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Gina Wathen

Role on the Board - Orphan Sponsorship Director & Co-Director of The Haitian Bead Project

Background: Gina has been involved in this ministry since 2012. She began as the Orphanage Sponsor Coordinator and then joined the Board of Directors in 2013. She studied business and psychology in college and worked in management training and assistant buying for a department store chain. She has volunteered with Mom’s in Prayer, The Pregnancy Care Center and The Phoenix Alliance at University High School. More recently she has been in leadership positions with the Sister 2 Sister women’s ministry at Trinity Community Church in Clovis, California.

Current occupation: Gina is Co-Director of The Haitian Bead Project. It is the women’s empowerment business which is a part of HaitiGO. There are 55 women working in the project located in Pignon, Haiti. This opportunity helps these women as they strive to support themselves and their families. As a board member, Gina brings her sales and marketing background as well as development experience to the Haitian Bead Project. She is also skilled in Haitian Creole which is an asset as a communication liaison and translator.

When did you first get involved with HaitiGO and what was your involvement? How are you involved now? My connection started after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. My husband and I were led to help build an orphanage in St. Raphael, Haiti through our connection with Ericlee and Dorina Gilmore.

Why do you have a heart for Haiti? I remember my first trip to Haiti in January of 2013. It was sobering and humbling. I asked myself, “Why did God allow me to be born in the U.S., and these people to be born here?” I didn’t earn it or deserve it. My husband and I have often said to ourselves and our children, “We are blessed to be a blessing.” The need for development and discipleship is obvious in Haiti and we wanted to help if the Lord would lead. This was the start of a new chapter in our lives - to serve the Lord as we serve His children in Haiti.