Our Core Ministries
- 35+ years ministry
- 4 school campuses
- 1,400 students enrolled
- 50 acres of land
- 52 guest beds
- 540 sponsored children
- 99% staff in Haiti
- 1.7 million school lunches served
Christianville was established in 1978 by Jim & Carol Herget with a mission to reach the poorest of people in Haiti with spiritual and humanitarian aid. The Hergets saw a need to establish an orphanage and to meet the spiritual needs of the people in the Christianville area. Jean Claude Duvalier, President of Haiti, donated approximately 35 acres of land to Christianville for the establishment of an orphanage and to provide humanitarian assistance.
Since its start in 1978, Christianville has been blessed with many new opportunities to expand its ministries through its volunteers, students, workers, and ministry partners. Christianville’s ministry has expanded well beyond the original 35 acres in Gressier, Haiti. Today, we operate four schools, adult technical school, children’s feeding program, pastoral outreach, several agricultural extension programs, and work with eight churches throughout Haiti. We provide a safe platform for mission groups to develop outreach programs within the community.
Our mission is to “Share the love of Christ through education, nutrition, poverty alleviation and health ministries; and empowering the local church in Haiti.”
Our Christ-Centered Statement:
From the very beginning, Christianville has been a work done in the name of and for the sake of Jesus Christ, that is, a “Christ-centered” work. Christianville was undertaken as an effort to extend the love and compassion of Christ to the vulnerable and neglected people of Haiti. Christianville provides for their needs by offering education, nutrition, employment and exposure to Christianity in an unchristian nation. This is all done in a Christ-like manner, from a Christ-based motivation and with a Christ-focused message to provide hope for eternity. Since Christ was and is never coercive or offensive, neither are the services of Christianville provided in a physically or spiritually coercive or offensive manner. It is made clear to our employees, students and community constituents that our assistance is offered in the name of Christ and their openness to His love and grace will make the difference in their lives.
Our vision is to implement sustainable programs that provide hope for the present, future and eternity.
Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haitian Creole and French are spoken in Haiti.
The island is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and occupies about 10,700 square miles, which is about the size of Maryland. There are approximately 10,000,000 people reside in Haiti, and around 30% of the population lives near the capital Port-au-Prince.
About 80% of the population is Catholic and less than 20% are Protestant and more than half the population is believed to practice some form of voodoo.
The adult literacy rate is less than 50% and about 80% of children attend primary school (K-6), but only about 25% attend secondary school (7-Filo).
The median age in Haiti is around 22 years old, which is about 16 years less than the average age in the U.S. One of every five children are malnourished and life expectancy is 63 years versus 80 years in the U.S. with an infant mortality rate of more than 5%.
2012 Gross National Income per capital was $760. 80% of the population lives in poverty and 54% of the population lives in abject poverty ($1 per day or less). In 2010 there was a 40% unemployment rate and the average annual inflation between 1990-2012 was 14.3%.
Christianville Foundation Inc. is located in the town of Gressier, highlighted in blue below.