HAVSERVE VOLUNTEER SERVICE NETWORK (HavServe)

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

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Location: HavServe P.O. Box 4173 Silver Spring MD 20914 USA

Mission: Established in the wake of the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the HavServe Volunteer Service Network (HavServe) is a volunteer-led, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Maryland, dedicated to partnering with targeted communities in rural Haiti to rebuild and provide sustainable basic services primarily in the areas of education and youth development. Guided and inspired by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, we believe that creating conditions that ensure a successful basic education and the development of basic life skills will enable children to develop into independent, self-sufficient adults and thus improve their chances for a brighter future. By focusing our efforts on the education of each individual child, along with many of the associated needs that predict success, HavServe strives to recreate a sense of stability and possibility in their lives.
Results: ALL of HavServe’s activities are only made possible through the generous financial and in-kind donations of our volunteers and other supporters around the world. We know that volunteering benefits both society and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity, cooperation and reciprocity; and by creating opportunities for growth and self-empowerment. Volunteers experience personal and professional growth, build character and develop leadership and empathy. These are among the many reasons that we make a point of engaging youth from local Maryland communities and beyond, as volunteers. We provide local youth with mentoring, leadership development and volunteer opportunities that encourage growth and help foster a sense of global awareness and partnership with their peers in Haiti and beyond. For more information on HavServe projects, to volunteer your time, talent, ideas or to donate funds towards sustaining our projects please visit www.havserve.org. HavServe P.O. Box 4173, Silver Spring, MD 20914 info@havserve.org -- (301) 490-2368 www.havserve.org
Target demographics: Low-income children in the south of Haiti between the age of 4 to 21. Low-income women living in poverty
Direct beneficiaries per year: children, youths, women
Geographic areas served: Villages, poor communities
Programs: Sponsor a Teacher Project, Teacher Training Project, Education Outreach to low-income children, Build or repair schools, School Supplies Drive Project, Community Library Project, School and Community Gardens Project, Music Program for low-income families, Soccer, Microfinance for women, Youth Mentoring and Leadership Training

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

No Words can describe how much an individual can gain when volunteering and working for a good cause.
It was my first ever trip to Haiti and the village of Lebrun. I first heard about the program through my best friend who had previously volunteered in 2011 after the Earthquake. His stories and passion made me want to join on the next trip. Me and four good friends embraced the opportunity and I think I can speak for all of us by saying it was better than we expected.
We were very well received by all people that work with the program and also by the locals.
The House we stayed in was very safe and pleasant.
We worked at the Soccer as a tool for development program, it was hard work but definitely rewarding.
Seeing the joy in the kids and coaches faces when we were there is indescribable.
Carline Brice leads a very well developed program and she will go our of her way to make it work and to make it successful.
We took long walks, we saw great sights, waterfalls.
I can say this was one of the top experiences I have had in my life.
I strongly recommend it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I will never be able to put in words what a volunteer experience like this can do for you. For sure when you first join any organization you are certain of your desire to help others. But you cannot anticipate how the whole experience will end up helping you.
In a few words: It is a life changing experience.

In 2011 my husband and I headed to the village of Lebrun (Haiti) for the first time to help with the Soccer as Tool for Development Program, HavServe. It was a year after the Earthquake and since it had hit Haiti we knew we wanted to be able to help. When this opportunity finally came to us, we couldn’t say no…
In 2014 we were blessed enough to go back to Lebrun with a bigger team of friends to continue the work. How amazing was to see and to hear how much HavServe had done for the village in only 3 years. So many kids back to school, villagers empowered with new knowledge, so many projects taking their first steps…

People think of Haiti as being the worst place in the World. When I came back from there, both times I had friends asking me: “How is it there? Is it really bad?”. That’s the image people have in their heads. Honestly, my answer is NO. Of course, it is a very poor country and there is so much to be done… But I can also tell you that the Haitian people are the most amazing people I ever met. They are happy and loving. Their smiles fill the air. And it is for this people that we volunteer our time. It is our job to inspire them do more, be better, dream higher… to help them become the best they can be. They deserve it!

Change is made day by day. And it is happening in Lebrun (with a lot of work and help). I am proud to say I am part of this team, this family, this change.

Being able to bring smiles and hope to people is more than I could ever dream of. And being able to laugh and dream together with them is beyond any dream… I could never thank the beautiful people of Lebrun enough - You brought light to life. And my dear friend Carline Brice… I could never thank you enough for the opportunity and this whole experience. I hope you know how amazing you are. Keep up the good work! And let’s build our dream!

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Becoming a part of the Havserve Family has been the most rewarding experience ever. I was invited to join this mission by my two close friends Guga and Gua, who have previously been to the village of Lebrun, Haiti to help the Soccer as a Tool for Development program.

Going to Haiti made me realize how beautiful the world is. As soon as we stepped outside the airport we were received with the biggest most genuine smile and hug I have ever encountered from a complete stranger. This stranger welcomed us to his country with arms wide open and even with a language barrier we were able to understand it all with his smile. The house and village were very safe and welcoming. Each person in the village greeted us and smiled. The kids were amazing and so full of life. I believe thisis a great program that will grow and help keep the kids in school through their love for soccer. Carline Rice has done an incredible job educating the adults and at making sure that this program run smoothly as it is.

