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The Jasper House Haiti blog is designed to share stories, updates and testimonies that raise awareness, create dialogue and bring enlightenment to those seeking to become more involved in the advocacy and abolition of injustice. 


Tomorrow is For Women.

Maria Atkinson



At Jasper House, the words, “Demen Se Pou Fanm” have become a mantra for the women in the healing centre + academy for learning. Taken from the root of the English phrase, “The Future is Female” and transformed into Haitian Creole, translating to “Tomorrow is for Women”.


This phrase has become a chant for the women, capturing the strength of their voices, and reminding them of their power, and the leadership they possess.


All around the world, from a young age, women have had to struggle to compete for their rightful place.

Wherein a man is already standing, a woman has to strive to achieve.

For the women in Haiti, they are at a disadvantage from the time they are born.

In a male dominance culture, women have to work harder to prove their own worth and value.

The reality of the situation is—most times; they are not seen as equal.


Even if they are educated.

Even if they are working.

Even if they are raising children.

Men still view them as less.


This is the majority.

Are there men who see women as worthy here? Yes.

But the place of a woman in Haiti is oftentimes overlooked.


At Jasper House, we seek to rise above this.

The purpose of all of our programs, restoration, and healing, is so that women may find their inner strength, beauty and worth.
That they would never again, have to be seen as “less than” or as someone who is not worthy of their true value.


Women in Haiti do not need a handout—they need an opportunity.

They need other women (and men) coming alongside them, to create jobs and skill sets that they can learn, to better their future.

They need education, and tools, which will help them rise above their current level of knowledge.

They need encouragement, just like we all do, and reminders of their own inner worth—their power, their strength, and their perseverance.


The circumstances most of the women in our programs face are not something that should ever have to happen.

But, because of the male dominance culture, and the lack of education, women are treated poorly. They are not seen as equals, and men who do not have appropriate ways of releasing their emotions use them as an outlet.


Lack of opportunities for education in Haiti result in women feeling less than their true value.

A woman here is more ashamed to say she does not know how to read and write, than she is to say she is a prostitute.

This is the level at which life without education permeates, and de-values women.


But, this is not where their story has to end.

At Jasper House, women are finding their worth again.

They are seeing their value.

They are rising above, and learning tangible skills and education that will carry them on to change their country.


So we continue to push forward—we continue to chant, “Demen Se Pou Fanm” as a mantra echoing the strength and resilience of these women’s stories, and the life change they are experiencing.


Will you join us?


Story of freedom.

Maria Atkinson


Imagine for a  moment you are born into impossible circumstances. You enter the world lacking a father seeing as he passed away before you were born, your seventeen year old mother does not have the means to care for you, and sadly, passed on the life dooming illness of HIV. 

This is the story of Wendi*, a young woman currently living in our transitional, restoration home. 

Wendi grew up in her aunt’s home where she was  physically and sexually abused for most of her life. Wendi lived as a restavek, a term used to describe children living enslaved to domestic servitude, who are forced to do housework, are abused and not placed in school. 

For sixteen years, this was Wendi’s life. 

At age sixteen, Wendi decided to leave and went to live with a different family member. She spent nearly a year there and her life began to improve, when tragically, her health took a turn for the worst. After discovering that Wendi was HIV positive, her family wanted nothing to do with her. 

Sick, abandoned and alone, Wendi ended up in a charity hospital in a town called Miragoâne, hours from her home. 

However, destiny was at work. 

At this hospital, social services were contacted about Wendi. They came and met with her and told her about a program in Jacmel who could help her.

That program was Jasper House Haiti. 

Four months later, Wendi is health, happy and thriving in our home. She has found hope, healing and most of all, transformation of her mind and heart. Wendi praises God and knows that years ago when she prayed for Him to deliver her, He heard her cries and answered her.

Transformation and hope.

Maria Atkinson


Just a little under a year ago, Denise* found herself in a very tragic situation. 

34 years old, three children, and no ability to provide for them in a consistent way. 

She had begun attending the Jasper House Haiti education center in hopes that it would provide her the means to be able to give her children a better life. 

The home she lived in with her family was a one room, tin shack down by the base of the river in Jacmel, where trash and feces fester and accumulate. An extremely dangerous environment for any human, particular for children to be exposed to, alas this is where Denise found herself and her young family. 


Earlier this year, Denise came to our assistant director distraught and in tears. The father of her youngest child had walked out on them, leaving her with no assistance for the children's needs.

Her worst fear had become a reality. 

She asked Darline if she knew of any local orphanages who would be able to take her children while she went to find work in the Dominican Republic. This was startling news to Darline - not only is it the mission of Jasper House Haiti to keep mothers with their children, but a young Haitian woman, with no legal paperwork, going to the Dominican Republic means only one thing - prostitution. 

We immediately became determined to find an alternate solution for sweet Denise and her children. 

Through our Change a Life sponsorship program, we were able to locate some incredible sponsors who helped to find Denise and new, safe home for she and her children, and give her the ability to sell items in the market on weekends.

She is still able to attend the Jasper House Haiti education center, and will graduate the sewing program this December with hopes to start her own sewing business. 


With support from people just like you, lives like Denise and her children are being dramatically transformed. No longer are they plagued with the looming fear of having to relinquish their children to orphanages or selling their bodies in order to eat. They are able to live and thrive and pursue their dreams. Hope becomes a reality rather than a far off dream. 

With your help, we can continue to uplift and support women just like Denise. 

For $120 a month you can support and woman and her child. 

For $80 a month you can support one woman living in our residential home. 

For $50 a month you can help one woman attend our education centre tuition free.

For $25 a month you can help to provide a hot meal and school supplies for a woman in our program.

We truly cannot do this without you, will you choose to help a woman like Denise today? 

*Names have been changed for the privacy and protection of our women.