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Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is the real deal. Dedicated, tireless and efficient. They care for the poorest among us with dignity and compassion, a person, a family, a village at a time, building homes, providing healthcare, education, and so much more. I've had the privilege to volunteer with them in Jeremie a number of times, and to see up close the remarkable difference the Haitian Health Foundation makes in the world, is to see the extraordinary good in the so many people that support their efforts. I will continue to proudly donate and volunteer for this worthy cause that is operated by such a well-run charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2013, I decided to go volunteer with HHF in Haiti. I was on a thorough search to find the best fit. My patient had recommended HHF; he let his daughter go a few years back to volunteer, and he highly recommended that I choose them. So I investigated and wrote to Marilyn, and a few months later I was on a plane with 10 people that I've never met.
Volunteering with HHF has changed my life forever. The amount of heart and drive that goes into this organization is just overwhelming. Their hard work and dedication is never ending, and it shows with all their open hearts. One day, I will be back to Haiti and will continue to serve with HHF.

Donor

Rating: 5

The folks at HHF truly care for the ppl of Haiti whom they have been serving faithfully for over 30 years. I enjoy seeing the the photos of the work they do for the poorest of the poor. The medical attention the people of Jeremie recieve is outstanding. I will continue to be a faithful donor to this outstanding organization.

P-A-T-H

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Haitian Health Foundation not only involved in clinical and surgical healthcare but also in community awareness and empowerment.
The 'Happy House and Toilet' is particularly noteworthy and as a seasoned architect/planner I recommend HHF as the best practices for community building.
Sanitation is integral to public health and Haiti and disaster zones to grasp a proper development model - 'Happy House and Toilet' remain exemplary.
With further support it could be scaled up as a participatory, incremental sustainable settlement strategy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The greatest charity run by the greatest people. This is the best use of your money if you want to make an incredible difference in the lives of many.

Donor

Rating: 5

HHF is a hard working inovative charity that saves lives . The way it is run could be a model for other charities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation provided me with my first international mission trip opportunity in 2004. The impact this organization has had in not only those they serve in western Haiti, but in the rest of the country and back in the US is beyond comprehension. The list is endless when it comes to their accomplishments, however, their work is far from over. Marilyn Lowney, the Executive Director for HHF, gave me one of the most profound pieces of advice I have ever gotten in my life after my first trip to the country. She said "The worst thing you can do is to go home and do nothing." This served as the catalyst for 5 more trips to Haiti and to other countries on my journey as a servant leader. Years later, I now work for an international non-profit and give so much glory to God for having had the opportunity to have my life blessed beyond measure by the beautiful people of Haiti and by the tireless work of the Haitian Health Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is an incredible nonprofit that provides essential services to those most in need. While started as a medical/dental organization, they offer so much more, most importantly hope and inspiration to the youth in Haiti. I have traveled to Haiti many times on dental missions with the HHF and they are extremely organized in a country where that's no so easy! I plan to stay involved with this group for many years to come and highly encourage others to support their efforts as well!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have to be honest, this is a foundation that my brother-in-law started over thirty years ago. He and his family have dedicated so much of their lives to and they have made an enormous difference in the lives of the people of Haiti.
It is truly a self sacrifice that they and so many volunteers make to help the needy and beautiful people of a country which has seen so much pain an injustice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have gone to Jeremie several times to participate in medical and dental missions. Everytime we return, HHF has made more and more significant changes for the better. More and more satellite clinics, solar power, recycling program...We look forward to returning once again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be able to go on a mission trip with HHF nine years ago. I was impressed with the services they provide to the poorest of the poor in the western hemisphere and was left with a lasting impression of how the staff work diligently and professionally to positively change peoples lives through better health and improved living conditions. In performing their mission they do not apply just band aid measures to temporarily provide comfort to the Haitian people they serve, instead have developed effective programs that engage those they serve and employ Haitian people in executing those programs for continuing benefit. I have witnessed how resources are employed in clever ways to keep the expenditures as low as possible in order to serve so many with great fiscal efficiency.

Back here in the states, a network of volunteers are called upon to pack shipping containers several times a year (a pretty big job) as well as other tasks of support. Personally I have been called upon to help with providing reconditioned old treadle sewing machines, specially prepared for the high humidity environment, to be used by Haitians to make clothing locally there, especially for children who are fortunate enough to be sponsored to attend schools, where uniforms are mandatory. The foot operated treadle machine are imperative given that electricity is scare. Having reconditioned a machine four years ago, I was happy to see the follow through by HHF in a personal communication to me with the story and pictures of that machine in use with its new owner, a man who had been sewing on broken machine that belonged to a friend, or at other times having to rent one. Receiving the refurbished machine was life changing for him in his ability to provide for his family (see attached pictures- Similar feedback is provided to donors whether it be the purchase of a female goat for a family to breed or a Happy House or other objective-photos of the family who receive the benefit, with the donated asset, provided to the donor).

