HAITI PROJECTS INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   8 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 31 Leonard St Gloucester MA 01930 USA

Mission: Empower a woman. Raise a family. Lift a village.
Programs: SEWING: EMBROIDERY COOPERATIVE INVOLVING WOMEN TO SEW, EMBROIDER, KNIT, CREWEL, ETC. ITEMS ARE SOLD IN HAITI AND THE U.S.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Haiti Projects is focused on what will build Haiti in the long-term. Women's empowerment has been repeatedly shown to be the smartest way to invest in development. Haiti Projects not only empowers women to build sustainable businesses but is also thinking about the whole picture. It is rare to find a nonprofit that thinks long-term yet has the immediate impact of helping so deeply.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowledge of the individuals involved. These people know Haiti and they know sustainable development.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated, and inspired.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rebuild Haiti - one woman at a time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Haiti Projects was established over 15 years ago by its founder who saw an opportunity to lift a poor rural community in Haiti out of poverty by giving women a chance to utilize their sewing skills to produce quality embroidered products for market. It has successfully created economic opportunity for these women who in turn have been able to send their children to school, seek health care and build a sense of community

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting with its Board and donor base which values its efficiency of operation; 90% of contributions go directly to the programs and product development and only 10% to administrative costs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Haiti Projects provides training and valuable skills for women. The income earned has a direct impact in the security of their lives and of their families. They also focus on helping women empower themselves to escape poverty. They focus on education as well, so overall the positive presence in the community is significant.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the impact on the lives of the women and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am inspired by Haiti Projects and the people who have invested their time, energy, and resources into helping others in such a comprehensive way. By empowering women, this organization has a impact on every part of the community, and it functions with the understanding that to be effective, comprehensive support of the economics, health, and education of the people it serves is vital. Knowing that the empowerment of women positively influences the community for generations, Haiti Projects' work has a very high return on investment, and they work tirelessly to make the most out of what they have.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working and devoted to finding a sustainable way to help people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Haiti Projects is not a charity organization but instead works to create jobs in rural Haiti so people can earn a living and support their family. The program is about empowerment through jobs and has done so much to help women be able to send their children to school. In the wake of the earthquake rural areas have been flooded with refugees and more work is needed. Help Haiti Projects rise to this challenge.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

scale its operations and employ 8,000 people, up from 80.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

HPI has successfully lifted at least 75 families out of abject poverty by establishing a women' sewing cooperative. The proceeds from marketing their exquisite embroidered goods goes back directly to these women so that they can not only support their families but also send their children to school. The cooperative, community library, micro-lending program, educational scholarships, and family planning clinic has put Fond des Blancs on the road to sustainability and prosperity. Our main concern, as with most 501C3s, is financial stability. We need to do some serious fundraising through grant writing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lifting 75 families out of abject poverty.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about the skills and resilience of these Haitians in rural Haiti. They have a real sense of pride and a work ethic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to lift the Haitian population out of poverty by teaching them skills. The model of HPI would be able to replicate itself in other rural villages. Every child would be guaranteed an education. We could afford to build a library computer center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been the Treasurer of Haiti Projects since 1996, and have known our founder, Sarah Hackett since that time. Here, in a nutshell, is what Haiti Projects has made possible for the women of Fond des Blancs and their families. 1. Discretionary income earned by the women's embroidery workers has supported family diet, education, and family planning 2. The follow on effect has changed their outlook on life and their opportunities. 3. The Family Planning Clinic offers them (and their husbands) contraceptive options and counselling. 4. The Library offers their pre-school children basic instruction, leading to the potential for schooling to follow. 5. Our educational funding projects provides the opportunity for further education. 6. Many of the women now take computer classes at the Library and through internet facility there they can gain information and access to the larger world. 7. A local credit union has recently set up a local branch for direct deposit of payroll. Within a matter of a few years, women in the village have gone from being largely illiterate and uninvolved in life beyond their immediate families, to income earners, bank account holders, internet surfers. It is an amazing transformation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my annual trips to Haiti, with my own eyes, and seen how the results have evolved over time. This is an organization that responds to basic needs, and beyond that, helps the people of one small region in Haiti become a part of the wider world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of achievement, getting to know people in Fond des Blancs, seeing a side of the world I would not have come to ordinarily, and seeing how small things can grow and make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Our General Director in Fond des Blancs is a remarkable person: a native of the village and educated in Port au Prince, he returned there after schooling to apply his energy to the improvement of life there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Even before the earthquake, Haiti Projects was providing important service to Haiti driven by their mission of empowering a woman, to raise a family, to lift a village. The family planning clinic and hospital, the library, the scholarship program and most importantly the woman's sewing cooperative, provided a means, through employment, of sustaining and lifting improverished Haitian villages. Since the earthquake, continuation and expansion of Haiti Projects is needed more than ever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a survey that showed before being employed by the woman's sewing cooperative 17% could afford to send children to school, now 100% can.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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