H3Missions, Inc. Story
Help for hurting humanity
Ten years ago, H3Missions, Inc. became a nonprofit corporation to help the people in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Read our story. With the onset of the pandemic and the unrest in Haiti, our nonprofit had to make the hard decision to suspend mission trips to Haiti. Aware that the need in Haiti is great, we continued with a few projects that we could assist with while remaining in the United States.
Jeanne’s Charnigo Learning Academy Port Au Prince, Haiti
In May of 2020, Markenley proposed Jeanne’s Vocational Training Project, an in-depth Study Program for school children. This program was centered around helping children achieve better grades by tutoring all academic subjects. He approached a few private schools that accepted and offered scholarships as long as the child maintained or excelled in the study program. Then began the slow task of meeting with each interested family. Initially, he interviewed twenty children along with their parents. But it soon became apparent the facilities and staff could not give the individual attention to twenty children, and they reduced the program to a manageable size of ten children. After meeting with the parents, the enthusiastic students received a medical and dental examination.
The pilot program started on October 22, 2021. Students would stay on campus at the Learning Academy from Friday after school through Sunday afternoon. The Learning Academy program would run for 3 months, and there have been 2 successful programs. Tutoring included French Grammar, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and upcoming homework.
Friday after school. Dinner and movie night.
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tutoring, Trades (computer lessons/Crochet)
Sunday: Breakfast and lunch. Homework review and departure.
Opening a Store
We helped Davidson and his sister, Gilberte, set up a small store in Montrouis, Haiti. To sell water by the gallons, we installed a complete water system in their store. We had solar panels installed to provide a needed service in Haiti of a cell phone recharging station.
Ivens Previl Education
Another project was assisting Ivens Previl with the resources to attend computer classes. He is the last of seven children and expressed that he wanted to find a path that would allow him to excel and provide for his family. We sponsored a 2-year program for Ivens, which included buying him a moped so he could commute to classes. He has now graduated and is looking forward to a promising future.
Markenely Chery of Port au Prince has been our primary support manager for our medical mission trips in Haiti for the first ten years. He wanted to help the children in his surrounding community. When one of our supporters and volunteers passed away, she left a legacy dedicated to helping the children in Haiti.
Learning a Trade
Markenely Chery submitted his proposal to H3Missions, Inc. It was approved, and he guided a pilot program at an orphanage for sewing classes and computer science lessons. H3Missions, Inc. sent him to Jacmel, Haiti, for a week to observe and learn about a successful ongoing nonprofit sewing academy.
Armed with knowledge and experience, Markenely located five treadle sewing machines, interviewed future students, and hired an experienced teacher. Classes ran for six months, with advanced courses for six months. The program was a success, renewed, and ongoing for two years.
On November 18, 2021, Markenley submitted his second proposal to H3Missions, Inc. He looked for scholarships and found acceptance letters from a local private school in the community. The program is called, Study Camp. The program helps children attend school and maintain good grades by tutoring in all academic subjects. Tutoring includes French Grammar, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and upcoming homework. The project will run Friday through Sunday for three months during the school year.
Markenely submitted a Mechanics proposal to H3Missions, Inc. to help older boys unable to find work. He hired a teacher, and this class is currently ongoing. A maximum of five students in one class for a total of three months.
Jeanne’s Charnigo Learning Academy Sewing Classes
The sewing classes were the first program to be implemented at the academy. The girls were selected from the community to participate. Due to the severity of the pandemic some of the first students could not continue the program. The program ran for 6 months. At the end of the course the girls all made skirts for their final project. They had a graduation ceremony and their skirts were judged.
During the program they used one week to make jewelry. It was a success and they had a sale and they used the proceeds to buy sewing supplies. In the program they learned how to take measurements, make patterns, trace patterns, cut material, hand stitch and used the sewing machines. The program has been continuous for 2 years with new students starting.