This year I was contacted regarding the need for two more machines to replace one broken and one barely functioning machine used by two physically handicapped women served by HHF (photo attached). Of course I responded yes about helping, knowing that my investment would be nothing compared to the benefits it would provide through HHF, and that I trusted any machines would be delivered as promised. Those two machines were lined up, however word got out that these were needed, and the trust of others has shone through as several more were donated in a few short weeks! No doubt as these machines are refurbished and delivered over the upcoming months (the first two were crated and loaded to a shipping container four days ago), there will be joy, improved opportunities for self sustenance, and ability for healthier prospects for some families by means of affordability that was diminished or non-existent previously. But this is only one story, one example of the integrity, effectiveness to engage and perform, and success of how HHF delivers in its mission. Haitian Health Foundation really is a great non-profit.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family have had the privaledge of serving our underserved neighbors in Haiti through the Haitian Health Foundation by being volunteers and donors. Having gone on a mission trip myself with HHF, I was able to experience first hand how well this charity is run in distributing donations to those in such great need. I had the pleasure of meeting in one of the villages served, one of the families who received a Happy House in place of their previous hovel. The gratitude is real and the step up in quality of life is, undeniably for some, a factor in survival. There is follow up when a donation is made for a specific need, such as a Happy House, or a goat, etc comes in the form of an actual picture of the family helped at their new dwelling or with their newly given livestock, so one knows that the money has gone perfectly as directed in their gift (I have heard of some folks going on a mission trip and having the opportunity to meet the family in person!). Attending a container packing event closer to home, one sees how a variety of needs is met by the diversity of food, clothing, building materials, etc. going into the sea-going containers. The work is never-ending, and the dedication of the staff in Haiti and in the states is unwavering and with the large effort of many volunteers added is a beautiful sight to behold.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first started working with this charity in 1992 and have continued my affiliation as a physician volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors. The dedication of the organization to the well being of some of the most vulnerable people on this hemisphere has kept me involved.
I was born in Haiti and spent time in Jeremie as a child. My family fled Duvalier's reign of terror and settled in the US, and I eventually became a physician. I can attest as a Haitian and as a doctor that this organization is the best run, with the best dollar to outcome ratio, of any NGO I have seen in Haiti. My wife who is not of Haitian origin has become one of the group's most ardent supporters after personally seeing the scope of the work done and some of the lives improved or saved.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that it has been at least thirty years since I learned of this work by the HHF, Inc. What impresses me most - in addition to the actual in the field, personal, effective, caring work - is that it is a family effort. The Lowney cadre really shows up and is in service. The epitome of getting in there at the toughest hour and in the toughest place to care for human needs. They are the symbol of caring and the epitome of being in service. Brava and Bravo

Donor

Rating: 5

Remarkable organization I came to know about on a trip to south east Asia where I met dr. Lowney and his daughter Marilyn! They have given so much of themselves, as have people working with the foundation, to help the people of Haiti in every way. Hats off to them all!

Donor

Rating: 5

Honest, ethical and transparent with how they use their funds. Thorough with reporting and genuinely good people doing amazing things for such vulnerable people in Haiti.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is an outstanding organization; our experience has been outstanding; we are completely blessed by our relationship and time in Jeremie Haiti, and continue our support with gifts of time, talent and treasure.

Jennifer613

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working on and off with The Haitian Health Foundation since their inception. I started as a student volunteer and have had the privilege of volunteering as a dentist since 1991. I met my husband through volunteering in Haiti and we now have 4 teenage daughters that have all gone with us. It is a wonderful organization. We feel honored to be able to help because it has nourished our family in so many ways to have the opportunity to help our close neighbors that have so much need. This organization makes volunteering seamless and safe. We look forward to many more productive years involved with them. The dental services that they provide rival those in the United States. The facility is modern and a pleasure to work in. I would encourage you to look into volunteering at this modern, clean and friendly organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is a beacon of hope for the poorest of the poor in Jeremie and the surrounding rural area. I was given the honor of being able to travel with the HHF to Jeremie, Haiti and I witnessed firsthand how well equipped the HHF is to handle a variety of urgent needs such as neonatal and maternal care, dentistry, education, sanitation, housing, proper nutrition, and so much more. Just about every dollar donated goes directly to the people of Haiti and I cannot think of a more deserving non-profit organization to donate my time and money to. The experience that I have had, and continue to do so, far exceeds any expectation which is why I continue to volunteer for 5 years and counting!

Donor

Rating: 5

I can think of no other organization that I would rather send my money to. It goes right to the people who need it the most. The people of Jeremie had nothing and now since the hurricane they have less than nothing. HHF shows compassion to the people they serve. They have high quality volunteers, who are dependable, attentive to detail and pro active at ways to save dollars. I have personally experienced the working of this wonderful organization both here as well as in Haiti. My husband believes in their mission so much that he volunteers every day and is blessed to be able to serve the poorest of the poor in Jeremie with HHF.

They are truly making a difference one life at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express how devoted, dedicated, and unwavering HHF, their staff and administration (both in the USA and abroad) is to the people of Jeremie, Haiti. My father has been involved with this organization and boasting of their work for years and more recently I have been blessed/privileged to see their work first-hand while volunteering at their clinic in Haiti. It is nothing short of many miracles to see what affect their passion has had on these people. I've never had such a transparent experience with any other non-profit organizations, when it comes to knowing how my donations dollars are spent, which makes it that much easier to give. I cannot praise this organization enough.