Two weeks post Hurricane Matthew

While Cap Haitian did not have extensive damage done during the hurricane, the same can’t be said for the rest of Haiti.  The picture below shows how an already deforested nation, lost even more trees.  One of the most striking things is the effluent that you see going into the ocean.  The color of the stream just shows the level […]

Hurricane Matthew

Haiti is a country that cant seem to catch a break.  They had 6 years of relative political stability and were beginning to see investments from outside entities, only to have the presidential race fall apart and lead to a situation where there was a complete vacuum of leadership.  Once the political situation seemed like it would be straightened out […]

Jan 2015 Trip

We had another great trip to Haiti. We have continued the pattern we started last July by spending the mornings working at the job site and the afternoons playing with the children at the “vacation bible school.” I have really enjoyed the division of the day into two parts. It allows us to have a little mindfulness and be focused […]

Thank You for 2014

We’d like to thank all of the Empowering Haitians’ friends and donors for all your support in 2014. Without you the Empowering Haitians would not have been able to feed so many hungry people and build much-needed infrastructures. We had a very productive year thanks to you! We know many of you are looking to make end of year donations […]

Getting ready for July 2014

It still feels like winter here in Virginia, but the seasons are changing!  And I’m making plans for our July Haiti trip.  We have often been blessed to bring big teams with us in July.  Last year, we brought our 7 and 9 year old children.  That was an amazing trip.  I wish we could do that every year, but […]

2014 Trip Dates

Our early trip dates have been set.  There is some potential flexibility by a day on either side of these, but the timeframe for the week we are in Haiti is firm. January 11-18 2014 July 12-19 2014 Please consider traveling with us on one of these trips -Michael

July 2013 Trip

We just returned from a very successful trip to Haiti. We had 17 people travel with us this last trip and it was a true joy to get to know everyone and to work with each person over the 7 days we were in Haiti.  The most exciting part of the trip is that we actually left two people in […]

Goals for 2012

Goals for 2012: Begin a food distribution program to feed desperate families ($40,000 feeds 250 people for 177 days; less than $1 per person per day) Install another community well ($8,000 each well) Continue improvements to the Espoir Haitian office (enabling food and tool storage, meeting space for micro lending, and community projects, and medical clinic) Reinvigorate the youth baseball […]

2011 Close out

We started the year by canceling the January 2011 trip due to the political instability. Because we are such a small organization, the lost money on flights could have put us under. But the ever surprising faith and generosity of our friends and supporters enabled us to cut our losses and continue our work. In March, MaryLu and I traveled […]


Micro lending, education, clean water, and hope . . . You can find at this site: – information about the 501c3 Empowering Haitians and the Haitian NGO Espoire Haitian – history on our groups past Haiti trips as teams from Sudley UMC, Lynhaven UMC, the Haiti Mission, Helping Haitians Angels and Park Valley Church – photos and stories from the […]