How It Began
Shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, OMS asked the affected Haitian church how we could best respond to the devastating effects of the destruction. Their response was, "We need homes."
In early spring of 2010, there was a small group of leaders who met at OMS World Headquarters to discuss the next steps. We selected Homes for Haiti as the project name. Leadership teams were chosen at OMS Headquarters and in Haiti. We had to determine the size and design of the home, calculate the estimated cost, and plan fund raising. All of that in place, the project was rolled out to OMS and our constituency.
Because of a large financial gift from the Korean Evangelical Holiness Church of South Korea, we immediately started without raising funds. We began looking for people to join teams to work with Haitian teams to build 20' x 20' cement block homes for men and women in the OMS churches. The Haitians needed to prove they owned land to build on.
In early January 2014, and before this "first phase" of the H4H project was put "on hold", we had completed 54 homes for the people and sent more than 710 people to help build them.
In the spring of 2013, our Haitian leader, Pastor Vengione Vital, felt led to consider a "second phase" of H4H. This was to help the poorest of the poor Haitians in the OMS-related churches who didn't have and could never afford property His vision was to purchase a plot of ground and build homes to help these church members have dignity and hope.
The OMS Headquarters team agreed that this vision was something we wanted to pursue. After considering various options for buying a property, we chose a plot of land north of Port-au-Prince, in the Bon Repos area (meaning Good Rest). With the gracious gift of an OMS donor, we purchased a three acre plot of land. The plan was to build 35 homes with adequate toilet facilities, clean water wells, and a church/school for the greater Bon Repos community. So…