Haiti Children Project
Haiti Children Project supports projects located at the Gebeau complex in Jeremie, Haiti. Jeremie is located approximately 125 miles from the capital of Port au Prince in the mountainous Grand Anse region of Haiti. While this may sound close, traveling from Port au Prince to Jeremie by car can take up to 12 hours due to poor road conditions. The trip can be made by small plane in a little under an hour.
Qualifying students attend school as education is one of Haiti Children Project’s primary focus areas. From kindergarten to college, no education is free in Haiti. Only the richest of rich attend school in Haiti. We are committed to ensuring Haiti Children Project’s students receive an education as this is a primary step out of poverty. Some of the first children cared for by Haiti Children Project are graduating high school, and Haiti Children Project is committed to helping them obtain higher education to further prepare them to enter society as self-supporting citizens as these kids are the Next Generation Haiti.
In 2003, Wade McGuinn, who owns McGuinn Holdings, a construction management company in Lexington, South Carolina, embarked on a mission trip to Jeremie, Haiti and it was there he discovered his life’s calling. Wade has led many mission trips to Cuba, Honduras, Vietnam, and Mexico. In 2005, while in Jeremie, he was led to the home of a local Haitian, Jean Renal Alexander, who was caring for 8 abandoned children in his home when he was barely able to care for himself. When Wade returned home, he and his wife Janet were compelled to help. As such, Haiti Children Project was founded. The entire McGuinn family has devoted themselves to these children since that first mission trip, which has resulted in dramatic growth of the project. Both McGuinns currently serve on Haiti Children Project’s Board, speak to groups throughout the country and lead many discovery trips to Haiti throughout the year for potential donors. The McGuinns believe that Haiti Children Project’s Next Generation Program is their calling in life and they continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Haiti Children Project is fully endowed in time for their impending retirement.
The future is bright for the children helped by the Haiti Children Project – Next Generation Program. Haiti Children Project will continue to grow and expand as funding allows. We are making a real difference in the lives of children and young people by assisting them out of poverty through education. A list of needs and future plans follows:
- We are committed to the education of the children. Funds are needed to pay tuition and fees for elementary and secondary school.
- Haiti Children Project has established the Next Generation Haiti program to assist graduating children with obtaining a higher education. Donations are needed to fund the program.