Throughout the centuries, a people’s progress has rested on the education of its children. With this understanding, ICDM began educating the children of Bayonnais, Haiti a few at a time under a mango tree. That was 30 years ago. Today, we are privileged to educate over 800 children per year in our Pre-K— 11th grade school. In the intervening years, our school has produced doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and other professionals as well as educated farmers and trades people. By changing individual lives, we are helping to change nations.
You can help us make a difference in children’s lives by:
Sponsoring a Child- For just $35 a month (a little over $1 per day) you can help transform a child’s future by providing them with instruction, uniforms, and school supplies. A small investment yields great returns. To sponsor a child, sign up here.
Feeding a Child. It is difficult to learn on an empty stomach. That is why we try to provide a hot, nutritious lunch for our students every school day. For some, it is the main or only meal of their day. You can be part of our “full stomach, full mind” feeding program by clicking here.
Although ICDM’s base is in Bayonnais, Haiti, our vision is to multiply our effectiveness throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We do this by training Christian workers from different communities to be evangelists and social entrepreneurs in their hometowns and villages.
The tools we use to equip leaders throughout Haiti are:
Portable Bible Schools.
Portable Bible Schools are equipping and empowering current and future leaders to minister more effectively in the places where God has called them to serve. Portable Bible Schools provide training close to home for men and women who have heard the call of Jesus Christ to serve in their churches and communities. Instruction covers 200 lessons on Bible doctrine, homiletics, and living a holy life. Up to this point in time, some 5000 students have participated in our Portable Bible School training. Amazing ministries are springing up as a result of Portable Bible Schools. See a story of transformation here.
Schools of Evangelism. Schools of Evangelism began in the fall of 2006 in Port-au-Prince. The intensive nine-month course was the first school of its kind in Haiti. That initial class graduated 11 leaders trained as specialists in biblical evangelism – and generated so much enthusiasm that a second SOE opened in Cap-Haitien in 2009. After the 2010 earthquake destroyed the SOE facility in Port-au-Prince, the students completed the school year in a tent and in the open air. SOE’s currently are taught in various regions throughout Haiti. Coursework includes methods of sharing the gospel, developing a strategy for a national movement of evangelism, and supervised practical field experiences in social and economic development. As of August 2021, 3000 students have graduated from Schools of Evangelism. A life change for you to view here.
Women’s Conferences. ICDM's first Port-au-Prince Women's Conference took place in January of 2008, with the theme "You Are Witnesses." Women received specific training in methods of evangelism (Wordless Book, Roman Road, etc.), along with inspiration from Thelma Braun from the book of Philippians. Trainees were urged to set specific goals for witnessing and to report their progress after two months. Fellowship and encouragement was a very positive experience for ladies who often lead ministries in relative isolation. Since then, women’s conferences have met every few months. It is estimated that over 3000 throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic have attended a Woman’s Conference.
Annual leadership Conference. This annual conference gathers top Christian leaders from across Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a week of Bible teaching, leadership training, and entrepreneurial development. Participants are encouraged to bring their visions before seasoned leaders for encouragement and critique (a la Shark Tank). Leaders may also receive practical instruction in how to develop streams of income.
The Center of Hope. While some of our training takes place onsite in different communities, a lot still takes place on the Center of Hope in Bayonnais. This three-story conference center houses the school, the local church, and various training programs. It features accommodations for visiting students as well as several large conference rooms and classrooms. For more information about the Center of Hope, click here.
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach him how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with a per capita income of $790 per year and an average life-expectancy of 66 years. ICDM is committed to raising both the length and quality of life for Haitians and Dominicans. We do this by providing health education and medical services, and opportunities for greater economic independence. Here are some of the ways we seek to empower people:
Using seed money provided by our American partners, families are provided with small loans and business training to start their own businesses. Loans have been provided to underwrite bread-baking, soap-making, sewing, and retail. We hope to expand into the area of small engine mechanics soon. One of the more popular economic development programs is our G.O.A.T. program. For only $100 you can help a family become more self-sufficient through the purchase of a goat. The great thing about GOAT is that the whole family can get involved.
Many families we service still rely on farming for some of their food supplies. ICDM continues to share its modern agricultural technology with neighbors to provide them with greater food security. We also train all of our students at our school, regardless of intended career, in the basics of agriculture so they can help their families in this area.
With the completion of the Jaques S. Pierre Medical Clinic in 2018, we have been able to expand our ability to meet the medical needs of Bayonnais. Our staff of two physicians, nurse practitioners, mid-wife and lab tech treat 1000 cases per year. In addition to providing acute medical care, our team provides regular health education classes at our school and throughout the community, empowering people to take charge of their health. To find out more about our clinic and how you can get involved, please click here.
Some of the least empowered people in any modern society are its elderly.
Haiti has no public assistance programs to help them. The Jesus Loves Me Project combines discipleship with human development. It offers literacy training, health assistance, food, shelter, clothing, seeds and other necessities. It also addresses emotional and spiritual needs, and helps people to find a family in Jesus Christ and his people. Find out more here. To Senior Ministry testimony
ICDM Family Homes
Nothing empowers a family like a clean, safe house to call their home. Building such homes are a stretch for many people in Haiti and the DR; for at-risk families like the widowed or abandoned, it is an impossibility. At ICDM we deal in impossibilities all the time. Through building impossible homes for those most in need we provide the hope needed to have an empowered future. Find out more here.