Being there for 5 days to me was not enough time but in that short time we made new friends, learned a bit about the culture and language and opened our eyes as to all the things we can do to help the program become even more successful. I am looking forward to planning the next trip and to continue the quest for the Dream Field for the kids of Lebrun.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I always wanted to do volunteer work, but never had the right opportunity to do so. I guess there is a right time for everything, and the trip that our group made to the beautiful village of Lebrun Haiti was the perfect time. We went there for Soccer as a tool for development. You go there thinking that you just going to help and you end up noticing that you get helped. You get to learn so much just by getting out of your comfort zone. People are great there. Amazing mountains with beautiful views. Would love to go back again to see all those smiles and feel the love from all the kids and adults from Lebrun.
We still got a long way to go. So if you think that you got enough love in your heart to share it, the people from Lebrun will be more than happy to receive all that love. And trust me this is absolutely not just about giving, you will bring back with you a life changing experience to tell everyone.
Carline Brice is the lady behind all this and I want thank you for being such an amazing person for dedicating so much for the people in Haiti awesome work with haveserv! Will always have our support!
Much Love!
Nick. ;)

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In the end of August 2014, I took a group of friends to help me with The Soccer as a Tool for Development Program in Lebrun. It was my wife's and mine 2nd trip to Lebrun with Havserve, but the 1st for my friends. It had been 3 years since my first trip.
Starting at our arrival, we were so kindly embraced by the entire village. Adults and kids welcomed our arrival and were very helpful to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
The house where we stayed was very comfortable and safe. And the food was delicious.
The volunteer work is intense. Intense in a good way, because once you get to meet the kids and the people from Lebrun you want to help as much as possible. Lebrun people are strong and the women called my attention by how hard they work.
Carline Brice and all Havserve volunteers are doing a great job with the schools. Education has improved tremendously for the people in the village.
Soccer has also made a huge impact on the lives of the little ones and also on the coaches involved. Soccer teaches important necessary values, such as team work, self-stem, sportsmanship, and sense of achievement.
The work in Lebrun is a phenomenal experience. We go in to help, but we come back feeling helped. The experience always helps me grow and at this time, with my "team" of friends, the feeling was the same among them.
I strongly recommend. God bless the kids of Lebrun and the beautiful hard work that Carline Brice has been doing!!

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HavServe is getting at the root of the problem in Lebrun, Haiti by working to educate all the children of the village to prepare them for a better, more hopeful future My role is to bring information about sustainable vegetable gardening to both the adults and the children. Havserve is an all-volunteer organization and has done an amazing job of engaging the community to help itself.

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

Can't think of anything. I think it is doing a great job as it is.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lo escribire en español. Cuando ayude a Francia a hacer el foundraising para el curso de ecoconstruccion me enamore del proyecto y me subi al barco. Antes de ir a Haiti no sabia lo que me esperaba. Trabajar en el rubro de la construccion en haiti ha sido la cosa mas dificil y desafiante a la que me he enfrentado en mi vida. Al principio el shock cultural y la barrera del idioma causaron en mi un malestar y frustracion, pero poco a poco, piti piti wazo fe nich li, empeze a vibrar al mismo ritmo del Ayiti. Conoci el pais de pies a cabeza viajando en moto, taptap y bote; a las personas que lo habitan y la comunidad de Lebrun dejo de llamarme blanco para llamarme por mi nombre: Miguel. Estuve tres meses en Lebrun donde mi vida cambio completamente y siento que hoy soy una mejor persona. Siempre que recuerdo alla pienso en las montañas y en la gente bonita del pueblo. En tomar agua de la fuente y alegrarme de caminar en tramos de camino plano, pasar por el mercado y saludar a todos. Esperare algun dia volver a ver como es que modulo todo. VAMOS FRANCIA!

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

Work harder in the communication issue. Creole is not a common lenguage and sometimes the bridge is french. The missundertandings and confusions makes more dificult to coordinate the needs of the volounteers and the activities that the project need to achive. Sometimes they are several projects running at the same time and the coordination of solving the ground problems should be listen and discuss with out involving personal issues and preferences.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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When Carline Brice, the founder of HavServe, told me over a year ago about the plight of the School in Lebrun, I told my wife about it and we decided to have a fundraiser in our own residence, so that the construction of the school could be finished. I have been involved with HavServe since and I have been sponsoring 2 teachers so that they can continue serving the kids and have a little steady income to take care of their own families. It is quite amazing to see how much the organization has accomplished and plans to accomplish with a 100% volunteer staff. Every penny goes to helping and that is why the work is so rewarding! There is so much to do, yet so much to be satisfied about: education, the kids learning; the gardening project; the computer lab; the environment, the food program for the kids etc etc. All this requiring more financial help and most important, help that will not go to waste or end up in someone's pocket. That is HavServe Volunteer Service Network!

Serge

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2014

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I traveled to Haiti last Thanksgiving and witnessed firsthand the great work that HavServe is doing in Lebrun. I was there only three full days but was able to visit every classroom in the area and meet the teachers sponsored by HavServe. I met their students. I sat in a meeting with the women that participate in the HavServe microfinance program. I led three computer workshops. I even attended a soccer match. All organized by HavServe.

If you are thinking about contributing and volunteering, I can attest to the fact that HavServe makes every cent count and every sweat drop worth your effort. My trip was exhausting but truly fulfilling and I would do it again anytime, every time I can.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so check my trip pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106058294908808591922/albums/5953351274928553265?authkey=CLCBgabx4ouZlAE

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?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I researched donors and wrote proposals for in-kind donations to be distributed in Lebrun, Haiti, with HavServe Volunteer Service Network which is based in the United States.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2013

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