Cap-Rouge, Haiti

The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history.

Poverty, corruption, and poor access to education for much of the population are among Haiti’s most serious disadvantages. Haiti’s economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring areas. Over 300,000 people were killed and some 1 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living below the poverty line and 54% in extreme poverty, the earthquake worsened the situation.

The Need

  1. Haiti has high poverty rates: 59% percent of Haitians live on less than $2 a day.
  2. Haiti has a large wealth disparity.  20% of households hold 64% of the total wealth in the country.
  3. Haiti is prone to natural disasters. Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm in October 2017, killed 546 people and affected two million more including the destruction of buildings and crops, a major source of income for Haitians.
  4. Haiti’s GDP growth has slowed from 1.5 percent in 2016 to 1.2 percent in 2017.
  5. Haitians suffer from energy issues. A quarter of the population did not have power before the 2010 earthquake and that figure remains the same to this day.
  6. Haiti has poor leadership.  However, the current president, Jovenel Moïse, has vowed to do just this. His plans include streamlining agriculture and addressing corruption.
  7. Many Haitians are malnourished. Approximately 100,000 children under the age of five are malnourished, while 30 percent of the overall population do not have ample access to nourishing food.
  8. Many Haitians do not have access to clean water.  About one in two Haitians use unsanitary water, which has been proven to cause illnesses.
  9. Many Haitians lack an adequate education.  Only 50 percent of children in Haiti attend school, making it more difficult to find employment in the future.
  10. Haiti has a large unemployment rate.  In part due to the lack of education, 2/3 of Haitians, do not have formal jobs, resulting in unsteady incomes and lack of access to benefits.

The Vision

Provide a home & medical care to the villagers in Cap-Rouge.

Cap-Rouge village is a remote community in Southern Haiti made up of farmers who grow corn, vegetables and fruits in their gardens. Some have a few turkeys, chicken, sheep and a pig and only the most fortunate have a cow and a mule for transportation.  Their only income comes from selling their meager harvest of produce in the nearest city, Jacmel, located on the Southern coast of the island, via a very steep road accessible only by taxi-motorcycle during daylight hours when it is not raining. Rarely cars go up to Cap-Rouge.

Most village houses are 2 rooms with an independent small makeshift house for kitchen. No electricity, no running water. Many families lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake.  

Zoya Support

We partnered with Arms Of Jesus Children’s Mission (AOJ) to support their work in providing education & nourishment to the children of Cap-Rouge.  In 2012, we built single family homes for those who lost their homes in earthquakes or hurricanes. In 2014, Zoya conducted a short-term medical mission to Cap-Rouge to bring healing to the body and soul of those who came to seek medical care.

Supporting the Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission in Cap-Rouge

Cap-Rouge is a remote community of farmers. Residents of this area are very poor and live by subsistence farming. All villagers grow corn, vegetables and fruits in their garden. Some have a few turkeys, chicken, sheep and a pig. The most fortunate have a cow and a mule for transportation.  Their only income comes from selling their meager harvest of produce in the nearest city, Jacmel, located on the Southern coast of the island.

Most houses are 2 rooms with an independent small makeshift house for kitchen. No electricity, no running water. Cap-Rouge is 10 miles from the closest city via a very up hill road, which is accessible by taxi motorcycle only during daylight hours and when it is not raining. Rarely cars go up to Cap-Rouge.

Under Wilson Maitre’s direction, the AOJ Children’s Mission in Cap-Rouge has set in place many services to improve the villager’s day to day life, to provide assistance in emergency situations and to work for long term goals. But even more importantly all actions are venues to highlight God’s mercy and grace to the Christians, or to share out of love endlessly the Gospel to those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

During the 2010 earthquake, many families of Cap-Rouge lost their homes.

A house for each villager

Since 2010, Zoya Ministries has partnered with the Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission in Cap Rouge to build single family homes for families who lost their houses.

ZOYA ministries is a ministry of help. Our goal is to bless one family at a time!  And at least 4 families every year.

In 2012, 4 families received a house thanks to your donations. In August, we had the privilege to attend a house dedication. The 2 room house was a blessing to Mr Jollicoeur and his family who had been been living in a makeshift house since the earthquake tragedy. They were extremely grateful to receive the house. We praised God for the house provision, shared the Gospel and prayed for God’s work in the heart of each family member.

Many families like August’s family, have been blessed since the start of the program.

All houses have resisted Isaac’s 2012 cyclone.