Developing Support

Haiti Medical Project operates with a non-traditional, grass roots financial plan—relying primarily on designated gifts of congregations, individuals and organizations to a fund for immediate project support, to a growing endowment fund or to other more specific designations (such as pure water projects or maternal care programs.)

Mobile clinic

In 2011 when the Project was launched the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board was in process of a needed program reduction resulting from declining funding. Global Mission and Service Executive, Jay Wittmeyer, was centrally involved in the planning of the project but unable to provide budget support. Instead he turned to volunteers who took on the challenge of finding direct “over and above” funding for the new ministry. A five-year plan of support from the Global Food Initiative for agricultural projects was concluded in 2017. In 2018 a new agricultural, soil conservation and reforestation program is undertaken with support of the Food Resource Bank.

The support of the Brethren and other committed organizations has been amazing! As a result there have been important gifts from Brethren World Mission and the Brethren Mission Fund—two consortia of Brethren leaders interested in supporting world mission. Many congregations have adopted the project for mission offerings, Christmas offerings, as a Vacation Bible School project, or have added it to their budget. Individuals have responded with generous support. Beginning in 2014 the Royer Family Foundation has undergirded Haiti Medical Project generously.

For its first year of operation in 2012 a $30,000 budget was set and was surpassed. Support grew steadily and by 2018 the resources invested in Haiti Medical Project are expected total over $397,000 projected as follows:

Brethren funds:
congregations, individuals, organizations
and a supporting endowment
Royer Family Foundation $160,445
Food Resource Bank $41,850
Total $397,373

Program Budget for 2018

40 Mobile Clinics $84,000
Employee Safety Fund 2,500
Community Development Team salaries (9) 101,630
School nurses program and travel 3,645
Training birth attendants 3,000
Training volunteer leaders 8,000
Mothers clubs, nutritional supplements 5,000
Rural dispensaries, new depot 8,400
Latrine construction 3,500
Income enhancement 8,150
Agriculture, soil conservation reforestation 24,548
Fruit trees, reforestation nursery 10,000
Pure water projects (10)* 100,000
Accounting 6,000
Staff training, Honduras 7,000
Vehicle purchase, repair 17,000
Program evaluation 5,000
Total $397,373

*Dependent on special gifts

Endowment Fund

Parallel to this annual program support, a significant pool of funds was provided by Brethren donors to build a supporting endowment. To date over $450,000 has been provided toward a $600,000 goal. The endowment is projected to provide annual support for 2018 in the $20,000 – 30,000 range. The idea is to provide a pool of “forever” funds that will undergird Haiti Medical Project for the indefinite future.

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