This new hospital brings to bear all that Partners In Health and its Haitian sister organization Zanmi Lasante have learned over the past 25 years about effective health care delivery in Haiti. The hospital provides a dignified setting for patients, while training Haiti’s next generation of doctors, nurses and medical workers alongside health care workers from around the world. The hospital provides primary health care services to 185,000 people a year, as many as 700 people a day.
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The Regis Haiti Nursing Project in collaboration with Partners in Health will provide advanced degrees to Haitian nursing faculty via a three-year educational exchange. With classes at Regis College near Boston, on-line education, and classes in Haiti taught by Regis nursing professors, a new top-tier of Haitian nursing faculty will be trained to educate Haitian nurses throughout the island. The Regis project helps to fill the gap left when the major nursing academy at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince was destroyed.
Photo Credit: Regis College, Boston, MA
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, and many other Boston Area donors. The mission of the fund is to provide support to human rights and reconstruction efforts in Haiti over the long-term, and to provoke systemic change in the areas of education, long-term shelter, and rural livelihoods. The Advisory Council and Grantmaking Committees of The Haiti Fund are comprised of Haitian-American leaders from the extensive Haitian Diaspora community in Boston alongside friends of Haiti.
Photo Credit: ActionAid Haiti
Extreme poverty leads rural Haitian parents to send their children to live with acquaintances in the city with the promise of a better future. In most cases, these children become indentured servants, working from dawn to dusk, never attending school, often suffering abuse. Using picture books, Beyond Borders fosters community dialogues to bring this practice to light, to make such abuse of children unacceptable, and to make appropriate education accessible to all 200,000 of them.
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EDEM Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an environment of mentoring, learning, and support services for the incubation and growth of successful enterprises and institutions that will create and sustain jobs in communities in Haiti by leveraging the unique resources of the region. EDEM focuses especially on the southern island of Ile a Vache and in coastal communities in Haiti’s South Department. Edem is Haitian Kreyol for “Help Me.”
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In collaboration with the highly successful agricultural and vocational high school run by Fundacion Paraguaya and its international network of schools termed Teach-a-Man-to-Fish, a team of Haitian American leaders and five Haitian students are laying the groundwork to establish a rural school for youth entrepreneurs in Haiti. At the Paraguayan school founded by world-renowned educator, Martin Burt, they will learn how to develop small enterprises to spur economic development in their Haitian communities, including vegetable farms, poultry and goat farms, plus retail and tourism-related businesses. When a similar school is established in Haiti, it will be tuition-free, sustained by the profits of these student-run enterprises, and a model for relevant, viable secondary education for rural Haiti.
Poultry Enterprise run by students of Fundacion ParaguayaPhoto Credit: Joel Theodat
Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. The Ansara Family Fund’s grant supported Fair Trade USA’s certification of over 8,000 Haitian mango farmers in 2013, up from 1,200 farmers in 2012. In 2013 over 1650 certified mango farmers sold their crops to buyers in the US at substantially higher prices than they could achieve in local markets. Whole Foods market, for example, purchased over 1,000,000 Haitian fair trade mangos in 2013, doubling their purchases from the prior year. The goal for 2014 is to double again.
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Grassroots International works around the world to help small farmers, indigenous peoples, and women win their human rights to land, water, and food. The organization supports community-led initiatives and movements worldwide, with special focus in Brazil, Haiti, Mesoamerica and the Middle East. Partnering with global networks like the Via Campesina, which includes more than 250 million small farmers and farm workers organizing in 71 nations, Grassroots International advocates for justice and fairness, particularly as they impact trade, climate and food/agriculture policies.
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For more than eighteen years, Haiti Projects has been working to develop economic stability in the remote region of Fond des Blancs, Haiti. Haiti Projects established the Artisanat Cooperative to bring the embroidery skills of local women to a global market. The Cooperative employs 100 women who produce heirloom-quality handmade nightgowns, house linens, and gift items. Haiti Projects also supports a women’s health clinic, a community library and education center. With a grant from the Ansara Family Fund, Haiti Projects will hire a Coordinator in Haiti to oversee the development of a master plan that includes a water treatment facility, infrastructure for transportation and digital technology – essential ingredients for the efficient marketing of their magnificent handiwork.
Photo Credit: Haiti Projects, Inc.
