In 1985, travelers from Ontario visited Haiti on a “poverty awareness trip.” They shared their stories widely and encouraged others to go and experience the rich culture and vitality they saw in Haiti.
Two of the travelers (Ray Wyrzykowski & John Barnfield) were so inspired by what they had experienced that they wanted to do more, and with the support of their families Rayjon was born in January 1986. From awareness came a call to action to empower, build relationships, and partner in community development.
Who We Are: Our Mission
Rayjon Share Care supports partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to enhance their well-being and capacity. Rayjon provides a bridge between those who can help and those who need and want help in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other developing countries.
Who We Are: Our Vision
A world in which people have an equal opportunity to thrive ─ empowered, independent and self-sufficient.
“Quality of life is justice, not charity.”
Who We Are: Our Values
* Belief in the potential of each other and of our partners
* Innovation and openness to change
* Treatment of each other with respect, dignity, integrity and honesty
* Listening to and respecting our partners
- For more than 35 years Rayjon Share Care has been proud to partner with communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, supporting local solutions to complex problems.
Who We Are: Our Approach
Rayjon’s approach is one of partnership. Community development projects are inspired, directed, and implemented by innovative and talented Haitians & Dominicans. They know best what the real needs of their communities are and how to solve them.
A broad range of Rayjon-supported programs located in rural St. Marc, urban Cap Haitien, Haiti, and Consuelo, Dominican Republic, have made a significant impact in raising the quality of life for the men, women and children. visit our CAUSES pages to learn more about the initiatives we support
We are grateful for the support we receive from our many volunteers, donors and partner organizations that share their talent, expertise and gifts. Our grassroots approach builds capacity and supports sustainable, community-led change in partner communities.
Rayjon hosts Awareness Trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to raise awareness about injustices faced by marginalized communities, as well as to learn more about the richness of the culture and innovative local solutions to development challenges in host regions. Project monitoring and partnership support relationship building, and the sharing of knowledge and skills between partner communities and Rayjon volunteers. Rayjon also hosts Eyeglass Trips to throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.