“People used to make fun of me because I couldn’t provide for my family,” said Jacqueline Pierre, a single mother of three living in the impoverished community of Jubilee, Haiti.
Jubilee is a squatter’s settlement on the outskirts of Gonaives, one of the poorest cities in the poorest countries of the Western Hemisphere. The desolate landscape resembles a moonscape, lacking vegetation because it’s built atop salt flats. The salty soil chokes the crops, which means most of the community is severely malnourished. The majority of Jubilee’s 15,000 residents are also unemployed and live in dilapidated shanties made of nothing more than flimsy sticks, crumbling rock and dried mud.
“My old house was very small and the roof leaked,” Jacqueline said of her previous, one-room shelter. “It was very hot inside.”
Jacqueline used to earn a meager income as a market vendor, but always found it hard to provide her children with the food, education and medical care they needed.
“I had nothing, I was always depressed,” she said.
But thankfully, Jacqueline’s life has dramatically improved after receiving her brand-new, Cross-supplied home. The new house is a safe and comfortable place where she can raise her children among Christian neighbors.
“We can sleep better here and now I have respect in the community,” she said. “My spirit is happy and that has made my children happy.”
Thanks to our generous supporters, Cross was able to fund the construction of 50 new homes for families like the Pierre’s through our mission partners MUCH Ministries. Together, we are building a community of hope in one of Haiti’s most destitute areas.
May God bless you for your heartfelt gift to the poorest of the poor—you are changing lives in Jubilee!