Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 97 Sherman Street Norwich CT 06360 USA

Mission: The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation is to improve the health and well being of the poor, the sick, and the infirm of the greater Jeremie area. This is accomplished through:- A secondary care outpatient clinic;- A Public Health outreach program;- Nutritional Rehabilitation services;- Safe motherhood services;- Community Development programs;- Self-help programs which advance family and community self-sufficiency;- Responding to emergencies and crises with humanitarian relief and;- Programs to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Haitians and the international community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 230,000
Geographic areas served: Rural southwestern Haiti

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been very happy with the results of our donations to HHF. We also supported our daughter to travel to Haiti to volunteer with HHF and she was personally very deeply affected by the attention and care that accompanies all the efforts on the ground in Haiti, by especially employing so many Haitian nationals in the work.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

HHF does great work. Glad to be a small part in what they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The efforts of the Haitian Health Foundation are remarkable. Their work in Haiti and there mobilization of community resources in Southeastern Connecticut have made a significant difference in the lives of Haitians and those here who support them. So much is done with grace and quiet commitment. The staff are careful stewards of the funds donated, and the Foundation's publication indicate what has been done with donations in a personal way. We are in their debt.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family have had the privaledge of serving our underserved neighbors in Haiti through the Haitian Health Foundation by being volunteers and donors. Having gone on a mission trip myself with HHF, I was able to experience first hand how well this charity is run in distributing donations to those in such great need. I had the pleasure of meeting in one of the villages served, one of the families who received a Happy House in place of their previous hovel. The gratitude is real and the step up in quality of life is, undeniably for some, a factor in survival. There is follow up when a donation is made for a specific need, such as a Happy House, or a goat, etc comes in the form of an actual picture of the family helped at their new dwelling or with their newly given livestock, so one knows that the money has gone perfectly as directed in their gift (I have heard of some folks going on a mission trip and having the opportunity to meet the family in person!). Attending a container packing event closer to home, one sees how a variety of needs is met by the diversity of food, clothing, building materials, etc. going into the sea-going containers. The work is never-ending, and the dedication of the staff in Haiti and in the states is unwavering and with the large effort of many volunteers added is a beautiful sight to behold.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered from time to time for this organization while I lived in CT. I have rarely seen such dedicated and honest people who cared so deeply for the cause they worked for. I know my time & donations that I gave to HHF directly benefited the people of Haiti and that I helped a wonderful organization and as small as my gifts were, that they were appreciated.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

You will not find a nonprofit run by more dedicated people anywhere. HHF's volunteers and staff in the US and Haiti are absolutely dedicated to easing suffering and giving people a much needed hand up in the poorest country in our hemisphere. The range of programs is staggering, from health care to home building to goat gifts. And all done on a relatively small budget with very low overhead.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

HHF is a family-run non-profit and I have known the family for over twenty years. They are completely dedicated to Haiti and the cause of bringing excellent health care to a part of Haiti that has almost no other health facilities or trained medical personnel. The main clinic in Jeremie, Haiti is the center of the foundation's programs but over the years the work has expanded to address other vital needs like housing, health and nutrition classes, and specialized care for expectant mothers. Programs like the goat program help Haitian families generate their own income. The health agent program trains (and employs) Haitians to treat basic medical needs and offer preventative medicine in villages far from Jeremie. From the beginning, HHF has had nuns running the administrative aspects of the clinic in Haiti -- although religion has nothing to do with the services they offer in Haiti. So the nuns live in the clinic in Haiti, are part of the local community, and are known for being completely honest in financial dealings. The entire HHF operation in Connecticut is no-frills and you can see in one visit that they run things frugally and put every penny of donated funds to work in Haiti. Dozens of volunteers from the US (including both trained doctors and nurses and non-medical people) visit the clinic each year for a week at a time to help out -- so you can go see their amazing work on the ground in Haiti for yourself, You may have to wait though -- they are often booked for several trips in advance. Imagine a charity where people will wait eagerly for months or years to volunteer!

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

The trip to Haiti that I took with HHF gave me a chance to see their work in person -- and also to see the abject poverty that most Haitians are living in. It was an amazing experience and it was so obvious what a beacon of hope the clinic is for so many people in Jeremie and beyond.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I truly can't think of anything. HHF is the kind of charity that truly appreciates its volunteers and donors and does incredible work in a place where the basic needs of the people are overwhelming.

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Nothing, just my experience with HHF in Connecticut.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I donate on a regular basis but also try to give extra money when there is a special need --like after the big earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is grassroots charity at its best. Their outreach to donors and volunteers in the US includes personal effort by the people who run HHF. The services and programs offered in Haiti address specific local needs. HHF has always been focused on the long haul in Haiti and has never been a fly-by-night operation.

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

HHF is the best. Unbelievalbe work; always puts people first. Best value for your donation. I have seen first hand the effects of donations. HHF is making a huge difference in Jermie Haiti and surrounding areas, one life at a time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Haitian Health Foundation is a beautiful gift to the people of Haiti run by angels on earth!

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is great! I do a good amount of volunteer work in a vast number of fields from Habitat to Healthcare. This organization I can say by far is the one I have most enjoyed. Unfortunately the headquarters are very far from me here in New Orleans so fundraising efforts have been left to my own organization. I have been working with the fine people in this organization for the past 6 years and have to say that this is a perfect example of a non-profit with a focused mission, it gets messy out there with other non-profits when you don't know what your money or efforts are really going towards. My group will be hosting benefit concerts for the holiday season in Portsmouth NH starting on the 23rd and every Sunday Jan 6th. If you are in the area please join us! We are also planning a mission trip for the summer of 2013. For more information on the NH chapter contact me at: boukmancoq@gmail.com We will also be doing supplies runs to Connecticut December 31st.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, who helped with many of the fund raisers in the past, it was good to see exactly where and how the money raised was used in taking the trips with the group that I did. I journeyed to Jeremie 3 times and each time was very inspirational and memorable. Sister Mary Ann Berard, who is the administrator of the medical clinic in Jeremie, is a prime example of Christ's love for all the people of the world. When I personally go there and see Sr. Mary Ann's hard work and dedication to the Lord, to HHF and to the many Haitians that she encounters each day, greatly inspires me. God Bless Sr. Mary Ann and all the many staff and volunteers that make the Haitian Health Foundation work so well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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