Our History

The Mission was founded in the 1980s by a Detroit pastor as The Caring and Sharing Mission.

Following the devastating earthquake of January, 2010, the Mission was the second project chosen by the A Hole in the Roof Foundation.  The Foundation was committed to rebuilding and repairing the home to more than seventy children. In December 2010, as the Mission fell upon hard times, and A Hole in the Roof Foundation assumed operation, changing its name to  Have Faith Haiti, inspired partly by Albom’s book “Have a Little Faith.”

To follow the progress of the original campaign and repairs from the beginning, follow the video timeline below.

February 2010: $70,000   |   30 Days   |   One Mission

Following the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January of 2010, A Hole in the Roof Foundation launches a campaign to raise funds for an orphanage in Haiti. Over $82,000 is raised in just 19 days!

April – August 2010: Detroit Muscle Crew I

A group of skilled tradesmen from Detroit make several trips to Detroit to repair existing spaces, build bathrooms and showers, and build a new school building. Watch their video diaries. These generous volunteers would continue improving various infastructure needs through 2013.

December 2010: Caring & Sharing Becomes Have Faith Haiti Mission

Realizing the Mission needed more than physical repair, A Hole in the Roof assumes responsibility of the mission.

January 2011: Haiti, One Year Later

ESPN’s Jay Harris shares this special report from Haiti, where faith and sports have helped rebuild an orphanage.

November 2011: The New School Opens!

The Detroit Muscle Crew created new learning spaces, and the new bilingual school opens!

December 2011: Deck the Wall Campaign

Thanks to your generosity, a dangerous and crumbling stone wall at the edge of the Mission’s property was repaired.

November 2013: Detroit Checks in on Haiti

Fox 2 News reporter Amy Lange returns to Haiti in a special two-part series.

January 2015: Haiti, Five Years Later

A special report from the Detroit Free Press.

January 2020: 10 Years Later, We Cannot Forget

Read Mitch Albom’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, and watch this special video. We have the luxury of forgetting. Haiti and its children do not. Hear the stories from our kids. 

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