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Help us turn on the
green light in Haiti?


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Go Green in Haiti is a multi-organizational effort to empower the 1,600 Haitian orphans in our care with changed lives to change the world. Go Green in Haiti focuses primarily empowering these Haitians by increasing capacity and diminishing vulnerabilities. We desire to see systemic and lasting change not just to individuals but also to the structures and systems manifesting the brokenness and corruption that comes from a broken world.

We will accomplish this through what we are calling our Go Green in Haiti Initiative. This is a multi-phase approach that provides the holistic support these communities need to move from relief to development and then to reform. We desire to see these communities truly transformed in such a way they are self-sustaining and self-supporting, to the glory of God.





Altar84, along with The Haiti Collective and Society of Christian Haitians has committed to provide 4 things in Phase 1 of the Go Green in Haiti Initiative:


Safe Sleeping Quarters for 65-75 Orphans:

Very few things in this world communicate safety and security like a roof over a child’s head. We desire to provide every child in our care with a roof over their head and a bed to lie in.

A Training Center for Older Orphans

The older children in our care will be empowered with skilled competencies so that they will be able to provide goods and services that will tangibly impact their world for good. As image bearers of God, they will explore ways He has gifted and equipped them to steward their lives in productive ways to provide for themselves as well as bless others. Equipped with both traditional and innovative best practices, they will have opportunity of being at the forefront of shaping Haitian culture for Christ.

A Playground

At this point all we are able to provide is an open field for the children to play. While we are truly thankful for this field we want to transform this field into a place where the children can run free, have fun and escape from their present realities.

Provide Regular Medical Care for all Children

To date medical care has been provided but it has been infrequent due to lack of funding, efficient systems and processes, and solid partnerships. With our new multi-organizational partnerships we now have access to the personnel who can provide not only the care but also the resources needed. We have committed that in 2015 we will have in place the funding and systems we need to provide solid medical care for all of our children.



TURN ON THE GREEN LIGHT

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings transformation in every area where we experience brokenness in the world. Those areas are fourfold: in our relationship with God, with ourselves, with one another, and with the world itself. If we desire to participate with local churches bringing holistic care to orphans, we need to address the children in every area as well as the systems inherently connected to those areas.


TURN ON THE GREEN LIGHT

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings transformation in every area where we experience brokenness in the world. Those areas are fourfold: in our relationship with God, with ourselves, with one another, and with the world itself. If we desire to participate with local churches bringing holistic care to orphans, we need to address the children in every area as well as the systems inherently connected to those areas.

While in Haiti this past summer, it occurred to us during the documentation process of profiling dozens of Haitian orphans that many of them were much older than they looked. When we typically think of orphans, our mind is directed to an infant or toddler with an adorable smile, needing to be held. Rarely if ever do we think about the 15 year old orphan who has spent the majority, if not all, of his life without a family on the precipice of entering adulthood in a society that promises little and delivers less. Coming face to face with so many teenaged orphans, I saw the next generation of Haitians and an opportunity to change the landscape of their community.

We began asking the questions: “What if the red light in their communities became the green light?

What if the greatest talent, the strongest leaders, the best assets in this generation of orphans were well equipped with transformational training to reinvest in their own communities to see their world impacted with the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring reform to the systems and structures perpetuating the despair and decadence?

What if the brightest green light was not in New York City but in their own city?

What if orphans were trained equipped to love God supremely, understand themselves truly, serve others sacrificially, and leverage the things of this world faithfully?

What if orphans were trained in such a way that they could flourish financially, build healthy families flourishing in relational wholeness, and create Haitian-born solutions for Haitian-caused problems?

We believe we have the opportunity to make such a difference by focusing on creating a pathway and onramp to adulthood for teenage orphans in Haiti to experience a new way of living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ where their head, heart, and hands are well equipped to transform their communities for the glory of God. This pathway would incorporate the best practices of development and empowerment, employing creative and conventional means to ensure the best possible outcome for teenage orphans. Our desire is to help launch them into life with a mission to not simply survive but see the renewal of all things through a life deeply rooted in their identity in Jesus Christ.

To Go Green in Haiti means to turn the green light on in the four areas transformation needs to take place:

Spiritual green light (spiritual poverty)
 Familial green light (relational poverty)
 Educational green light (poverty of being)
 Economic green light (material poverty)

Until we turn the green light in all four areas, we will fail to bring the reform that makes relief so necessary. And only through a developmental determination can we begin to see that green light turn on in Haiti.

What we need is a vision to create new pathways for new opportunities of thriving in rural Haiti. We need a vision to increase capacities of indigenous communities. We need a vision to incorporate both the spiritual and practical for holistic development through local churches. We need a vision to launch young people as the greatest assets of Haitian communities into adulthood where they embrace possibilities perviously beyond reach in their own community.


Have questions about Go Green Haiti or Altar84?

Please email us or use the form to the right so that we can connect with you to answer your question(s) and/or provide you with more information. Thank you for your interest in knowing more about Go Green Haiti, Altar84 and our Mission to fulfill God’s call to care.


Mail: Altar84 PO Box 360924 Birmingham, AL 35236 Email: info@altar84.org

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