Hi! We are Denise and Kim, founders of Laman Outreach, Inc. We have been traveling to Haiti on mission trips with our church since Haiti’s earthquake in 2010. God has given us an incredible love for the beautiful, resilient people of Haiti and a desire to help them feel valued and loved by God.
After traveling to the same village in Haiti several years in a row, we began to realize that these people had specific dreams and desires to improve their village and reach out to the poorest of the poor within their midst. We also realized that, although they have worthy intentions, they don’t necessarily have the financial means to achieve these goals. We were burdened to help our friends in Haiti develop plans and ministries to help their own people grow and thrive physically and spiritually. It was out of this God-given burden that Laman Outreach was born.
Where did the name Laman Outreach come from? Laman (pronounced la-mã) is the Haitian-Creole word for “manna,” the bread that God provided His people in the wilderness. We want to continually recognize that God is the One who is providing for Haiti via Laman Outreach.
Laman Outreach was incorporated in November 2015, and was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity in September 2016. We rolled out our initial project, The Elderly Project, in December 2016. Since then we have provided monthly groceries and regular visits for 30 elderly people in the village of Merger de Sibert, Haiti through a monthly sponsorship program. In 2017 we began addressing the problem of hypertension of the elderly in our Elderly Project. And in the summer of 2018 we will begin to hold community health education programs in our new multi-purpose facility.