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March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

I first heard about Moun Pou Moun Haiti through a friend highly involved in social jusice work. The organization seemed nice enough, so I was a casual donor for a while. By 2009, the organization's Executive Director, Christen Parker, invited me and my socially-conscious friend to travel to Haiti with her to chronicle the progress of MPM Haiti programs. The group that I travelled with to Haiti in 2009 saw the good that's done firsthand, and we have since established a more formal Board of Directors. I am currently the Communications Director, and am highly involved in the coordination of philanthropic aid to deserving Haitian individuals and families.

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

personally meeting students sponsored by MPM Haiti programs, personally meeting a small business owner who got her start through a microcredit loan through MPM Haiti, and continuing to keep in touch with our In-Country Coordinator and his family members.

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

ensure that it achieved its 501(c)(3) status.

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

knowing firsthand that we're making a significant difference in the lives of impoverished Haitians who would have no other means of sustaining themselves and their families.

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

the most dedicated individuals who are constantly thinking of new ways to empower the helpless in the poorest country in the Wester Hempisphere.

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

establish a community of entrepreneurs who will eventually be able to sustain support of their own families all by themselves as soon as that $10M ran dry.

Ways to make it better...

MPM Haiti had sufficient funding to physically construct homes while I was down in Haiti.

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

lack of funding and awareness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I am the co-founder of Moun Pou Moun Haiti. Moun Pou Moun means "people for people" and "person by person" in Haitian Kreyol. We started this organization 5 years ago as a way to foster relationships formed in Haiti during a 10-week international rotation I had in my 4th year of medical school. Over the years our group has sponsored on average about 25 children and adults in school, built a home for a needy family, and provided food and financial relief for our families when it was needed. More recently, we've dispensed 2 microcredit loans with the intent to build a microcredit community in support of more loans. We spent a week in Port au Prince shortly after the earthquake at the UN hospital provided medical relief. We hope to be instrumental in obtaining prosthetics for amputees. We're busy! And, we're proud to say that 100% of donations go to Haiti for work there. Our Haiti coordinator, Samuel (a Haitian), has proven to be honorable, hard working, and an impeccable steward of our funds. He oversees our work there and serves as guide for future projects. We hope to get him a visa to come to the US to raise awareness of Haiti and our work together. Please visit our website www.mpmhaiti.org - and feel free to find our emails there to ask questions or provide feedback. We'd enjoy hearing from you! And, if you're impressed by what you see, we'd appreciate your donations, as well. Sincerely, Rodney Yarnal, MD Co-founder and Board Member Moun Pou Moun Haiti

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

We're working toward sustainable work in Haiti. If we had a large sum of money, we would ramp up our microcredit project for sure. We're interested in building a library/meeting area where a prime consideration would be literacy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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