The year following Ecuador, Craig helped lead a mission work team to Haiti to help make improvements to a small orphanage located in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Craig has spent the last 13 years working extensively in Haiti with a number of different organizations on a wide variety of projects.
For 8 years, Craig served as either president or director (often both) of the non-profit orphanage and school facility in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As president, Hope for the Children of Haiti’s U.S. headquarters were located inside the Waterfield Design Group offices. While director of HFC, Craig oversaw all aspects of the organization’s 25 person in-country staff; implemented organizational policies and directives; managed fundraising and awareness; established, directed, and led over 25 short term mission work teams; designed and directed facility expansions; and managed important liaison with in-country officials.
The organization focused on saving abandoned children in the Port-au-Prince area. The school provides education to the 60 children in the orphanage (now ages 7-15) as well as up to 70 others from the neighborhood surrounding the facility. Today, the organization has over 35 paid Haitian staff to support their operations as care-takers, cooks, maintenance personnel, mentors, and teachers in Haiti with countless volunteers here in the United States (www.hfc-haiti.com).
In directing the organization’s facility expansion efforts over a 5 year period, Mr. Miller oversaw construction activities in Haiti that increased the size of their existing orphanage and school buildings more six-fold. Craig significantly expanded the organization’s short term mission work program and has led over 250 American volunteers to Haiti in work teams to assist with all aspects of the orphanage’s construction and operations.
Besides providing assistance to the orphanage’s in-country efforts, Craig designed the mission work program to raise awareness among American volunteers about the incredible needs of people who live in the developing world and why deeper cross-cultural understandings are important to Americans. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere by World Bank and United Nations standards and typically one of the three poorest countries on the planet.
Since 1998, Craig has also served as a board member in the ROME Foundation, a non-profit, certified Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Tampa, Florida and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2006, Craig served as president of ROME. ROME stands for the Redeployment Of Medical Equipment and as such, supplies equipment and medicine to a network of medical clinics located throughout the greater Port-au-Prince region. In 2000, ROME purchased land in Tabarre (a PAP suburb) to begin construction of one of the first truly modern hospitals in Haiti. In 2005 ROME assisted in the development of a new radio station which currently broadcasts on FM 93.7 in Port-au-Prince. (www.romefoundation.org).
In 2003, Craig was contacted by Oprah Winfrey’s organization in Chicago to assist them in the physical enhancements to a school they support in Hinche, Haiti, located in the central plain area of the country. Working closely with the Toronto, Canada based non-profit Kids Can Free the Children, Craig travelled to Hinche and provided engineering inspection for their existing school buildings.
In 2004, Mr. Miller worked extensively with the United States Department of Transportation, Prime Minister Gerald Latortue, and his Cabinet Ministers of Public Works, Finance, and Tourism in identifying economic development initiatives for the Republic of Haiti’s central government linking accelerated economic growth with the implementation of transportation and energy improvements strategically throughout the country.
In 2007, Craig worked with several large American investment groups to develop plans for a 15,000 acre economic free trade zone located on the northern part of the island, just outside Port-de-Paix. The Nouveau Kiskeya Free Zone Project utilized Craig’s intimate knowledge of engineering, planning, and of Haitian development to assist them in their approach to this multi-million dollar economic development project.