Since 2005, together with our ministry partners, we have delivered clean water for free to the poor in Cite Soleil, the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere. The people who live here have no electricity, no toilets and no running water. Without clean water, children contract parasites and bacteria and die from malnutrition. Fresh water, trucked in and distributed bucket by bucket, sustains thousands of families six days a week, 52 weeks a year. The people (many of them children) stand in long lines under the hot sun for the opportunity to fill a 5 gallon bucket or tub that they then carry to their shack. The water must then last their entire family for one day or more for all of their drinking, cooking and washing needs.
We seek opportunities to promote sustainable water solutions for ministry partners. In Marfranc, we purchased a generator and pump that provide clean water for the school, eldercare facility, cooks, nuns and other residents.
Education can provide hope and opportunity for the future of Haiti. The literacy rate in Haiti is 61%. There are few public schools and for most children the only chance for an education is from private schools. With an average monthly income of $50, few families can afford to send their children to school. Even though schools are often over-crowded with no electricity or air conditioning, the children are delighted to have the opportunity to learn.
Reiser Relief supports four schools that together educate 1,156 students. Terre Promise School is located in the slum of Cite Soleil. Reiser Heights is in the poor, rural area of Lespinasse. Reiser Relief pays teacher salaries so that school fees can be affordable for poor families. At Guardian Angels primary school in Leogane, we sponsor a school lunch program with locally sourced food that provides nutritious meals to 250 students daily. Ecole Congreganiste des Petites Soeurs de Ste Therese (Cecelia Duffy Memorial School) in southwest Haiti was constructed in 2015 providing new education opportunities in an isolated community.
We are delighted to support a Delmas Professional Trade School in Port au Prince. One-year programs teach foodservice and tailoring skills to 50 students (primarily disadvantaged girls and women). Future courses will include construction and plumbing. The vision is to teach practical trade skills, allowing students to make a living and help provide for their families.
We provide university scholarships to graduates of Terre Promise. These bright students are studying medicine, business, agriculture and information systems at various universities in Port au Prince.
Elder, Orphan and Disabled Care
A lack of public social services in Haiti leaves the elderly, orphaned and disabled extremely vulnerable.
Fr. Reiser’s first project in Haiti was to construct an care facility for abandoned elderly women in Leogane. Currently 40 women are lovingly cared for by The Haitian Sisters of the Companion of Jesus.
The same Haitian sisters manage another home for orphaned elderly women in Port au Prince. With your support we funded a renovation at Ville le Sacre Couer de Jesus (Sacred Heat of Jesus). The renovations improved overall accessibility and comfort for the residents. A remodeled kitchen makes cooking large meals more convenient for the staff, and an outside patio gives the ladies living there a safe place to enjoy the outdoors. On-going financial support provides locally sourced food and medical care for 25 women at Sacred Heart.
In 2015 we began a partnership with the Little Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus. This order of Haitian nuns ministers to the poor at a site near Jeremie, Haiti. We are honored to sponsor facility upgrades and provide food that protects that safety, health and dignity of 32 vulnerable adults and elderly Haitians in their care.
Reiser Relief supports three orphanages in the Port au Prince area. Through your support, we are able to donate money to purchase food, make facility improvements, and provide scholarships to help the youth transition to independence. Our mission teams often share their time and talents with the children, and provide love and care to those with needs that require special attention. One of the homes is managed by the Missionaries of the Poor who care for severely disabled children and adults. Most of these beloved children of God would have no hope for survival without the brothers who love them unconditionally, and thrive in their care.
We are grateful to many volunteers who give their time and talent to Reiser Relief in the US. Due to their dedication, 96% of every dollar donated goes to ministry in Haiti.
We pay salaries to Haitians who teach or care for the vulnerable. Whenever possible, we buy materials and supplies in Haiti, supporting the local economy and farmers.
Haiti is a lush country capable of once again becoming largely self-sustainable with agricultural products. To support the Haitian economy, we purchase locally produced food in collaboration with our partners. We support agriculture in the communities surrounding our rural ministries with seed and livestock distribution, including goats, pigs, and cows, to families in need.