IJDH works with grassroots groups in Haiti to help develop an effective human rights advocacy program with global outreach. The organization gathers information on human rights violations in Haiti and shines a spotlight on human rights abusers. It also helps victims of human rights violations pursue cases in national and international courts, most recently calling to account the UN in its role bringing cholera to Haiti, resulting in the deaths of 8,897 people.
Photo Credit: Bryn Mooser and David Darg
A large global NGO that helps revitalize countries after disasters and conflicts, Mercy Corps knows that for the Haitian economy to grow, it must develop its own businesses rather than rely on foreign companies to set up shop. Mercy Corps recently launched mobile phone banking in Haiti and now offers MicroMentor, a program matching Haitian American entrepreneurs as long-distance mentors to 100 Haitian small business operators in the Central Plateau. MicroMentor assesses their business needs and facilitates training.
Photo Credit: Mercy Corps MicroMentor Program
In many parts of the world indigenous philanthropy is being nurtured through emerging community foundations. With planning support from ESPWA and guided by a Haitian American staff, board, and international advisory committee, a distinctively Haitian-led model for a community foundation is taking shape. Geared to attract contributions from Haitians as well as international funders, the foundation will focus on the long-term development of Haiti’s civil society and offer a comprehensive range of resources to strengthen Haitian-led organizations including grants and leadership and capacity building workshops.
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With $1.3 billion disbursed in humanitarian and recovery assistance and $1.7 billion pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction, the U.S. was the largest donor of emergency aid and made the third largest commitment of reconstruction funds after the earthquake. How much of this aid has actually flowed and has it served the priorities of the poor? Oxfam America, through its Aid Effectiveness division, is training Haitian civil society organizations to track U.S. Government aid to Haiti. With accurate data Oxfam will support Haitian citizens and the Haitian Diaspora in advocating for their priorities before the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Haiti and lawmakers in Washington, DC. A grant from the Ansara Family Fund supports a junior policy person, who works with Haitian civil society organizations to press the U.S. Government.
Photo Credit: Toby Adamson / Oxfam America
Prosperity Catalyst’s work in Haiti provides the tools, training and community for women to thrive as skilled entrepreneurs and leaders. Prosperity Catalyst’s women entrepreneurs build independent, scalable and sustainable businesses through technical and business training, enhanced life skills, production of high quality products and access to viable distribution markets.
Photo Credit: Siiri Morley
Partners In Development strives to help the extreme poor attain independence and whole life improvement. The organization combines a variety of programs to achieve community transformation in places where hope is often lost in the cycle of poverty, particularly the neediest regions of the Caribbean and Central America. Through child sponsorships, small business loans, housing opportunities, and medical care Partners in Development’s goal is to transform communities so they can be self-sufficient.
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Haiti Partners is a network of educators, church and community leaders, and development professionals with decades of in-country experience in Haiti committed to helping Haitians change Haiti through education. Working with schools, churches and other organizations to transform communities, Haiti Partners advocates for justice, respectful partnerships, and a commitment to truth.
Photo Credit: Haiti Partners, Joel Geertsma
Chances for Children provides hope for children in Haiti through programs aimed at improving the lives of orphaned children. The organization believes that the answer to Haiti’s orphan epidemic is not just adoptions. Chances for Children works with a number of different localized groups within Haiti to proactively address Haiti’s orphan challenge with a variety of programs: education, orphan care and strengthening communities.
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In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, UNICEF and its partners have taken a two-pronged approach: helping parents care for their children while also ensuring that existing residential centers are properly monitored and assisted. UNICEF believes that wherever possible, children should remain with their families or in family-based care. But children who cannot be raised by their families should have access to an appropriate alternative-care environment with conditions that are individualized to each child’s needs.
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Other Worlds Are Possible is a women-driven education and movement-building collaborative. The organization brings to light political, economic, social, and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and helps citizens throughout the Americas open new pathways to adapt and replicate them. In the U.S. Other Worlds seeks to strengthen existing efforts for economic justice, environmentally sound systems, and meaningful democracy.
Photo Credit: Ben Depp, www.bendepp.com
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation strives to improve life for the poor of Haiti by facilitating access to quality, affordable health care, educational opportunities and community development programs. The St. Boniface hospital and clinic, for example, provide prenatal care for thousands of pregnant women. Doctors help to safely deliver babies in clean operating rooms, and community health nurses vaccinate children against diseases like polio and diphtheria.
Photo Credit: Terry Sebastian
Grantees represent a sampling of those over two years.