HCDF wants to empower the residents of the community to maximize their resources and community infrastructure required for self-sufficiency. Through cooperative efforts, HCDF has been engaged in road improvement, livestock production, agricultural ventures, reforestation, water purification, malnutrition aid, and the establishment of a credit union. Their first project was to cap a spring and pipe the water to a convenient point along the road. This project brought clean, healthy water to the town. They have supervised the construction of 200 miles of road through the mountains. They organized the planting of millions of trees – reforesting the formerly barren hillsides. They have established a credit union and instigated a pig-breeding program, replacing local pigs decimated by a swine flu. Thanks to generous support from a donor and the test plot projects sponsored by Covenant World Relief, HCDF is launching its most ambitious agricultural project yet, focusing on irrigated production that rewards the efforts of local farmers with high yields and brings a great supply of nutritional foods to the local market.
HCDF is ensuring the success of the projects by preparing the next generation of leaders. HCDF prepares the graduates of its educational programs to return to the community in leadership roles. Today the entire administrative operations of HCDF’s ministries in Fond-des-Blancs are in the hands of indigenous leaders. To assure that there is a new generation of leaders for the community development programs, the churches, and the schools, HCDF has begun the “Caleb Project” – a three-year, intensive training program for six promising young leaders. They have selected areas around the perimeter of Fond-des-Blancs where there are no schools, churches, and development projects and in two years will have been positioned as leaders in that work locally and in other similar ministries.