The beginnings of Voices for Haiti date back to 1996, while Pastor Augustave was serving as the pastor of a small Seventh Day Adventist congregation in Long Island, NY. With the help of his congregation and the Southern Mission of Seventh Day Adventist headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Pastor Augustave began shipping barrels of resources to Haiti. From this partnership began what was to become a regular shipment of resources for relief from cities and communities around the United States to Haiti’s affected areas.
1996 - 2001
Pastor Augustave partnered with the Southern Mission of SDA’s Community Services leader Pastor Germain, and named the movement the “Haiti Project”. The Project went cold for two years until efforts were resumed in 1998 and 1999. Clothing, food, water and emergency kits were distributed to to various cities in Haiti affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters.
2003 - 2010
In 2003,The “Haiti Project” was renamed “Voices for Haiti”; and registered with the State of New York in 2005. Voices for Haiti began a program of assisting various Orphanages in four cities: Port au-Prince, Carrefour, Petion Ville and Cabaret. In October 2006, Voices for Haiti started their educational outreach and opened its first school. The organization operated several mobile medical clinics in the remote areas of Cabaret and Jacmel. Following the earthquake of January of 2010, Voices for Haiti mobilized groups of volunteers to respond to the needs of the country.
Ou works in the recent years have involved the construction a a new school for the newly established city in Leveque. We also have been able to provide at least one hot meal a day for each student, fence in the new property in Leveque, complete the soccer field and basketball court and continue to renovate the residence hall for volunteers.
Voices for Haiti envisions a Haiti where the least fortunate and most vulnerable, the children, will become the educated majority, independent thinkers, and leaders of the future. They will understand a brighter future rests on supporting one another. Equipped to compete in a global society, they will have access to the same educational opportunities with the world community.