In the summer of 2004, the members of Christian music group, Audio Adrenaline, founded the Hands and Feet Project. The Project, inspired by fan reaction to the song “Hands and Feet”, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing family-style, residential care for children in crisis.
The organization broke ground on their first Children’s Village in Cyvadier, a small town on the Southern coast of Haiti, and began their journey of serving the forgotten children of the impoverished Caribbean nation. Now, The Hands and Feet Project has grown to include multiple locations across the southern peninsula that provide family style care for children in need.
Moving forward, Hands and Feet continues to fight against the orphan crisis by preserving families first, providing families when necessary, and reunifying families when appropriate. With a newly opened daycare for mothers in crisis, and robust job creation initiatives, Hands and Feet brings sustainable solutions to help families stay together and thrive in their communities.
2003 - Audio Adrenaline, after being inspired by fan reactions to their song Hands and Feet, is moved to start ministry dedicated to helping the children of Haiti.
2004 - Hands and Feet Project is officially formed. Outside of Jacmel Haiti, property was purchased and the dream to provide a home for orphaned and abandoned children began. Drex and Jo Stuart, former missionaries in Haiti, moved to Jacmel to build and manage the program from the ground up.
2005 - Hands and Feet welcomes the first little girl, Tamara. (Tamara, now 14 years old, is a social butterfly, filled with sensitivity and a love for all the people around her)
2007 - 24 children are now placed in the loving care of the Hands and Feet Project growing village.
2008 - Started program to help mothers in crisis with health and sanitation training, vitamins and supplements.
2008 - Hurricane Gustav, Hanah, and Ike brought serious flooding, causing a major landslide which left the Children’s Village buried under 6 feet of rock and earth.
2008 - We assisted local pastors and organizations in an effort to rescue children from a corrupt facility - In Grand Goave, a new Children’s Village is needed to meet the need.
2010 - At 4:53 pm on January 12th, Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, leaving over 100,000 people dead. Hands and Feet assisted in relief efforts for months in and around Grand Goave and Jacmel Haiti.
2011 - Hands and Feet, along with the rest of Southern Haiti, continues to recover from one of the worlds worst natural disasters. Hands and Feet pushes deeper into the emotional care needs of the children in partnership with the Refuge Center.
2012 - Hands Feet continues to explore best practices along the childcare continuum in partnership with CAFO. (Christian Alliance for Orphans)
2013 - Hands and Feet adds “Fighting for families” to its mission statement, making family preservation efforts a foundational goal. Haiti Made, job creation for children transitioning out of orphan care and mothers in crisis, begins
2014 - IKONDO The dream to create jobs through Mission tourism is born in a partnership with Frazer Church in Montgomery Alabama
2014 - In partnership with Haiti's child protective services, we assisted in the reunification of nearly 50 children.
2014 - Hosted our first Village Values Celebration weekend honoring our our staff and children for their honesty, responsibility, obedience and love.
2105 - completion "Kay Pwason", our Fish House. This is an Aquaponics system and agricultural space focused on fish production and growing vegetables in Jacmel.
2015 - Reunified our first residential child with family.
2017 - Haiti Made came out from under HAFP’s umbrella to allow a greater focus on job creation and impact.
2017 - Les Petites Mains Garderie, opened to provide child care for mothers and fathers in crisis as part of our growth in family preservation programming.
2017 - HAFP hosted our first IKONDO guests under our new mission to serve, retreat and explore in our beautiful host nation of Haiti.
2018 - Our first student, Marvensky, graduated from Philo, a high school diploma equivalency.