It's been eight years since Providence Township resident John Frank started helping the people of Haiti.
In the beginning, he was working to provide relief to the island nation as its people tried to recover from a devastating earthquake.
Now he's trying to help the residents survive in a collapsing economy.
"The people there are now dealing with inflation that makes it hard for them to afford the food they need to survive. Food prices have been rising dramatically in recent months, with staples like a 50-pound bag of rice going from $20 to $40," he said. "Kids there are eating dirt so they don't go to bed hungry."
Nor can they easily find ways to earn enough money to support their families.
"People there want to work but there are no jobs to be had," he said.
So Frank is gathering items Haitians can use to start small businesses.
"We're packing 55 gallon barrels with small items such as phone chargers that can be sold for very little but will allow families to sell them to make enough to survive." He's also been collecting money to help residents start their own businesses.
He gets support from his church, Refton Brethren in Christ, as well as high school classmates and individuals.
Frank has been working with Martial Pierre David since 2011. David runs a school in Haiti, providing education for 192 students in kindergarten through ninth grade. While he asks students' families to pay for their education, he will not turn a students down if their families cannot afford to pay.
"We have kids who have to live on less than $1 a day," David said.
While he's working to help people start businesses and educating their children, David is also looking for a place to live.
"We have to move, because the house we live in has been sold," he said. He's hoping to come up with a place for himself, his wife, and their four children.
Frank has been involved in mission work much of his life. "I did a lot when I was younger, helping people recover from tornado damage in Missouri," he said.
Now he's continuing to work to help the people of Haiti.
"We have a mission as Christians to improve their lives. Christianity has no nationality. One of the best ways is to help them get an education or to help them start businesses so they can become more financially secure," Frank said.
For more information on his ministry or to make a contribution, call Frank at 717-786-6334.