Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
80% of Haitians live on less than two dollars a day. Haiti is the third hungriest country in the world.
There are over 600,000 orphans in Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake in 2010. Only 50% of children are able
to attend school in Haiti.
Roughly half of the country’s population practices Voodoo.
It’s no secret that Haiti is a nation with a lot of need.
Between being the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere to being a country with over 600,000 orphans, Haiti is known as a place that needs hope.
God put the nation of Haiti on my heart back in 2012, during my freshman year of college. He gave me a vision to start a children’s home in Haiti that would be for around 25 children. I knew this was a God-sized dream and that it would be no small task, but the vision that God had given me was straight from the heart and mind of God. I knew I had to go after it with everything in me.
I visited Haiti for the first time in May 2012 and on my trip I visited several orphanages. Through this trip, I was hoping to receive confirmation from the Lord that Haiti was the spot where the first Kingdom Kids Home would open. On my flight home, I was reflecting on the trip. I was thinking of how my question of, “Is Haiti supposed to be the nation where we open the first Kingdom Kids Home?” did not really get answered. In that moment, God reminded me of an orphanage we visited several times on the trip where every child there loved the Lord and had a clear understanding of who Jesus was. All of those children were well taken care of and were going to grow up to be strong, solid, Christian men and women of God.
On that plane ride, God spoke to me saying, “Kristie, think of all the children in that orphanage. They know the Lord and they are falling more in love with Him every day. They are going to grow up and become leaders in the nation of Haiti...they have so much potential. Now, think of all of the other children who are in Haiti, living on the streets, who could have the same amount of potential, but have nothing because no one has rescued them. I want you to go back and rescue them.”
That was all the confirmation I needed. After that day, the Lord continued to grow my heart for the nation of Haiti and with each day that passes, He continues to grow my heart for the children who are “the least of these” in Haiti.
— Kristie, Founder of Kingdom Kids Homes
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."