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HAITI : REV
THE REV STORY
In 2016, our Haiti associate Amber Hasson took responsibility for 36 kids and teens in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Most had been impacted by a major flood which wiped out their homes in 2008. They moved to Port-Au-Prince, only to experience the trauma of the 2010 earthquake. When we learned of their situation in 2016, the REV Home was founded, inspired by the Haitian Creole word for dream.
Over the last 6 years, many changes have taken place, but what has remained steadfast is Amber's commitment to helping these kids and young adults succeed in life and most importantly, love God. Read on to meet each group of kids or young adults who come together to form REV.
The seven younger kids who are still in Rev Home live together with our Haiti Associate Amber. They still need the structure of a home as they each have at least 7 years left with Rèv. Many of these kids struggle with school due to various learning difficulties, but Amber is ready to help them through any challenges they may face. We are thankful for the opportunity our Rev Home kids have to take part in TeachHaiti's school, where they are able to get a quality education for their futures. 2 of the kids are homeschooled to better accommodate their learning needs.
Rev Home kids
We have transitioned our ten 18-21 year olds into a program called Rev 2.0. As they become young adults, Rev 2.0 allows the kids to start using the truths they've learned to begin making more decisions on their own. They will still have our support as we help them walk through these transitional moments. Their relationship with Jesus will become more personal, as it becomes their choice whether to go to church or do devotions - they've now left the structure of the Rèv Home. Due to Haiti's volatile environment, these 18-21 year olds have missed a large amount of school time over the years, so they may remain in this program until they graduate High School.
Rev 2.0 students
Some of our Rev graduates are in college and continue working at the Rev Cafe. For some of them, past sponsors have come alongside to help these hardworking graduates pay for college courses, but they are now considered full-fledged adults and are no longer a part of any residential Rev program.
The Rev Cafe Empowers young adults to dream bigger than poverty’s obstacles through higher education. Rev 2.0 students and graduates are eligible for employment at the Rev Cafe.