Baptiste Eglise de la Fratemite Church, located in lower Delmas, is close to downtown Port-au-Prince. The church was started in 1992 in the pastor's house. From 1994 to 2010, the church experienced significant growth and Pastor Ramil Saint Claire and his team started nine additional church plants throughout Haiti.
There is a school on the church property for kindergarten through 12th grade with more than 300 students. Roughly 75% of the children receive full scholarships. The church also holds a free medical clinic each week that is funded by the church body. Previously the church offered a feeding program for the children but was unable to continue due to lack of funds.
The neighborhoods surrounding the church are home to numerous orphans and vulnerable children and who would greatly benefit from the OVC Program and outreach from the church. Bel Air, a large slum, is located close to the church, and faces the effects of poverty and unemployment. Additionally, many children can be found roaming through the large Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp near the church.
Orphaned and vulnerable child program (OVC)
Through the OVC program, Church Partnership will meet the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of 20 families caring for orphaned and vulnerable children by:
- Serving daily meals for nourishment
- Providing education and supplies for learning
- Monitoring the health care for those in need of medical attention
- Counseling and mentoring through spiritual guidance and discipleship
Pastor Ramil Saint Claire
Pastor Saint Claire was saved at a church in Jacmel when he was a young boy. He came to Port-au-Prince in 1996 and served in another church. While at this church, he was baptized, taught Sunday School, and called by God to be a pastor. He attended theological school in 1967 for four years and was married in 1973. He and his wife have two sons and two daughters.
Project: Church Partnership will support the Orphaned and Vulnerable Child (OVC) Program, meeting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of 20 families caring for orphaned and vulnerable children within the community.
Funding Needed: $1,000 per month
Number of Children Helped: 20
Primary Issues: Poverty, Unemployment, Child Slavery
Care Point: Home Based Care