- Ira Jackson, Dean of the Drucker School of Management, Claremont College
The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation was created in the wake of the
January 2010 earthquake through a collaboration between Jim and Karen Ansara, The Boston Foundation, the Haitian Diaspora community in Boston, and many other donors from Greater Boston and beyond. With guidance from Haitian American leaders, the Fund is supporting reconstruction in Haiti through 2014 in the areas of rural livelihoods and agriculture, education and vocational training, and human rights. The Fund also supports the Haitian American community in Boston — the third largest in the US — with organizational capacity building.
Billy Shore, CEO of Share Our Strength, addresses supporters of the Haiti Fund in Boston on the first anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. Photo credit: The Boston Foundation
In 2008 Karen Ansara co-founded New England International Donors with John Harvey and a steering committee of Boston area international funders. Donors, grantmakers and social investors learn from each other and experts in the field how to be more engaged and effective. NEID is a project of the Center for Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston.
New England International Donors networking event at an Ethiopian restaurant in Cambridge, MA. Photo credit: Amy Ellsworth, The Philanthropic Initiative
We, along with thousands of others in the US, are committed to volunteering. We’ve built a hospital in Haiti for Partners In Health and helped build wells and latrines in Nicaragua with El Porvenir. We and our children feel privileged to be part of the community of Americans who give whatever it takes to change the world.
Karen gets help mixing concrete to build a hand washing station in Nicaragua with El Porvenir. Photo credit: Patty Hall, H2O for Life – www.h2oforlifeschools.org
Some of the greatest minds and grandest visions come from New England. Supporting some of the region’s 150 international organizations and research centers fuels the areas knowledge economy and stimulates its cosmopolitan culture, while solving critical global problems through partnerships abroad. To learn more about Boston’s international development community, visit Boston Network for International Development.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the National Teaching Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Photo Credit: Partners in Health, Boston and Haiti