• COCINA - Haiti  - Mission Finder

  • COCINA - Haiti  - Mission Finder

  • COCINA - Haiti  - Mission Finder

COCINA

COCINA, (Coalition of Children in Need Association) a USA-based 501(c) charitable organization partners with Institution Univers and Univers Medical Center in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. COCINA provides the Haiti-based ministries with management and financial support, mission team organization, and economic development expertise and strategies.

In 2004, COCINA received funding for a three-story medical clinic, and in 2006 Univers Centre Medical (UCM) was built. The clinic provides various medical, surgical, dental, and eye-care services to all people in the Ouanaminthe area.

UCM’s services were initially provided only by visiting medical mission teams; but in 2008, COCINA obtained funding to hire a Haitian staff of 24 professional and support personal. The staff now consists of more than 50 Haitians that include physicians, a medical director, dentist, pharmacist, optometrist, lab technicians, nurses, residents in training, and support personnel. In 2010, demands for UCM ’s services were so great that the clinic switched from being open 45 hours per week to being open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Today, the clinic serves more than 35,000 patients annually.

In 2010, COCINA added economic development to its mission statement, knowing how critical Haitian jobs and job training are to build the country’s economy. COCINA’s goal is to help create self-sustaining businesses run by Haitians that will provide employment opportunities and continued development in the Ouanaminthe area. Since 2012, COCINA’s economic development ventures have included a poultry farm, printing shop, bakery, apartment complex, manufacturing plant, and more. As IU students complete their schooling and its graduates return from college, the opportunities for economic development become even more varied and exciting.

Our History

Hugues Bastien, born in Haiti, moved to New York in 1976 to pursue the American Dream, yet kept close ties with his native area in Haiti. While serving as a youth leader and promoting missions in a Brooklyn church, he received a strong nudge from God to serve as a missionary. This calling eventually led Hugues to return to his hometown of Ouanaminthe. With the help of friends, Hugues founded the Coalition of Children in Need Association (COCINA) in 1990 as a U.S.-based 501 (c) (3) charitable organization to support educational and spiritual needs of children in the Ouanaminthe community.

Our Mission

Built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, this generation of Haitian young men and women will glorify God in their country by cultivating a New Day of Spiritual, Intellectual, Economic, and Social Change. We believe that, with God’s help, our students are the answer to the future of Haiti. We must do everything we can to cultivate an environment where they can be the agents of change in their country.

Our Values

There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity. Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of humanity by dying on the cross, accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

COCINA - What We Do

We are, unapologetically, a Christian school. Therefore, we incorporate Christ and Christian values into everything we do, believing that these strong Christian roots will have a positive impact on their country, spiritually. We see many social issues besides healthcare, and are attempting to instill new social values for cleanliness, community pride, and other public health issues into our students so they can pass these on to the next generation. As our students progress through high school, college, and vocational school, we want them to realize that education is a means and not an end. They must be the ones to use all that God has given them to make an economic difference in their country. You may have heard the expression, “teach a man to fish…” But, if there are no fish in the pond, what can one do? That is why we are working to provide economic opportunities for our students.

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Contact: Dennis Kachmarsky
Organization: COCINA
Phone: 704-996-9561
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Address:
1300 Millbank Drive
Matthews North Carolina 28104
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