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and a PhD in International Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus.

With an area of interest deeply rooted in Disaster Psychology, Crystal’s doctoral research led her to highlight the resilience embedded within Haitian culture as it pertains to healing, hope and happiness. Crystal lives in Arlington, VA, attends The Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC, and volunteers in many church, pastoral care and community outreach activities.

Sarah Jane Désir

Project Administrator

Sarah Jane Désir, who hails from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is married and the mother of two girls, aged 24 and 9. She migrated to the United States in 1992 to attend college at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Hospitality Management. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a minor in ESOL (English as a Second Language). Additionally, she earned an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach and certificates in Business Consulting, Salesforce, and Reading Tutoring.

Sarah has experience running her own home license-based daycare, working in the hospitality industry, teaching special needs students and English to ESL learners, and mentoring high school students toward their chosen career paths and independence.

She loves reading, spending time with her family, assisting her Haitian brothers and sisters in navigating the US system, conducting online research, and traveling. Sarah is proficient in French, Haitian Creole, English, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Passionate about children, Sarah finds purpose in helping parents bring out the best in their children so they can reach their greatest potential. She has worked with organizations such as Montgomery County Public Schools, Trinity School of Early Learning, Amplify, Bicortex Languages, Blend360, and the Haiti Micah Project, where she has gained valuable experience in education and shared her expertise.