Well, I started going to Haiti in 2006 doing medical mission work. Other people from my church were going to Haiti for a mission trip and I was going as a doctor. It was a great experience and I decided to go back again in 2010 after the earthquake to do more medical work. It was there that I actually met Fabie, my wife who is the reason behind my involvement. She was the visionary behind creating an orphanage after the earthquake hit. It was clear there was a need for this so after a lot of research and groundwork, in 2013 we created and inaugurated Ephraim Orphan Project, located in Lascahobas, Haiti.
A lot of these kids have chronic medical problems but they receive great health care at this orphanage. Some come from incredible disaster stories and if you look at their picture from when they started to where they are now…it truly is amazing. I'm just happy to be able to do what I can.
We started with two kids and we now have 18, ranging from two years old to 15. We now have about 15 acres of property, 10 workers and a large garden where kids learn to grow their own crops. Currently, the orphanage is run by private small donations but there are several folks that have donated their time to help manage.
One of the things that are important to both my wife and me is that this is a Christ-centered operation. Everything we do starts and ends with Jesus. I think this whole thing is the grace of God because Haiti was never on my radar. Only by his grace would I wind up doing something like this. I personally think this is what God wants me to do and I'm happy to make a difference where I can. I'm very grateful.
-Mark Catterson, MD