UPCOMING COMMUNITY BOOYA!

“Know Your Neighbor” Community Booya is Sponsored by The Faith Project, a local nonprofit devoted to helping Haitians build sustainable communities in the name of Christ. The location of the event is at the Nisswa Community Center; 25628 Main Street; Nisswa, MN 56468. The purpose of the Booya is to meet fellow Christians that are interested in international humanitarian work in our local communities in central Minnesota.

THE FAITH PROJECT CORE VALUES

  • God is at the center of all we do.
  • The Faith Project begins work in villages by organizing volunteer Leadership Councils, with members elected by local villagers.
  • The Faith Project provides Leadership Training to elected Leadership Council members.
  • After completion and review of a thorough asset/needs assessment, each Leadership Council designs its village’s sustainability community development plan, with input from the full village.
  • The Faith Project seeks to work in partnership with other NGO’s/aide groups in the implementation of the sustainable community development plans, encouraging them to register with the villages’ Leadership Councils so work can be coordinated to prevent duplication of projects and to avoid wasted resources.
  • The Leadership Council is responsible for managing individual projects, with each Council member overseeing at least one project/program area.
  • The Leadership Councils and villagers will do the hard work required to implement their sustainability plans, utilizing local people and resources as much as possible.
  • The Faith Project provides partial funding on projects, with Haitians contributing personal resources to every project implemented (financially, sweat equity, etc.)
  • Financial accountability is paramount, with Haitians providing receipts and accounting ledgers for each project.
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”
2 Samuel: 33

Our History

The Faith Project started well over twenty years ago as a dream for a young Haitian orphan, Cleantus Jean, Jr., who felt called by God to become a medical doctor to help people in his own country receive quality health care; become self-sufficient; and build healthy communities.  His dedication captured the heart of an American couple who, at God’s direction, had volunteered in Haiti for many years. They offered to put the young man through medical school.

Cleantus worked hard to graduate from high school at the Ebenezer Baptist School in Ft. Liberte` and to master both the English and Spanish languages.  He began medical school at the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 2006.

In 2010, with graduation in sight, Cleantus and his American sponsors made plans to establish a foundation to help the poorest villages in NE Haiti build healthy, thriving communities.  Site selection interviews were conducted in several villages, and Garde Saline was chosen as the first village in which to begin God’s work.

Community-wide meetings were held to discuss initial plans and get villagers’ feedback.  Soon after, villagers elected a Leadership Council to design and implement a sustainable community development plan for their village.  Throughout the next year, the Council held numerous meetings to get input into the needs and goals of the villagers, and a thorough census was taken to assess both assets and needs.  Based on villager input and analysis of the census data, a sustainable community development plan was developed by the Leadership Council.  It focuses on nine facets of healthy communities:

  • Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation
  • Clean Water
  • Sanitation
  • Health Care
  • Food
  • Education
  • Business Development
  • Homes/Shelter
  • Transportation

Because the needs in the village were so immediate, The Faith Project was initially established as a special project with The New Horizons Foundation (February 2011).  In June 2013, a Board of Directors was developed, and the decision was made to establish The Faith Project as an independent 501 (c) (3) charity.

Dr. Jean graduated from medical school with full honors in November 2013. In addition to serving on the Board of The Faith Project, he is working on his Master’s Degree in Public Health and will graduate in December 2018.                                                                              

Board of Directors

Kathy and Rick Adams, Co-founders
Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., Co-founder
Dave Hardie, Co-founder
Richard and Susan Bricker
Linda Marrin
Debra Warner and Ed Williams

Garde Saline Leadership Council

Pastor Herrisse Pierre, President
Suzienne Colain
Belius Jean
Bertrand Pierre
“…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

THE FAITH PROJECT CORE VALUES

  • God is at the center of all we do.
  • The Faith Project begins work in villages by organizing volunteer Leadership Councils, with members elected by local villagers.
  • The Faith Project provides Leadership Training to elected Leadership Council members.
  • After completion and review of a thorough asset/needs assessment, each Leadership Council designs its village’s sustainability community development plan, with input from the full village.
  • The Faith Project seeks to work in partnership with other NGO’s/aide groups in the implementation of the sustainable community development plans, encouraging them to register with the villages’ Leadership Councils so work can be coordinated to prevent duplication of projects and to avoid wasted resources.
  • The Leadership Council is responsible for managing individual projects, with each Council member overseeing at least one project/program area.
  • The Leadership Councils and villagers will do the hard work required to implement their sustainability plans, utilizing local people and resources as much as possible.
  • The Faith Project provides partial funding on projects, with Haitians contributing personal resources to every project implemented (financially, sweat equity, etc.)
  • Financial accountability is paramount, with Haitians providing receipts and accounting ledgers for each project.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP!

  • Support our work through prayer.
  • Donate your expertise, time, and talent as a volunteer.
  • If you are connected to other nonprofit groups/organizations working in NE Haiti, please contact us.  We want to partner with you.
  • The Faith Project holds an annual Garage Sale/Fundraiser the last weekend of June each year; please consider donating items for the sale.  We are happy to pick up your goods at anytime throughout the year!! Contact Kathy at kathy.adams@tds.net or at 218-839-0048 for details.
  • Attend our First Annual “Neighbor to Neighbor” Booya on Saturday, October 27 at the Nisswa Community Center.  Speakers will be local world traveler and Philanthropist Dr. James Roelofs and Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., co-founder of The Faith Project. For added fun, you can donate ingredients and help prepare the Booya on Friday, October 26. Contact Kathy at kathy.adams@tds.net or 218-839-0048 for details.
  • Contribute financial support, either to a specific project or to general support.
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Events and Upcoming Activities

JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING AWESOME EVENTS!!

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 “Neighbor to Neighbor” Booya, Silent Auction, and Fundraiser!!   Where?  The Nisswa Community Center!! You can start by donating and preparing ingredients to the community pot of Booya on Friday, October 26, and come prepared to enjoy your neighbors at the Booya on Saturday, October 27.  We will have a silent auction, amazing program, and a great celebration as we learn about our neighbors around the world, and, specifically, in Haiti.  Dr. James Roelofs, local physician, world traveler, and philanthropist and Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., co-founder of The Faith Project, will both be speaking!! Contact Kathy Adams at 218-839-0048 or at kathy.adams@tds.net for details.
  • Second Annual Garage Sale/Fundraiser – June 2019. House cleaning? Cabin and garage cleaning?  Consider donating your goods for The Faith Project’s Second Annual Garage Sale/Fundraiser, scheduled for June 2019.  We are happy to pick up your items and provide you with a receipt for charitable donation purposes at anytime throughout the year!!
  • Want to Attend a Mission Trip?  The Faith Project Board travels to Haiti three to five times a year, and we would welcome your joining us!!  Contact Kathy Adams at 218-839-0048 or at kathy.adams@tds.net for trip dates!!

THE FAITH PROJECT

We welcome you to contact us for more information.