The idea of an organization such as Haiti Hope House began to germinate when Rev. Aguilh took his first trip to Haiti, after 40 years in the U. S., in April 2010, three months after the earthquake. He was part of a team from Ohio's Gighamsburg Church in partnership with GVCM (Global Vision Citadelle Ministry). It was a one week missionary trip in Fedja, a community near Mirebalais, in the Central Department. They stayed at an orphanage.
It was hot and because of a government edict against holding class in any cement blocks structure, the children attended class under heavy tents set up in the yard. The sun was beating down on these classrooms, and the temperature could easily reach 100 degrees or more.
Though the mission was construction, leadership training and
evangelization, the seed was planted for doing something about
education. During that first trip, Rev. Aguilh was also moved by the
number of young men just hanging around, and the number of
pregnant young girls and young mothers. Something had to be done.
On his second trip three months later, Rev. Aguilh went to the South-
East part of the country, in an area called Musac, in La Vallee de Jacmel.
He went to assist the Associate Director for the Communities of Shalom
(COS) conduct a class for a group of leaders of that community about
creating a Shalom Zone. A Shalom Zone is an asset-based multicultural,
multifaith community development organization.
It was during this training that he took notice of so many
children who for economic reasons, were not going to school. It was
time to move beyond repairing broken houses, passing out flashlights,
and health kits. It was time to do something more lasting, something
with the power to impact the life of these children and these young people positively both in the present and for the future, at the
grass root level, something that will give them hope.
Haiti Hope House was no longer an idea, it was about to become a reality.
So even as he prepared for his third trip since the earthquake,
Rev. Aguilh gathered two other Haitian Pastors, a good friend from Jamaica, and his wife and shared with them his vision for the children and young people of Haiti. They pledged their support, and volunteered to be members of the Board of Directors. The paper work required to create a non-profit organization began soon afterward. A CPA firm was contacted and charged to shepherd their application through the State and the Federal governments.
And so, while Rev. Aguilh was in Haiti for one full month
presenting seminars on Leadership, Project Management,
Bookkeeping, and teaching English as a second language (ESL),
in partnership with HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International)
Haiti Hope House was being born.
The official birth occurred on September 22, 2010 with the
incorporation of Haiti Hope House in the State of New Jersey.
A few months later it received the status of a 501-c3 organization.
Below are our Vision and Mission Statements.
To impact the lives of children and young adults through education and training so that they can be empowered to be the best they can be, and to become major agents of positive change.
The mission of HAITI HOPE HOUSE, INC is to seek opportunities to help educate Haitian children, and train Haitian young adults in marketable skills in partnership with existing organizations and local communities in order to equip them, and give them hope, for a better future.