Gifts, food, water, and education for children in Haiti
Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes help children living in extreme poverty to fight life’s battles.
Pays-Pourrie, Haiti. Otherwise known as 'Rotten-Country.' No
electricity, no roads, and no running water. The only way to get
there is a four-hour hike up 3,000 feet. Yet it is the home of
hundreds of children, each deserving not only of a shoe box full of
gifts packed by someone like you, but especially of hearing about
God's love for them.
"We started hiking before the sun rose at 4 a.m. with a dozen
mules carrying gift boxes for 500 children," says Michael
Dytynyshyn, Operation Christmas Child regional manager for
"Was that a tough hike? Yes, but it was all worth it because
kids walked over an hour each way to come to this shoe box
That is just one story about how children are blessed around the
world as a result of Canadians packing shoe boxes through Operation
Christmas Child. But the blessings go well 'beyond the box,' in
large part thanks to the $7 donation that our generous supporters
include with their shoe box gifts.
A portion of this donation covers the cost of running The
Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program we invite
children to attend after they've received a shoe box.
These lessons begin by teaching about God as our Creator, and
after covering several other Bible stories, end with a lesson about
Jesus' directive to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew
"From my experience, the most appreciated story is the one about
David and Goliath," says Dytynyshyn.
Perhaps the story is so popular amongst children-in-need because
many of them face terrifying giants every day: sickness due to
unclean drinking water, no nutritional food, and a lack of medical
Thanks to your donations, we - with the help of our in-country
partners - are facing those giants so that children don't have to.
In Haiti, Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse
are helping to:
- educate mothers through our Maternal Child Health program;
- save thousands of malnourished children at our Cite Soleil
medical clinic, and;
Please get involved - again or for the first time - by packing
at least one shoe box as soon as you can! Visit Operation
Christmas Child for more information about how to do that.
And as you pack $7 in each of your shoe boxes this year, keep in
mind that in Haiti alone, nearly 126,000 children
have participated in The Greatest Journey
discipleship program. Of those, more than 43,000 have come to faith
in Jesus Christ.
Ways you can help
Please pray for children in Haiti who need our help to thrive. Pray that as their families receive assistance and education from Samaritan's Purse they will experience the love of Christ in a practical way.
Your gift will help Samaritan's Purse provide food, resources, and education to mothers in Haiti and around the world. Donate Here