2023 Year End Report

Hope Rising: Building Sustainable Futures in Haiti

In Haiti, despite challenging conditions, during 2023 we achieved meaningful, tangible results. Families are housed, children are educated, family food and income is improved and basic medical care is provided.

We continue our commitment to provide many families with new homes lifting them from conditions of desperate poverty to a new place of security and opportunity.

Additionally, we invest within the communities where these homes are built by training and supporting the engagement of local leadership in developing projects to advance living conditions for everyone. This includes focusing on sustainable food sources, supporting income generation, education, and addressing medical needs.

Our approach is deeply rooted in community involvement, and we gauge our success by the positive impact on individual families’ lives. This community-based strategy is at the heart of our efforts, driving us to incrementally, year after year, create lasting change in Haiti. It is how we make real our motto, “Hope – One Village at a Time” 

Homes For Destitute Families

New Homes for Families

A New Beginning for 20 Families

More Haitians families now enjoy the safety, security and dignity of a new home. Their lives have been changed forever. These homes were the last in our largest project Holy Family Friendship Village (in Pistere Haiti). Over the last four years we have provided homes for 210 desperately poor families in this community.

Homes under construction

New Hope for 35 Families

Construction began on 35 more homes in St. Joseph Village in Acul-Samedi. This is part of a two stage project that will provide housing for 75 families in great need.

Safe Water and Sanitation

Cholera Intervention

During spring, a cholera outbreak in Acul Samedi and nearby areas caused seven fatalities. With permanent water filtration facilities over a year away, we partnered with Water with Blessings. Together, we trained 135 “Water Women” in using a bucket-based filtering system to serve their families and three others. This interim solution ensures safe water for all households in the Acul-Samedi area until permanent facilities are in place.

Water and Sanitation

  • In Pistere, 20 families now have indoor sanitation facilities in their new homes, with 35 more families in Acul Samedi set to receive similar amenities soon. Additionally, 20 Pistere families were equipped with new rainwater capture systems integrated into their homes. Another 35 families will receive these systems as part of Phase I of St. Joseph Village in Acul Samedi.

 

  • Our vigilant monitoring of water projects enabled a quick response to a water crisis in Dumas. The well pump there was taking an entire day to fill the reservoir, causing long waits for potable water. Our timely intervention brought a swift resolution to this problem.

Improvements to Food Security

Goat Project Milestone

The goat project in Dumas, located in Pope Francis Friendship Village, achieved a significant milestone. Families who initially received a goat successfully bred them and passed on an offspring to another family that had not yet received a goat. This initiative fosters a cycle of giving and community support, enhancing the project’s sustainability and impact.

Livestock Improvements

The animal park in Viard, crucial for safeguarding community livestock, became perilously muddy during the rainy season. Through a joint effort by the local leadership committee, Hope for Haitians, and Viard community members, the facility was rehabilitated. It now effectively protects the animals again.

Delivery of fruit trees

Fostering Self-Sufficiency Through Tree Planting

Guided by a skilled trainer, families in two villages planted 420 fruit trees, including Mango, Limon, and Cherry, around their homes. This initiative aims to bolster food security for families in the community.

Participating families received training on planting and nurturing these trees. The goal is to enhance food accessibility and empower individuals and communities through sustainable agricultural practices.

Cassava Processing Upgrades

The cassava processing and bakery facility in Pistere was restored to working order allowing local farmers to process their manyok and make cassava bread. This value add-on allows producers and the community to make a greater profit from food stuffs raised within the community. It also provides a lower cost food for local consumption.

Chicken Project Restored

The recently trained Leadership Council in Savanna Carrie (Love Friendship Village) launched a pilot project to revive their chicken enterprise, originally started in 2013. The original initiative faced a setback when avian flu decimated their stock, and a lack of funds prevented restocking.

Leadership training helped them develop better systems for planning and accounting. Implementing those systems will help them be more resilient when encountering a setback and less dependent on external intervention. Currently, they are successfully raising their second batch of chicks.

Leadership and Economic Development

Leadership Development Conference

We organized our second Leadership Conference, gathering over 50 volunteer leaders from eight communities. These leaders represent 80% of the families assisted by Hope for Haitians (HFH) since 2001.

The conference offered discussions and training in community development, finance, leadership, project management, and individual rights. It featured expert speakers and interactive sessions, underlining our dedication to local involvement in tackling issues. This event exemplifies our philosophy of providing a hand up, not just handouts.

Womens Microloans

24 women underwent business training and subsequently implemented projects using microloans, demonstrating real-world application of their skills. These successful ventures led to full repayment of the initial loans, qualifying them for larger loans to enhance their endeavors. Microloans have empowered these women by enabling disciplined management of inventory and finances, as well as focused effort. They are now poised to embark on more substantial projects with 18-month term loans.

Education and Vocational Training

Vocational Training

We sponsored a six-week vocational training program for 50 adults and young adults from three villages, focusing on plumbing and cosmetology. This training is beneficial in various ways. Plumbing skills, while not always leading to full employment, enable more residents to maintain essential systems within their villages. Cosmetology, on the other hand, opens up opportunities for villagers to provide services to those in Haiti with discretionary income, thus helping them earn money for their families. Both areas contribute to skill development and economic empowerment in the community.

Haitian School Children

Education Support

The Fun Bun Run 5K for Education raised funds that provided scholarships for 265 students in 27 school across eight villages.

These scholarships are typically partial, designed to bridge the gap between what parents can afford and the total tuition required. Our approach is to support, not replace, the efforts of parents in educating their children, thus enhancing their involvement without taking over their responsibility.

Medical Services

Weekly Clinics

The weekly medical clinic in Pope Francis Friendship Village in Dumas completed its third year of meeting basic healthcare needs for hundreds of people each week

The weekly medical clinic in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Village in Garde Saline serve hundreds of people each week.

Volunteer Doctors and Nurses

The success of our mobile clinics is largely due to the local Haitian doctors and nurses who volunteer their time and skills. In partnership with these dedicated volunteers, we provide funds for medicines, transportation, food, and supplies, while they contribute their expertise and effort.

Mobile Clinics

Hope for Haitians sponsored mobile clinics based at community centers in four of our villages lacking access to healthcare. These clinics, held quarterly, offer basic medical care to individuals who may have never previously consulted a physician.