Pastor Rwosvelt Cherie established Smyrna Evangelical Baptist Church about 10 years ago in Campion, one of the poorest villages in northern Haiti. He worked alone the first four years of the church. CrossPointe began working in Campion in March 2010 right after the devastating earthquake. Since then, we have partnered with Smyrna Evangelical Baptist Church and helped the village establish a safe water system, a school for children whose parents cannot afford to send them to government schools (currently 90 elementary school students), primitive toilets in most homes in the village, adult education, a women's ministry, and more. Diseases such as cholera have been significantly reduced. We look to the future to support the church to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas as per the Human Development Index. It has experienced political violence throughout its history.
Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
The country’s highest point is Pic la Selle, at 8,793 feet. The total area of Haiti is 10,714 square miles with a population of 10,032,619(2) and its capital is Port-au-Prince. Haitian Creole and French are the official languages.
Haiti’s regional, historical, and ethno-linguistic position is unique for several reasons. It was the first independent nation in Latin America and the first black-led republic in the world when it gained independence as part of a successful slave revolution in 1804. Despite having common cultural links with its Hispano-Caribbean neighbors, Haiti is the only predominantly Francophone independent nation in the Americas. It is one of only two independent nations in the Americas (along with Canada) that designate French as an official language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements, or collectivités, of France.