Christian Aid Ministries, the charity whose workers were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday, has a long history of working in the Caribbean nation.
Based in Ohio and founded in 1981, the group has worked in Haiti for at least 15 years, according to its website. The organization distributes food and clothing, funds schools, teaches farming methods and helps with emergency relief. In 2020, it had operations in more than 130 countries and territories.
The group was founded by Amish and Mennonites, Christian sects that are known for their conservative dress and avoidance of many modern technologies. In Pennsylvania, where the first Amish in America arrived in the 1800s, many live in isolated rural communities that focus on farming and agriculture.
CAM says it “strives to be a trustworthy and efficient channel for Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups and individuals to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world.” Amish and Mennonite communities throughout the United States regularly hold fund-raisers for Haiti, selling food, blankets and other goods they make.