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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health, International, International Development, Public Health

Mission: The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities living in the greater Jérémie region through healthcare, education and community development.

Target demographics: health and well-being of women, children, families, and communities living in the greater Jérémie region

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 250,000

Geographic areas served: Rural southwestern Haiti

Programs: healthcare, education, and community development.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Linda162

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Carolyn40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Haitiian Health Foundation has been in my heart since my first trip to their clinic in Jeremie Haiti in 1999. A small group of us continue to work to help HHF with their mission for the poor of Jeremie. We personally see what a difference they make and the progress that has occured in Jeremie Haiti because of their presence there. Any money that goes to HHF is used for the good of the poor. They are committed to the people they serve and you too can help by supporting their Foundation.

Stephanie72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible! I had the honor of traveling to Jeremie with Dr. Lowney, Marilyn and a few other wonderful people. They have given their lives to better the people of Haiti and their enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication and level of care are truly unparalleled. I recently started sponsoring a family of five for $25/month. Every single penny, (YES!!) goes to the family. The village votes on the family most in need of the sponsorship. There are a few families nominated, based on their size, illness, need, etc and then their peers choose the family they think is best to receive the aid. I can't think of a better way to run such a program! I've had the chance to see first hand the effect this organization has had on over 200,000 lives in Jeremie and surround villages.. it's heart-warming, incredible and inspirational.

Phil10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is the REAL DEAL. This is where you can be SURE that your donations will be well spent. Hardly any overhead, almost all of the money you donate goes directly to helping the poor of Jeremie, Haiti. I have traveled to Jeremie about 12 times and have seen firsthand the good that is done through the Haitian Health Foundation. It is by far the largest employer of Haitians for the surrounding 75 miles and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands through education, healthcare, construction, effort, and love.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Haitian Health Foundation since 1996. I started sponsoring a $25/month Save-a-Family and then began to learn more about this outreach to the people of the Jeremie, Haiti area. The more i learned, the more impressed i became. They have an overhead of around 8 percent (the Save-a-Family program has zero overhead because it is run by volunteers here and in Haiti). HHF keeps receiving the highest designation (4 stars) from a charity watchdog, Charity Navigator. They invite sincere people to accompany them on their quarterly visits to Haiti and I was able to go in 2006 and actually meet the family that I had been sponsoring for ten years at that point. They were the same people that had been in the picture given to me when I first signed up. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I now volunteer about 3 days a week to help maintain their database. I know firsthand that my donations are prudently used.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped to load their quarterly containers with food, medicine and building supplies for Haiti for many years and I am so impressed with the staff at the Haitian Health Foundation in Norwich, CT. Their care and concern for the poor of Haiti is genuine and what they have accomplished in 25 years in Haiti is amazing. Their facilities in Jeremie, Haiti employ 170 people, mostly Haitians, and they see hundreds of people a day both in the clinic and in the villages that they visit because they are a distance away. Their progress record in treating illnesses is very impressive -- all documented. I am privileged to be able to help in a small way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the Haitian Health Foundation in the headquarters in Norwich. HHF is an amazing organization. In Feburary of 2011 I had the opportunity to go to Haiti and see HHF in action first hand. I was amazed by just how much HHF really does. It seemed that HHF was everywhere I looked, and all of the local people had many praises for HHF and "Doctor Jerry".