Haiti Partners’ mission is to
Help Haitians Change Haiti Through Education.
Our staff experience in Haiti goes back more than 25 years, and we’ve focused on being good partners. Here are five values that guide our work in Haiti and North America:
Respect the dignity, voice, and potential of each person. We listen to every person involved in this work. This guides how we work with children in schools, students in seminary, community members, and our supporters around the world. People can never be the means to an end–even if the end we’re working for is justice. Each individual is a child of God and deserves to be treated accordingly. Whether we’re working with someone who donates hundreds of thousands of dollars or is an illiterate subsistence farmer, we respect them equally. Respect guides everything from our personal interactions to our long-term strategic planning.
Collaborate for more effective, productive, and joyful partnerships. We believe work is better done together. Each person involved has a voice for influencing the direction and outcomes. Various perspectives lead to a more holistic vision that benefits from the talents and perspectives of all involved. Whether we’re partnering with a seminary, a school, or social business, true collaboration brings together more talents, possibilities, and hope.
Be responsible to everyone connected with this work. We strive to steward the generous gifts of our supporters to ensure every dollar is used wisely. We undergo a full, independent audit each year. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians, “we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of God but in the eyes of others.” We follow both U.S. and Haitian law, as well as the best practices laid out by charity evaluators like Guidestar. We also work to be accountable to the people we serve and empower, by inviting and soliciting their feedback at every step along the way, and by committing to meaningful, measurable results that translate into real change.
Follow Jesus in pursuit of justice and compassion. When we follow Jesus our lives are transformed–and we’re to be part of transforming the lives of other people. When he started his ministry in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…” We want to be led in this redemptive way, by God’s grace, as we confess the historic founding doctrine of the faith, the Apostle’s Creed.
Learn, improve, and share with humility and gratitude. As an organization focused on education, learning is on our mind every moment of every day. Even after many years of working in Haiti, it’s essential for us to find new ideas and practices that can help us make a more meaningful difference. By cultivating a posture of humility and gratitude, we can remain open to these ideas, whether they come from someone who just finished their PhD or just finished 2nd grade. And part of the responsibility of learning is also to find good, humble ways to share what we’re learning with others.