PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI- The Haitian officials reported this month that at least eight inmates have died in multiple prisons in Les Cayes. There has been a shortage of food and water in prisons this year, contributing to the death toll.
In response to this horrific news, Mission of Hope, a non-profit based in Austin, TX, is working diligently to ensure inmates at the three local prisons near their campus in Titanyen, Haiti do not face the same life-threatening conditions as others.
“When we heard this news, we knew we had to do something,” said Mission of Hope President Brad Johnson.
“In partnership with Convoy of Hope, we are allocating a large distribution of food to prisons. We do not want overcrowded prisons to run out of food and families to get word that their loved ones have died in conditions that should not be tolerated.”
There are several other issues Haiti is dealing with right now in addition to the food crisis. The assassination of the country’s president Jovenel Moise in 2021, earthquakes in the south that killed over 2,000 people, and an increase in gang violence have rocked the country, preventing most people from being able to work, and to attend church, attend school, or even go to the market.
It is Mission of Hope’s belief that Haiti can be changed, but it begins with educating the next generation. With over 16,000 students enrolled in our education network, Mission of Hope provides quality, Christ-centered education and a daily meal to students who might not otherwise be able to eat. The lives of students and their families are changed when they are educated and graduate.
About Mission of Hope
The mission of Hope exists to transform the lives of men, women, and children as followers of Jesus Christ. Currently, Mission of Hope works in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Key West. By focusing on nutrition, education, medical care, and church advancement, Mission of Hope believe nations can be transformed one life at a time.