Following Haiti's earthquake in 2010, several organizations in the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) responded with disaster relief and gospel outreach to a dozen orphanages. Lutheran elementary schools were established at three of these orphanages. In 2015, responsibility for ongoing operations of the schools was transferred to Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti, Inc. (Branch Schools), a non-profit organization. The group has funded the schools since October 2015 and is committed to faithfully continuing and expanding the work in Haiti.
Today, Branch Schools funds three Lutheran elementary schools based in orphanages in the Port-au-Prince area, one Lutheran middle school in Pilate, and one Lutheran preschool + kindergarten in Les Palmes. These schools provide education to orphans and other underserved children in Haiti. In just five years, Branch Schools has grown from 117 students to over 1,100 students!