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Center of Hope Haiti Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: To foster livelihood and hope for the future of orphaned children of Haiti by providing shelter,education, nutrition, emotinal security, healthcare and life skills to the children and their caregivers in Hinche, Haiti.

Target demographics: develop and operate an orphanage and school.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30 children receive an education and employed 15 people in the community

Geographic areas served: Hinche, Haiti

Programs: a home to orphaned children and an education for the poorest of the poor who would not otherwise receive an education.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time donor of large organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, I have been dedicating volunteer hours and raising funds for nonprofits for almost 10 years. Over the past few years I have grown closer to a smaller organization, Center of Hope, Haiti, established by warm hearted individuals to alter Haiti for the better, one change at a time. Wanting to continue to volunteer and contribute donations, my philanthropic focus has been on helping create awareness for this nonprofit making it clearer of my personal impact.
Center of Hope, Haiti has changed the lives of many to this point but we hope the lives it’s impacted will soon help spread more awareness that there will always be opportunities to improve the future of Haiti. Several years after the horrific earthquake in Haiti in 2010 that changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, much of the public spotlight has come to a halt. Almost four years later, there are still improvements that need to be made, roads to be repaired, houses to be rebuilt, and children to be schooled. It is with my pleasure that I hope to continue to raise awareness and continue to help make a difference through this great organization. Not only have I impacted the lives of the people of Haiti but my own life has been impacted for the better as well. Won’t you join in our fight for a brighter future in Haiti?

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been a proud donor of The Center Of Hope (Haiti) for about 5 years now, and will continue to support. To see the children learning is uplifting!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So very much has been accomplished in Hiati thru the works of Center of Hope (Haiti), and so very much yet needs to be accomplished. This non-profit has employed local people to construct a beautiful orphanage complex in central Haiti, and is in its third year of educating children in its primary school. The orphanage has opened its doors to orphaned children this Fall, an achievement that the board has worked hard to organize and fund. The teachers and caregivers are carefully selected and provide the children a great place to learn and live.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been deeply awakened by my experiences in Haiti and seeing the terrible poverty, hunger, unemployment and need for help on such a large scale. The mission and people of Center of Hope (Haiti) have taught me very much in caring, sharing and working hard to help others in Haiti. My dream is to see the children we serve to grow up to be good leaders and servants of a new and wonderful Haiti.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Center of Hope Haiti is a highly motivated organization with professional competent members working to fulfill their mission of helping children in Haiti. Every dollar spent is scrutinized to ensure the "biggest bang for the buck" is achieved. Volunteers are truly dedicated individuals.

