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June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

the growth of the organization from a small clinic to a multi-facility operation consisting of medical care, eye care, a hospital, a school, Akamil food processing plants, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them some of the money that was donated for earthquake relief last year and is sitting in the coffers of larger organizations that have not achieved anywhere near the results that the Haitian Health Foundation has been able to achieve in the past year.

June 17, 2011

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June 17, 2011

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".

The Great!

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

my trip to Haiti

Ways to make it better...

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

work more on getting the word out about HHF on a larger scale.

May 18, 2011

For the holidays this year, we decided to get a goat, through the HHF in honor of all the kids in our family. Every year we try to do something to both honor the kids & to help them realize that there are so many people out there who are less fortunate than they are who are in need of more than toys & candy & cakes for the holidays. HHF sent us a picture of the goat that we donated, along with the family who received it. That message really hit home for the kids- more so than years past when we donated to larger organizations where the money was, I'm sure appreciated, but its use was never clearly defined. My children & their cousins still talk about that goat & that family & the Haitian Health Foundation & if they can do more to help. My kids personally have given me small contributions for this year's "holiday goat" as they are calling it now they want to help too. It's a lovely thing to see your children understand charity & to make a connection with a world that is bigger than they are. HHF really helps bridge the gap between the help they are providing and where your donations dollars are going. For my children to see the smile on a face and know that they were able to help someone, forces them to look at the global community and not just at the houses down the street.

I do also volunteer with the HHF- helping with some of their social media- but it's nice to see

The Great!

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

being able to relay information via Twitter after the earthquake & after a recent small tsunami. Information is slow & yet, there are always people who are willing to make the connections and get involved.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to get the word out more about them. They are so instrumental to promoting health & well-being in Haiti on a constant basis, not just during a crisis.

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