Grand Rapids family moving back to Haiti to help orphans

Jona Lazarre
Jona Lazarre. (November 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — “Most Haitians don’t go back to Haiti after they leave the country for a better life,” said Jona Lazarre.

But that’s exactly what she, her husband and their two children are doing. By late December, they’ll leave their life in West Michigan and move to Haiti.

Haitian by birth, the couple met in Grand Rapids and married. Jona Lazarre works as a nurse and nurse educator at Spectrum Health.

“We always wanted to help Haiti. We wanted to go back to Haiti to help but on a short-term basis. We never thought of moving back to Haiti,” she said.

But that changed. She said their call became clear while visiting Haiti in 2005 when her husband saw his own face in the faces of three orphan boys.

Their plan now is to serve orphans through a comprehensive plan that will include foster care and job training. The jobs will allow parents to support their orphaned kids and will qualify others to become foster parents.

“We know what we’re focusing on and just staying focused on what the plan is. I think that will be the hardest thing for me, because you can get involved with everything in Haiti. The country needs help in every single corner,” Lazarre said.

You can learn more about the Lazarre’s mission at the God’s Vision for Haiti website.