Advisor

Rating: 5

"How long? Not long" is an oft quoted phrase of Dr. Martin Luther King. It is appropriate for the work of Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc. Beginning with a "dream" of a better future for the children of Haiti, COHH, over a 10-year period, has brought a dream into reality in Hinche and now sits on the precipice of changing the lives of over 40 children and the surrounding community. Jobs have been created from suppliers to teachers to caregivers to cooks. Children in grades 1-3 are in school and some are living in the orphanage. Most importantly is that all of this has been accomplished in the right way in a country where corruption is widespread. Yet, COHH struggles to find donors and its resources are dwindling. How long will they have to wait for the world to recognize the work of COHH in Haiti? I hope and pray that the answer will be "not long."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first exposure to Center of Hope Haiti (COHH) was back in April 2010 when I wanted to show great appreciation and do something impactful for one its leading members who has taken time out of their busy schedule to mentor and assist me with developing professionally. My gift of appreciation was volunteering a week of my time in Haiti at the Center of Hope, preparing the site for its grand opening. The time spent in this country was so life changing that I continue to fund the efforts financially, assist in spreading the word, and make trips down there when I can. The vision and success of this organization is so important, as it serves the underserved, and not only educates its residents, but also exposes them to new opportunities to create economical change and sustainability within their country from the inside out. The government may overlook the people in Hinche, especially the displaced orphans, but with the encouragement and vision that the Center of Hope delivers to the local people holistically, they will be inspired to create change for themselves without handouts. I have been blessed and privileged to be a part of this movement and have dedicated myself to creating change in the Haitian community through organizations like the COHH. I have been inspired to build homes in Haiti, and look forward to doing much more in this country because of the opportunities I’ve been exposed to while volunteering with the Center of Hope Haiti.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center of Hope Haiti continuously wows me with its success in delivering services to Haiti's neediest children. Its school is truly a beacon of hope for the future of Haiti.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Center of Hope Haiti (COHH) is a small organization looking to change the world by helping the neediest among us. COHH operates a well-run, clean and, most importantly, safe school for orphans in Hinche, Haiti. For most, if not all, of these children COHH is their only chance to obtain an education and escape deplorable, unimaginable conditions. Additionally, COHH's administration, board and advisors are all dedicated, thoughtful, honest individuals with huge hearts. I am honored to play a small part in assisting this wonderful organization and wish them nothing but continued success in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center of Hope Haiti is the MOST MEANINGFUL organization that I have the privilege to be involved with. I have seen it emerge from an idea, into a truly amazing and LIFE-ALTERING initiative. The benefit that the children receive from COHH is extraordinary, and will set them on a positive course for the rest of their lives.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have volunteered at several fundraising events for COHH. I believe in its mission and dedication to the youth of Haiti ensuring they have an opportunity to develop their potential. It brought me joy to see the excitement and joy on the children's face when they received their uniforms knowing they would have a place to learn and receive a healthy meal. I was excited to see pictures of the developments COHH has made thus far. These children have a fighting chance at life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been doing volunteer work in Haiti for 10 years. When I connected with Center of Hope approximately 4 years ago and started visiting the organization it was a huge encouragement to see an organization operating that is financially responsible and providing excellent services. I had the opportunity to travel with my 17 year old daughter to Hinche, Haiti in April 2013 and spent some time networking with the school and actively participating with the kids in the classroom setting. It was a life changing event for my daughter and she has made post high school education decisions based on her experience at COH. The facilities are second to none and I am so grateful for COH being on the ground in my favorite city in Haiti. They are truly an asset to the community. They have also been generous in the past and allowed me to stay on campus when I was in Hinche doing volunteer medical work, which gave me a safe place to stay and equipped me to concentrate on bringing supplies instead of using financial resources at the hotel.

Donor

Rating: 5

I traveled to Haiti and visited COHH in the Spring of 2013. As expected, everything is well run and the kids are thriving. I will continue to be a loyal contributor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I helped COHH as a lawyer while the center was being built and aquiring the required approvals to operate, visited the facilities and have made various monetary donations. The efficient management of operations has consistently been impressive. The center is well run and I have always been comfortable that my donations will be used in a manner to provide the maximum beneficial impact upon the children being served in Hinche, Haiti. COHH is a great organization that I will continue to support in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every time I see an update from COHH it is about a positive step they are taking in these children's lives. Sometimes there are hurdles, but I know my money helps overcome them. It brought tears to my eyes to know there are children now who can have an education and dinner at a place they call home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen COHH develop from the beginning and extremely impressed on how far its come. Starting from a dream to help others, to an empty lot to now teaching children. I donate to COHH because I can see where my money is being spent. For example, at the annual galas, COHH demonstrates its progress through pictures and video. Also, throughout the year I can view updates on its website and through the Facebook page. It is clear to me that COHH is near and dear to the hearts of those involved. While some years I was not able to donate as much, I know every dollar I was able to spare was appreciated.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud and humbled to be a part of an organization that, in just a few short years, has brought so much hope and promise to children in Hinche, Haiti, and also to adults in the community. The school provides the children with educational opportunities that are rarely available in Haiti. The classrooms are bright and inviting. Our teachers are highly motivated to provide the children with a western style education. Now we have orphans on the site, and already they know they are loved. COHH employs many local citizens, thereby providing them with an income that they might not otherwise have. COHH truly makes a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc. is truly a center of hope for children in HInche, Haiti. For years, I had volunteered here at home doing administrative tasks to further the mission of COHH. Finally I went to Haiti. As we traveled on the poorly maintained roads, we passed thousands of adults, children, and animals walking along the way. I have no idea where they were going. There didn't seem to be anything at all worth visiting. Dirt was on everything and everyone. We passed murky rivers in which people were bathing or washing clothes. Women carried jugs of water and other supplies on their heads. After several hours, the journey ended and we drove up to COHH. It was like a blessed oasis, and I immediately realized it for what it truly is -- a center of hope. The buildings were clean and beautiful. The lights, which were the first I'd seen since nightfall, were on, and the staff was welcoming. This is exactly what the children at our school are now experiencing. Every school day, 15 children make their way up the road to our school for a day of loving care and instruction. They enter clean, well maintained buildings where they are welcomed by our exceptional teacher. She has been trained to teach an American style curriculum, and she and the children have a longer school day than the average Haitian school. The children receive a nourishing snack and a healthy lunch that is often their only meal of the day. They have clean water and proper bathroom facilities. We have been and continue to be highly selective as to the caliber of adults who will be caregivers for our children, and that is one reason that progress is slow. We are hopeful that we will soon have a full time administrator on site who can provide 24 hour care for orphans. We want to educate and house these children and prepare them to be the leaders of their community. I am confident we will succeed and am grateful for all who have and continue to support our efforts. I am proud to be associated with outstanding people who will settle for nothing but the best for others, especially for children in HInche.

Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful nonprofit is in the process of making a tremendous and potentially lasting impact in a country that is in dire need of outside attention to help it realize its potential.

Hope is being given to the children of this country. Hope is being given to those who are involved with the nonprofit. Hope is made possible by those running the program and those who support it with donations of all sizes.

This organization MUST keep going. How many times does one have the chance to change the course of an entire country? This nonprofit has the chance to do so. Every little bit helps!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center of Hope, Haiti takes charity to a level that sets the standard for making a true difference in the world. With about five years of dedication, hard work, and genuine care, COHH has achieved its first of many milestones. Children of Haiti who would otherwise be among the many who will have a predetermined fate have now been directed into one with many doors that these same children never even knew existed. The best way to picture the work being done in a country left behind in the dust that lies extremely close to our own country is by imagining a calm lake with a drop of water being this charity hitting the unchanging surface with the ripple taking shape after the impact of this charity. The next five years will be as exciting, if not more exiting, than the previous five and my money will continue to support one of the most noble causes that I am connected to.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this organization for more than 5 years and serve on the Advisory Board.It is a unique organization with a unique mission--to build and operate an orphanage and school in Haiti. It began its work before the earthquake and continued it after the earthquake, undeterred in spirit and enthusiasm. It is not easy doing this in Haita and in spite of all obstacles, the school was opened last year. At this time the organization is at a mission critical stage. The school is open but the final push to complete the orphanage is on. Every contribution helps and the life of every student who is taught there is immediately changed forever from the moment they walk into the classroom.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have made donations to Center of Hope-Haiti for several years. Every single year we learn of progress with the organization and it's facility in Hinche, Haiti. We remember the ground breaking, and now the organization has completed a full year operating it's school! We are thrilled that the children are learning and nourished in a safe environment, especially after the earthquake 2 years ago, which effect reverberated throughout the country. COHH is critical to offer the children a basic education so that they have a chance to succeed as adults. COHH has created a model setting and structured program where the children thrive and blossom. Please join us in supporting COHH, to make a meaningful difference in the lives of innocent, promising children in Haiti.

Advisor

Rating: 5

COHH is a very efficiently run organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children in Haiti. COHH is small organization with a big mission. The board members, staff and donors are an exceptional group of people highly motivated to give Haitian children an opportunity for a better life. COHH is currently operating a school in Hinche, Haiti and is continuing to expand the scope of its operations to assist more children in need every year. If you want to change to world one beautiful child at a time, this would be a great organization to join. I wholeheartedly recommend COHH.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work with COHH on their Gala for the past 4 years and it always amazes me when I see the videos how much they are doing for the people of Hinche Haiti. The Gala is always attended by people who truely believe in COHH and support the organization every year. It is a very special group and i look forward to working with them every year.

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past years, my donations have been used conscientiously to grow Center of Hope Haiti from a concept to a beautiful building serving the needs of the children of Hinche. The organization is exceptionally well run-- very professional and thoughtful. Its leaders do not back down from challenges and they have achieved amazing results.