Who We Are
The Haiti Christian Development Fund (HCDF) has been actively working in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti since 1982 for the sole purpose of holistic community development in a rural Haitian community. Its basic premise is to proclaim good news to the poor in word and deed, through reconciliation, relocation, and redistribution. The three R's are based on the teachings of John M. Perkins. (read more about the “Three Rs”).
HCDF Mission Video
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”
At Haiti Christian Development Fund, our top priority is to achieve results, and we know that our success depends on the quality of our campaigns and partnerships. Our approach is to build strategic networks and promote programs that will help advance our work. Learn more about the causes we’re passionate about and get in touch with us to see how you can get involved.
Tackling the Issue
The HCDF has initiated and managed many projects, and partnered with others in the Fond-des-Blancs community since the early 1980s in comprehensive holistic community development. All endeavors stem from the model of John Perkins and his pioneering message for holistic Christian community development (the Three Rs) with these foundational goals: Education, Leadership Development, Farming and Community Development.
One of the benefits of living in the tropics is that you can grow almost anything at any time of year. We're working to change the way farming is done in Haiti, particularly in rural communities. We want to use every arable piece of land in the Fond des Blancs area and beyond with modern mechanized farming techniques. The agricultural cooperative's main goal is to create an environment in which participating farmers can increase their current harvest without having to reinvent their traditional crop production methods. Through shared equipment, irrigation, quality seed, marketing, and technical support, the coop will provide mechanized land preparation, planting, and harvesting.
Education & Outreach
Doing What’s Needed
To break the cycle of poverty, HCDF has been offering a quality education to the children of the community since the 1980s. L’Exode schools have developed an excellent educational program as exemplified by the high student exam scores. Parents are eager to enroll their children in the L’Exode schools, which currently include over 1,500 students in HCDF-supported schools across seven campuses. Responding to the tragic destruction of so many high schools in the 2010 earthquake, HCDF launched its own high school in 2012, partnering with a US university to assure the buildings are durable in earthquakes and other storms. The academic standards at L’Exode schools are as high as any in Haiti. HCDF extends even greater opportunities for its top high school graduates by offering university scholarships to advance beyond high school and then return to the community in leadership roles.