We at Trinity HOPE have been watching in awe as yearly statistics roll in. Ever grateful for the opportunity to serve the children in Haiti, we are often guilty of underestimating God’s plan and the impact of this ministry because our mortal minds cannot conceive of His divine greatness. Here are a few numbers we want to share.
9/6/2021: This is the date of the start to the new school year. In recent weeks, Haiti has been bombarded with tragedy. On July 7, 2021, the Haitian president was assassinated, leaving an increase in political unrest. One month later, the country was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the areas around Jeremie and Les Cayes. As of the date of this article, 2,000 have been found dead, and up to 13,000 more are estimated. In the wake of this mass tragedy, aftershocks led people out of buildings and into streets where they stood under tarps trying to keep dry as tropical storm Grace made landfall.
We have spoken to our staff, and all are safe and well with a few minor injuries. We await assessment of each of the schools we serve in those areas, but we are assured that regardless of damage, school will start on 9/6/2021. If necessary, schools will meet under tarps, and through the Grace of God, children will receive a noon meal! We are in awe as we watch God’s plan for this ministry as His plan continues to reign in the wake of this tragedy. Please continue to pray for our Haitian neighbors.
30%, 52,000, 241, and 13: Each year, about 30% of our funding comes from annual fundraising events. Last year, the Covid closures meant we struggled to have our events. Our November Hunger Fights were often cancelled, and we were unable to travel to churches to meet with new, prospective donors. We were confronted with what seemed to be a barrier regarding efforts to fundraise. The Share the HOPE, on-line auction helped to meet some of that need, and raised over $20,000! Through networking and collaboration, we were introduced to a few donors who were new to us, and they joined the ranks of our always faithful donors and together we exceeded our goals. Coming into the 2021-22 school year, Trinity HOPE will serve over 52,000 meals a day in 241 schools throughout 13 districts in Haiti! “Ain’t God Good?!”
50 Million: In 1999, when the organization started, we served 42 children a day which resulted in about 8,500 cumulative meals that first year. When tallying our end of year numbers for 2020-21, one number jumped off of the page. Since 1999, Trinity HOPE has served a cumulative 50 million meals! WOW! 50 million meals translate to 50 million prayers, 50 million times the Gospel was shared, and 50 million times our children heard about God’s love for them. We estimate we will add about 9 million meals this school year.
20,000: Though we are now serving 52,000 meals every day throughout Haiti, we still have 20,000 children on our current waiting list! These are children who attend Christian schools but have no regular access to food. The Haitian proverb, “A hungry stomach has no ears” explains what we all know to be true: When children are hungry, they cannot learn. They cannot hear the message of the Gospel the schools are trying to teach. With opportunities for company match programs, online donations, silent auctions, etc., we can help you find the donation method that works best for you. Use the QR code on the left to access our website for details.
4: Trinity HOPE has been recognized by two of the top non-profit assessment firms in the nation. We have received the top rating of 4 stars from Charity Navigator and the top rating of platinum from Guidestar. These ratings make us more visible to those looking to make donations, and we are working hard to keep these ratings.