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Mission & History

  • Our Core Values & Unifying Principles

    New Life for Haiti is a nondenominational Christian organization, unified by Christian principles articulated in the Nicene Creed. Our core values are based on these biblical principles:


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

    And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9



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

    For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12



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

    Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11



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

    Bear one another’s burdens . . .” Galatians 6:2

  • Nicene Creed

    We believe in one God,
          the Father almighty,
          maker of heaven and earth,
          of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
          the only Son of God,
          begotten from the Father before all ages,
               God from God,
               Light from Light,
               true God from true God,
          begotten, not made;
          of the same essence as the Father.
          Through him all things were made.
          For us and for our salvation
               he came down from heaven;
               he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
               and was made human.
               He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
               he suffered and was buried.
               The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
               He ascended to heaven
               and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
               He will come again with glory
               to judge the living and the dead.
               His kingdom will never end.

    And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
          the Lord, the giver of life.
          He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
          and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
          He spoke through the prophets.
          We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
          We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
          We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
          and to life in the world to come. Amen.

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.