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Dave Stephen

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Review for Kids Connection Haiti Inc, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Kids Connection Haiti has grown a great deal over the last year or so. With the addition of a social worker, program participants now receive support, strategies and tools to help with their social and emotional challenges. Often growing up without a family or other support network, these students really need this. The social worker will also host life skills workshops and give one-on-one job-seeking help to those students who are about to graduate. KCH isn't in the business of simply providing funding for education. KCH is in the business of getting program participants gainfully employed and ensuring they're well-rounded, contributing members of their society. Without need for an office or vehicle and with the flexibility to send students to whatever school or institution will help them the most, KCH is changing the lives of the next generation in Haiti. This formula really works.

Role:  Board Member

Review for Kids Connection Haiti Inc, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The efforts of everyone involved at Kids Connection Haiti, especially the students themselves, inspire me each day to do more myself each day. I've been involved with KCH since just after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Since then, I've seen volunteers give their heart and sole in Haiti to advance our programs in very difficult working and living conditions. I've seen others volunteering in the United States and Canada also giving their time, money and energy to a cause that has earned their respect. The students themselves overcome great adversity each day just getting to and from school in the heat and the dust and studying in their noisy and often dark neighbourhoods.

These people inspire me to keep giving myself. Many agencies and organizations offer help to the children of Haiti but KCH offers economic self-sufficiency to young adults – those who can make an immediate and real impact on the lives of their entire family in the very short term. The KCH formula shows results quickly and impacts an entire community of family and friends. When one person in a community secures employment, the entire community benefits almost immediately. I'm proud to be part of it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member