Haiti Mission Trip - June 16-23, 2018
CCPC's Mission team returned from an incredible week in Haiti with great stories to tell! Stay tuned here for more information.
Learn More about Mission Starfish Haiti
Mission Starfish has four major programming areas. Visit their website for more details.
Education is currently out of reach for most children in Haiti. Parents and caregivers of children are expected to purchase uniforms, books, supplies and exam fees when their children attend school. Considering the 70% of Haitians who are unemployed and the 80% who are living in poverty, paying for education is simply not possible for families. An even larger barrier is in place for those children who are orphaned, living on the street and do not have parental figures in their lives. Many families pay for the schooling one week but cannot pay for the next which puts children behind and ultimately results in them not completing school. Only 10% of school-aged children go onto high school and, on average, girls in Haiti attend just two years of school in their lifetime. Due to all of these factors, Haiti has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world at 53%.
Mission Starfish Haiti is working to provide high quality, free education to the children of Gonaives, Haiti. In the past three years, 95% of the children who attend Mission Starfish Haiti attend regularly and complete their grade level. MSH not only includes classroom learning but also extracurricular activities. These activities include a girls empowerment program, music, sewing, English, and sports. There are currently 450 students enrolled in their Kindergarten-6th grade school.
Haiti has a very high infant mortality rate. More than 10% of Haitian children die before the age of five. Many of the children in Haiti are unvaccinated and only 40% of the population has access to even basic healthcare.
StarfishCARE focuses on promoting healthy living by providing basic health care services to the students at Mission Starfish Haiti and, to the extent possible, to their families and the local community. In the fall of 2015, for the first time, two Haitian-trained nurses started working at Mission StarfishCARE. With donations from caring individuals of cash, supplies, and medications, these nurses can now provide basic first aid, immunizations, medications, health education, health screenings, and referrals to a doctor or clinic.
In 2011, Mission Starfish opened a small church to minister to the children and families in the community. The Church is called, Eglise Evangelic Etoile Des Gonaives, lead by Pastor Claudnert Estilien. Currently, they have 150 members in our church, mostly children and youth.
A typical worker in Haiti makes only $2.75 a day. Because jobs are so scarce (approximately 70% do not have regular jobs), those who do have jobs are afraid to speak out against unfair labor practices Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 a year. MSH is working to provide economic development to the community by providing sewing programs that allow women to create their own small businesses; a store selling construction materials; a guesthouse that will bring tourism to the area and provide jobs and a sustainable future for the locals. In 2012, MSH started the Starfish Sewing Program in order to support women of Haiti.