describes acts of mercy we are all called to do for God's children. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received by those in need.
Jesus says: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me."
Following the guidance of Jesus, Children for a new Haiti/IAGSDev is focusing on how we can love every person and most importantly serve the needs of everyone we come in contact with. Such love for others not only glorifies God by reflecting our love for him but brings "hope for life" to every man, woman and child. Most importantly we desire to see the lives of children in Haiti change as we serve them.
Jesus asks for our personal involvement, will you respond?
International Action Group for Sustainable Development is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
About the Founder
Wissel Joseph is Founder and President of "CHILDREN for a NEW HAITI" an International Action Group for Sustainable Development (IAGSDev), based out of Columbia Missouri. Originally from Gonaives, a city in northern Haiti, Mr. Joseph comes from Montreal, Canada where he lived with his family from 1992 to 2000 when he moved to Columbia, Missouri for work.
While living in Canada, Mr. Joseph attended Bois-de-Boulogne, St Laurent, Ahuntsic colleges and Demers Intitute where his fields of study included human resources, health sciences, and computer science, in which he obtained a bachelors degree.
In 1994, he met Mehemie Bastien, also a native of Haiti, at a weekly church choir practice. Finding they shared many common interests and a mutual love of family and God, they married and began their life together. They now have two beautiful daughters, Wilhermie and Wischell Joseph.
The youngest in a family of five, Wissel Joseph has continued the strong faith and love for God his mother, Lamercie Boyer, instilled in him and never passes an opportunity to share the gospel through song and prayer with his family and friends.
It was the spring of 2000 when Wissel Joseph and his wife, Mehemie, were in the middle of difficult decision to move their young family from their adoptive home of Montreal, Canada. Mr. Joseph, a sought after talent in the Computer Programmer/System Analyst field, was being courted by many companies across North America, but in the end, God directed him and Mehemie, along with their older daughter Wilhermie, to pack up and move to Columbia, Missouri in United States.
Wissel and Mehemie, both originally born in Haiti, had moved separately to Montreal with their families, but neither one had ever forgotten the land of their birth. They made several attempts to return to Haiti and finally, in 2009 they were given the opportunity to return and show their own children where they themselves had been born.
The trip home allowed the Joseph's to reconnect with family and friends. While a happy reunion, Wissel found himself profoundly moved by the living conditions of the people and more specifically the children of his homeland. Wissel realized he could not go back to the U.S. and simply return to the life he had, God had directed him to a new purpose.
Unsure of what to do, Wissel prayed to God and discussed his concerns and desires with his wife, Mehemie and his daughters, Wilhermie and Wischell. During a month of fasting, he wrote a list of things he was giving up to God for assistance with. One of the first items on the list was asking for a way to help Haiti in a sustainable way.
During family fellowship and prayer, Wissel felt the answer come to him. He felt strongly that he should start a nonprofit organization that would help the children in Haiti have access to education, healthcare, and decent nutrition. He shared his thoughts with his family who initially voiced caution at such a large endeavor, but Wissel knew that God would provide. He immediately started gathering information on how to start a nonprofit organization and a few weeks later, had registered it with the state.
Children are the future of any country and Haiti is not exempt. With the recent devastation by an historic earthquake that still keeps thousands homeless and hungry, the need for help is at an all-time high. The cascade effect of hunger, homelessness and loss of hope on the people and children of Haiti is not something that should be allowed to continue. Especially when the needs are simple.
For Wissel, the pain and heartbreak of seeing the home of his heart and birth in such pain is the fire that keeps him moving forward and dedicated to providing these few simple needs for the people of Haiti.
CHILDREN for a NEW HAITI/IAGSDev leadership and staff are committed to providing these basic needs to the children of Haiti.
Your donation, no matter how small or how large, will make an impact in the lives of families in need. Your $5, $10, or $100 dollar donations will feed a child. They will give a family access to clean water, basic healthcare and other sustainable programs in the community. Your kindness will make an immediate difference in their lives.
God bless you!
And on the behalf of the families in need, thank you!
More than half the people in Haiti struggle to survive where 90% of the people live on less than $2 a day. These innocent children and families are all too familiar with the suffering caused by poverty which rob them of hope and threaten to steal their future.
Will you help lift a child in Haiti out of poverty? As a sponsor you will help provide access to lifesaving basics such as food, clean water, healthcare, and educational support. Sponsor a child in Haiti today.
Children for a new Haiti/IAGSDev shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.