Living Water Christian Mission has been consistently helping the people of Haiti since 2003. We began with a growing little church and a small school with only 17 students. During the first six years our efforts were concentrated only in the city of Gonaives.
In 2009, after overcoming many obstacles, we finally started a church and a school in Marmelade It is in a village called Bassin Bilé.
And in 2012 we were able to plant a church in the northern part of Gonaives in the locality of Morne Blanc (White Mountain).
Gonaives is one of the oldest cities of Haiti. It went as far back as 1422 under the name of Gonaibo. It was then an Indian town. Today Gonaives has over 300,000 people. It is a very significant city historically and is the cradle of the independence of Haiti. This is the reason why it is nicknamed: The Independence City (1804). It is the Philadelphia of Haiti.
Gonaives was the leading city in the effort to end the years of dictatorship of the Duvaliers and also played a major role in putting an end to the second term of Ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004.
The first decade of the 21st century brought major natural catastrophes to Gonaives. There were hurricanes Jeanne (2004), Hannah (2008) and Ike (2008). These hurricanes claimed thousands of lives of people and animals. They also destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, farms, and businesses. Yet the people refused to give up or be defeated.
Today our infrastructure is much better. We have better roads from Port-au-Prince to Gonaives. We have better streets in Gonaives. Business is back to life. And we have enjoyed some much needed peace since the second trimester of 2004.
It is in that city, Gonaives, where much of the efforts of Living Water have been concentrated. We invite you to join us in making Gonaives and many other places in Haiti better places for Christ.