Why we run


Education is not free, nor widely available in Haiti. 

“Currently, the majority of Haitians lack access to quality education; a prerequisite for sustained social and economic development. Despite improvements in enrollment and the commitment of the Haitian government to strengthening public education, challenges in funding, teacher training, and access remain widespread. These issues put a generation of Haitian youth at risk of lacking the knowledge and basic skills necessary to succeed in the labor force.”

USAID, 2017

The Haitian Hustle began in 2011 as a way to cover the education costs for children living at the Lighthouse Children’s Home, run by Jesus in Haiti Ministries. Over the years as the Hustle has grown, God has used it to meet even more needs.

By Hustling this year, you are helping provide: 

Tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and tutoring for the teenagers living at the Lighthouse Children’s Home.

School year start-up costs, like textbooks, for Grace Emmanuel School, which provides a virtually free education for 375 students from extreme poverty. 

Scholarships for top graduates of Grace Emmanuel School who are continuing their education at a university or trade school.

The Haitian Hustle impacts the lives of nearly 400 students from pre-kindergarten to university.

Read some of their stories…


Orphaned at a young age, he could have settled for a lot less. But God had different plans for him. With help from the Hustle, Derson graduated from seminary in May 2019. Read Derson’s story…


For 10 years, he watched cousins and friends go to school without him until a tutor and Grace Emmanuel School gave Mike his first chance at an education. Read Mike’s story…


Kimberly lost her mom in the earthquake in 2010 and has lived for the last decade at the Lighthouse Children’s Home. She will graduate from high school in 2022. Read Kimberly’s story…

History of the Haitian Hustle

Dawn Bengtson of Becker, MN, started the Haitian Hustle in 2011. Watch the story of the friendship that first inspired this race.

For more information about the work of JiHM, visit their website.