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Evolution Haiti, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization, is committed to supporting non-governmental, locally-inspired initiatives in Haiti to educate, motivate, and empower the country’s youth to become future leaders. Focusing specifically on those children living in Haiti’s Département du Sud (Southern Region), Evolution Haiti supports initiatives in education, job creation, leadership development, and health care.

Our vision is to significantly change the lives of future generations of Haitians by supporting in-country efforts to develop youth leaders who are eager to effect social, economic, political and spiritual change within their communities.

History

On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, affecting more than 3,500,000 million people. It is estimated that 220,000 thousand people died while another 300,000+ thousand people were injured. Within an instant, 1.5 million people became homeless. UNICEF estimated there were 380,000 orphans in Haiti before the disaster and it is believed that post-earthquake the number doubled. Haiti’s failing infrastructure left families living in extreme poverty with even fewer resources to survive and many children without adequate food, shelter or protection.

Evolution Haiti grew out of a relationship that was formed just days after the earthquake, when a team of Americans rushed to the country’s aid and met a Haitian church pastor with a vision for his country’s future. That meeting resulted in a series of events that profoundly affected the lives of Evolution Haiti’s seven founders (its original board of directors).

Each of Evolution Haiti’s founding members visited Haiti, met a Haitian pastor with a vision (Samuel Metelus), and fell in love with Haiti’s people and culture. They listened as Pastor Samuel explained his vision for growing and empowering the country’s youth. They agreed with his belief that true change must come from within…that Haitians must work together to solve Haiti’s problems. And they recognized the benefit outside support could provide in Pastor Sam’s efforts to prepare Haiti’s youth to make a difference in their communities…and their country.

Thus, Evolution Haiti was born.

Glory Glory Orphanage

Prior to the earthquake in 2010, Pastor Joseph Metelus (Samuel’s father) and his congregation (Church of God by Faith) had just raised enough money to build a church large enough to fit the entire congregation in Carrefour (near Port-au- Prince). When the earthquake struck, the existing church was destroyed.

The land that had been set aside for the new church became a tent city for many in the congregation and community, and all of the money raised to build the new church was used to provide fresh drinking water for the tent city’s inhabitants for the next 18 months.

In addition, Pastor Joseph and Pastor Samuel took responsibility for 52 local children orphaned by the devastating earthquake. Of the 52, all were originally taken in by families in the congregation. However, not all families could afford to foster these children long-term, so 25 were relocated to a two-room shelter located behind one of Pastor Joseph’s seed-churches in Port-Salut (145 miles southwest of Port-au- Prince).

Today, thanks to several international organizations, an orphanage large- enough to house all 52 children has been built in Valere, a small village near Port-Salut. The initial group of 25 children from Port-Salut moved into the first phase of the children’s dorms in September 2013. The remaining 27 children being fostered in Carrefour moved into the second phase of children’s dorms in September 2014.

Today, in addition to the completion of four dormitories, wells provide fresh water, a community center and medical clinic have been completed, a generator provides electricity, and a kitchen and cafeteria feed the children.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aaron Kelsey, D.D.S.
Edward Geehr, M.D.
Kimmberleigh Kelsey
Lynda McGraw
Pastor Sam Metelus
Tacy Riehm
Christine Shook

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