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April 14, 2010
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April 14, 2010
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This organization is one of the most effective charities serving the people of Haiti. Fully 97% of donations go directly to education, healthcare and community service projects in Northeast Haiti. They are currently serving earthquake victim families in the school and medical clinic. COCINA and its partner programs have received significant recognition. Hugues Bastien, the founder and on-site director of the Haiti projects, was nominated for the 2009 Conrad Hilton International Humanitarian prize. The school - Institution Univers - was named a Top Ten School by the Haitian Ministry of Education for its outstanding student scores on national education exams.

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

The lives of children and families, mostly extremely poor people,who now have hope for the future because of a good education and medical services.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the public relations and marketing efforts, to make the organization better known. Currently they are focusing very strongly on serving Haiti, while promoting the organization takes a lower priority.

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

This is a unique national all-volunteer network, whose board of directors have excellent business and professional skills. The board and volunteers come from states ranging from Maine to Colorado.

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

Extremely dedicated people. All of the board members donate to the organization,and nearly all have been on more than 1 service trip to Haiti. Huques Bastien, the founder,left a promising career in the U.S.to serve in his native land.

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

Greatly expand vocational education programs that teach practical skills to the Haitian people that they will need for the nation's recovery.

Ways to make it better...

I had been to Haiti to view the programs on-site. I am hoping to do this in 2011.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of name recognition, compared to larger agencies such as CARE and World Vision. This makes fundraising more difficult. COCINA is actually more cost-effective than these organizations because of its volunteer network and low overhead.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have worked with more than 25 nonprofit organizations as a consultant and advisor. COCINA is one of the most effective and dedicated organizations that I have served.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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