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Mission & History

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    Empowering: To address economic, physical, and spiritual needs, whether through immediate relief efforts, education, or training and supporting Haitian leaders in community programs

    Equipping: To provide opportunities to break the cycle of poverty and create self-sufficiency in the community by developing legacy-leaving leaders

    Encouraging: To share the truth, hope, and grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ

    Caring: To respect the rights, abilities, and uniqueness of those we serve

The mission of New Life for Haiti is to minister to the needs of families and children in the Grand Anse River valley, sharing our love for Christ and His message, promoting self-sufficiency and hope for a sustainable future.



It began with a series of mission trips. Our founder, Fran Leeman, had spent many years traveling to Haiti to serve in various ways. He saw the immense challenges Haitians face—from abject poverty and a lack of infrastructure to the lingering effects of colonialism and imperialism.



During one of these trips, God placed one community on Fran’s heart—a rural village called Marfranc, found along the Grand Anse River. Instead of traveling around the country to meet immediate needs, he felt led to pick one place and make it better. This is where New Life for Haiti began.



Before any programs launched, the New Life for Haiti team spent three years building relationships with the communities we now serve. Taking the time to meet local leaders and learn the needs of the people ensured we could empower the community with exactly what they need to thrive.



So far, our generous supporters have enabled us to
• build seven schools
• educate and train families and individuals in sustainable agriculture
• provide critical disaster resilience aid after natural disasters
• train teachers and pastors
• develop a robust child sponsorship program, serving more than 340 children annually
• open an orphanage for vulnerable children
• provide clean water solutions to rural mountain villages

Individuals in the area where we work face countless challenges, but we can send a valuable message with your partnership—they are seen, known, and deeply loved. 

Though this work is never a quick fix, it builds a more sustainable future.