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.)

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 Growing Hope Worldwide.

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.

From very small beginnings in 2012 support has grown steadily and by 2019 we expect to invest at least $390,000 in Haiti as shown below:

Brethren funds:
(congregations, individuals, organizations and a supporting endowment.)
Royer Family Foundation $159,500
Growing Hope Worldwide $41,950
Total $390,000

2019 Budget Summary

Mobile Clinics
40 Clinics80,000
Special Medical Need Fund4,000
Employee Injury Fund2,500
Staff Salaries
Community Health38,840
Development Field Leaders67,830
Community Health
School Nurses 4,000
Birth Attendant Training 3,000
Training, Present Volunteers 4,000
Mother and Children’s Clubs 2,000
Malnourished Children 2,500
Depot, Meds for Dispensaries 500
Volunteer Health Agents 3,000
Latrine Construction 5,250
Office Remodel10,700
Medical Storage4,000
Staff Housing at Guest House1,200
Agriculture, Soil Conservation24,550
Farm, Tree Nursery8,000
Women’s Projects
Project Costs4,000
Micro-loans, Pastors’ Wives2,500
Pure Water
8 community projects100,000
Vehicle Repair6,000
Accounting Charges6,000
Grand Total $390,000

Endowment Fund

Parallel to this annual program support a significant pool of funds has been provided to build a supporting endowment. To date over $490,000 has been provided toward a $600,000 goal. The endowment is projected to provide program funds in the $30,000 range to support the 2019 budget. The idea is to provide a pool of “forever funds” that will undergird Haiti Medical Project for the indefinite future.”