On September 11, 1984, Jack and Anne Wall of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada sold most of their possessions and moved to Port au Prince, Haiti. They were sixty years old. Their mission was to work with the poorest of the poor in rural communities: enabling them to achieve a level of productivity and economic activity to provide for themselves and their families. Jack carried with him a charter carved with the vision and mission of the Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA). Anne preoccupied herself with how to support their selves and the mission.
Their home became the doorway to Haiti for many: tourists, visitors, doctors, nurses, teachers, pastors, adoptive parents, mission teams, and church groups. It was known as Wall’s International Guest House. There were many difficult years, but Anne persevered. She often prayed for God to send her “just a few guests” so that she could make ends meet. God did and the Guest House flourished. In return, Anne turned all the proceeds of her hard earned work to support the struggling cooperatives. Through good years and lean years, Wall’s International Guest House has enabled thousands of Haitians and their families to realize a sustainable future. We are grateful for the countless visitors who yearly seek out Wall’s International Guest House as their place to stay while in Haiti. Each visit continues to be an answer to prayer and a blessing for many.
Today, FIDA carries outs its activities through productive cooperatives Haiti (pcH). A staff of 30 carries out the mission of providing resources to communities who desire to advance themselves economically by becoming invested shareholders in their agricultural cooperative enterprise. FIDA/pcH partners with cooperatives as well as numerous other organizations in providing expertise in participatory methodology, the business model of cooperative, agriculture, and a unique adult literacy program.