Empowering Haitians is:
– The Sudley UMC Haiti Mission
– The Lynnhaven UMC Haiti Mission
– Support (medical and non-medical) for the Haiti Mission
– Project support for the Robert Ford Foundation Haitian Orphanage

Empowering Haitians was formed to coordinate the existing mission activities of various churches and organizations. Michael Hertz, the president of Empowering Haitians, has been leading teams to Cap Haitien as a part of Sudley United Methodist Church (UMC) since 2001. In the last two years, the teams going to Haiti have grown from 3 to 30 people. Many of those 30 people do not belong to just one church but attend varisou Virginia churches or are involved in local non-profit groups (e.g. Sudley UMC, Lynhaven UMC, Park Valley Church, Helping Haitian Angels). It has become very difficult to coordinate the trips of so many people and the projects of three or more groups through Sudley UMC.
Empowering Haitians is an organization that will provide the coordination and management of the humanitarian and faith based volunteer trips to Haiti by providing a single point of communication as well as one collection and dispersion point for funds to support the trips and projects.
Since, January 2005, Michael Hertz has also led projects in Grison Garde, a town 15 miles outside Cap Haitien. These projects have included plumbing and sanitation projects at the Robert Ford Orphanage and the construction and improvements to the medical clinic run by Providence UMC’s “The Haiti Mission”. Empowering Haitians plans to continue performing humanitarian projects like those completed by Hertz’s teams in the past. Additionally, we will match teams from US churches and organizations with projects that suit them in the community of Cap Haitien. Future projects that are currently planned include the building of a school and church building, food distribution in coordination with Stop Hunger Now, and digging a well with the Roc Proban community group to provide year round clean water to their neighborhood.

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