Goals & Activities

"...aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you."

2 Corinthians 13:11

All programs and activities of The Faith Project are focused on the nine areas of community development that the Garde Saline Leadership Council identified as part of their sustainability plan:

  • Leadership Development - developing leadership training programs and building a new Baptist Church.
  • Clean Water - installing a water filtration system.
  • Food - developing sustainable agriculture, poultry, and fishing programs.
  • Medical Care - building a permanent clinic that will serve not only Garde Saline, but the northeast region.
  • Sanitation -providing private compost systems to villagers and developing a compost management operation.
  • Education - starting a Christian school and developing a scholarship program to encourage advanced education.
  • Business Development - developing a Micro-Loan program to encourage business and product development and provide infrastructure jobs through a Work-for-Hire program.
  • Transportation - improving the condition of the primary road into the village and purchasing motorized vehicles.
  • Housing - building/repairing homes.

Because there was a major Cholera epidemic in Garde Saline in 2010, when we first came to the village, the Leadership Council felt strongly that the initial focus of The Faith Project must be on the three main areas of the sustainability plan that would develop a public health system, reducing not only Cholera but other treatable diseases - and deaths - related to those diseases:  1) clean water; 2) good sanitation; 3) access to health care. 

  • June 2013 - a water filtration system was installed in the village, providing the first clean water.  Villagers pay for the water, with revenue used for maintenance of the system and for the wages of the two Haitians hired to operate and maintain the system.
  • November 2013 - Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., began holding tent clinics in the village.  He now has an office both in Garde Saline and in Ft. Liberte'.  The Faith Project co-founders purchased a portable ultrasound and a portable EKG machine for Dr. Jean in 2013, which he uses in private practice. 
  • March 2014 - with two grants from the SG Foundation, the village was able to implement its first sanitation system.
  • December 2015/2016​ - a Rotary grant provides major improvements to the sanitation site, including installation of a well, solar panels, and the construction of a supply shed. In addition, compost is used to begin a reforestation project.
Other major developments as Garde Saline's sustainable community development plan is implemented include:
  • Spring 2012 - a farm pilot program was initiated, providing two existing farmers with money for seed, fertilizer, tools, labor, and technical assistance from Haitian Agronomist Louissaint Nelson.  Within a year, farmers tripled their crop yields and profit.
  • Fall 2012 - a Christian elementary school began at the Baptist Church, currently holding  Kindergarten - 2nd grade classes.
  • Spring/Summer 2012 - in partnership with the Instituto Interamericano De Cooperacion Para La, 20 families in the village have been trained to raise chickens.  Each family built a chicken coop and received 7 chickens as part of the program.
  • Fall 2013 - the village fishing association received three new fishing boats and new nets.  The number of families benefitting from the program rose from 25 to 56, and in addition to providing food for participating families, the association made a substantial profit.  The association developed a profitable market for its fish, selling it to buyers from the Dominican Republic.
  • Fall 2013 - the Sewing for Haiti team from Union Congregational Church sewed over 500 dresses and boys shorts for the village's children.
  • 2014 - With a contribution from Paul and Lynn Hunt, the Women's Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund was established, providing business opportunities for 20 women in Garde Saline.
  • 2014 - Linda and Dan Marrin purchase critical diagnostic equipment for the medical clinic.
  • 2014 - Board members, Kathy and Neal Gaalswyk, collaborate with the nonprofit, In Ian's Boot, to provide hundreds of pairs of shoes to villagers.
  • 2015/2016 - Capital Campaign launched to help complete construction of the Baptist Church. Funding ($26,000) is received from individual donors, Timberwood Church, and the Oldham Little Church Foundation to launch the campaign.  In October 2016, the first church service was held in the new church. 
  • May 2016 Leadership training conference provided for newly-expanded Leadership Council.​ ​
  • October 2016 - the Sea Star Foundation provides the first ever dental services in the village.