The people of Haiti have a proud history as the only slave colony ever to gain independence. This Caribbean nation which has faced many challenges throughout history is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
In the early 1990’s a group of Christians became aware of the worsening economic situation in Haiti. Food for the Poor invited a delegation to visit Haiti. They went in response to the gospel message, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” (Matt. 25:35). In response to this call, the Lazarus Project was formed in the US, with the support of Food for the Poor.
The first project chosen by the Lazarus Project was to raise prayers and funds to provide support for a new school being started by a missionary, Carol Herget. She formed, with respected business leaders, the Fondation Village de l’Espoir. The Village of Hope School has grown from 60 children and 1 building into a campus of several buildings with 70 teachers and staff serving approximately 650 students.
The lack of affordable, available health care in the Ganthier area motivated the development and building of the Village of Hope Health Center in March 2012. The medical professionals and staff serve the student body, their families and the 70,000 residents that make up the community.
The Lazarus Project became an independent US 501c3 organization called Village of Hope, Inc. This Village of Hope ministry is made possible by a continuing partnership of VOH, Inc, the Fondation Village de l’Espoir and many multi denominational and generous supporters. We are making a difference in Haiti, “one child at a time.”