Without a doubt, the most important resource we employ outside the Bible for training team members working in Haiti is the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. They have just released a new edition of this book, forwarded by David Platt. Here’s a general description of the book:
With a new foreword by David Platt, two new chapters and a final word on how to help without hurting, this expanded edition of When Helping Hurts creates a new paradigm for partnership by asking Christians to declare and demonstrate among people who are poor that Jesus Christ is making all things new. While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.
Along with the new edition of When Helping Hurts, their website has an excellent 3-part webinar specifically geared to applying the principles of the book to the country of Haiti (how helpful is that?!). Here are the sessions of the webinar:
Session 1 || Haiti: The Church and Poverty
(audio | ppt)
Session 2 || Haiti: Doing Asset-based Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development
(video | ppt)
Session 3 || Haiti: Opportunities for Outsiders: A Panel Discussion
(audio | ppt)
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These resources are foundational to shaping our philosophy of mission in Haiti. We hope you will check them out!