STANDING ON MIDDLE GROUND
Somewhere on the path between barely surviving and thriving is where you find Middle Ground. For families in the trenches of malnutrition and poverty the journey from where they are to where they desire to be is filled with obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. It’s in this space that you find us. Deeply committed to walking with families during a brief, but life-changing season.
In the spring of 2008, our founder, Rhyan Buettner arrived in Haiti for the very first time. It was a trip that set fire to a passion that is still alive and growing to this day. Volunteer opportunities with several local orphanages filled up the majority of Rhyan’s first years in Haiti, and it was in those places that a new and powerful dream began to emerge. A dream to see parents and caregivers empowered to care for their children, to see children living in the homes of their birth, and to see whole families thriving together.
In 2010, Espwa Berlancia was founded and began the journey to where we are today. Initially a small program serving only a handful of children and their families, Espwa Berlancia slowly grew until 2016 when we opened our first inpatient malnutrition recovery center. Since then we have seen this passion explode – passion for healthy children growing up in strong families. Growing quickly but organically to include our 12 different programs, we have seen expansion that we never could have dreamed of. In 2018, we followed this expansion by transitioning from Espwa Berlancia into what is now Middle Ground.
Above all, we are motivated by the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ. A perfect example of how to love others was shown by Jesus while he walked on earth and ultimately in His death on the cross. We seek to love generously and graciously as we walk alongside families on the road to recovery and sustainability. To read more about the faith that motivates us, check out our Statement of Belief.