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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Odlet L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is a lifesaver. My dad has been working for this organization for over 28 years. I was born in a poor neighborhood. Even though my dad didn’t go to college but education is very important to him that why he collects his pay check to send us kids to school and because of that I was able to finish high school and graduated from college and now I have a job.Thank you HHF for the wonderful work you’re doing in my community. Look at a nice clinic you recently Inaugurated at Dayère. Thank you so much!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you’re looking for a charity worthy of your trust, look no further. All who are connected to the Haitian Health Foundation (inspiring founders, hardworking employees, dedicated and resilient people on the ground in Haiti, and loyal volunteers) are improving the lives of the poor and vulnerable. With four stars and a perfect score from Charity Navigator, they will steward your gift well. Donate to HHF and make a difference for those in need.

Christine62

Donor

Rating: 5

Haitian Health Foundation is one of the best charities which I support. They do wonderful work, keep communication open with their donors and spend every dollar wisely. The Lowneys and their support staff are all committed to their cause. I have been part of HHF support for over 15 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fourteen years ago I had the priveledge of finding out about the Haitian Health Foundation's work and after calling them and "interviewing" them they passed my test. That means most of every dollar you donate goes directly to the poor folks suffering from third world country issues. I have been supporting the same family in the Save a Family program for 14years, bought a few Happy House for special people a latrine and a bunch of goats. I dont waste my money on gifts that land in the landfill....I like to get and give real GIFTS....those that help people with their health, women with their babies, smart nutrition programs and more. I have toured the humble home base and these folks are all dedicated to the mission of helping the people inJeremie. I am their biggest cheerleader and if I could give them 10 stars, I would give them 11.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Haitian Health Foundation is a wonderful organization. What they have accomplished in Jeremie, Haiti is like a miracle. They have done it with very little going towards administration.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HHF is a profoundly effective NGO. I know this as a physician volunteer to their effort in Jeremie Haiti since 1979. The founder Dr Jerry Lowney ,and now his daughter Marilyn, dedicate their lives to successfully aiding the sick and the poor in this, the Grand Anse, of Haiti.
HHF is imbued with both heart and brains making it a truly great nonprofit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is extraordinary. It does what it says it will, and I know that because I serve on the Board, and more importantly have been going to the place where it works-Jeremie, Haiti-, as a volunteer physician for 27 years.
The Administration under President Dr Jeremiah Lowney, CEO Marilyn Lowney, and In-Country Administrator Nadesha Mijoba are peerless in their dedication and effective hard work.
The hurricane Matthew has devastated this precise area of Haiti. The peoples' losses are very great. HHF has been there for the residents of town and mountain for 30 years. They are trusted and depended upon, and indeed are leading recovery efforts right now.
Whatever we can donate will , assuredly, be properly and efficaciously used.

Betsy O'Brien L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this charity for about 20 years. They do incredible work and the scope of their work has increased so that they are a major health and education resource in southwest Haiti area. Charity navigator has consistently given them the highest ranking for their low overhead costs so maximum amount gets to the people who need it. Please support this great organization!

Kathleen S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great group of committed people supporting people in Haiti. Mission is to help folks to help themselves in very challenging circumstances. Please support this charity! They are doing everything right. I am happy to support HHF too!

R0bby716

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is a gift to the people of Haiti; the infrastructure in terms of health care, dental treatment and maternity care is unparalleled. Dr Lowney and his family give this gift not only to these Haitian families, but to the rest of us who have been lucky enough to accompany him.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jeremie Haiti remains one of our most treasured experiences and we continue to support the amazing work done at HHF. As a dentist I am particularly humbled by the people of Haiti; their warmth and kindness are welcoming. Our son, whose middle name is Jeremie, will visit in the upcoming year or two; and I really can’t wait to share it with him.

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Laurrie Anne M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to afford to donate toward a Happier House for a Haitian family who lived in a one-room tin-roofed hostel. I received a picture from the husband and pregnant wife with a thank you to the Malizia family. They were outside their new home of which they were required to help build. The entire home was built with sustainability in mind. I wish I could do more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported and volunteered at Jeremie, Haiti at HHF since 2001. Their mission remains clear. They employ the local people to carry out their mission & they truly make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Haitian Health Foundation many years ago and have always found them committed and pleasant to work with.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this charity. The work they do is amazing and substantial. I really love the goat program because I get a photo of the goat and the recipient, which I love to hang on my fridge or give to my mom for her birthday. It's always a crowd pleaser because the goat is a gift that keeps giving. I just love it. I'm proud to be a supporter for life!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that helps one of the neediest populations in the world. I have been supporting them through their Save a Family and Feed a Child programs for years. My mother, who is 93, gives the the gift of a goat, on behalf of her grandchildren, every year at Christmas. She and her siblings also have a monthly card game and give the dues they collect to the organization. Not only does the Haitian Health Foundation provide aid in the form of Happy Homes, health services and Goats that provide income, they also train and employ a great many Haitians. The Haitian Health Foundation is a labor of love.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Staff who work in the CT-based office are phenomenal.
The volunteers are a God send
The fundraising efforts are fantastic
The donations actually are used up for the needy in Haiti
The employees never give up

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Provides outstanding quality care and community development, while maintaining transparency and utmost respect and dignity for their community in Haiti and their donors.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saw the work these people are doing and what changes they have made not only in the village but the whole island. Other non profits look to them for guidance.

1 Bones58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first visit to the Haitian Health Foundation was in 1998. It was an incredible experience back then and it still is today. My wife and I have volunteered in Jeremie a number of times since our first visit and it's incredible the good that the HHF accomplishes with their programs that cover healthcare, education and schools, housing, livestock plus much much more. The Foundation is extremely well run and efficient. The Haitian Health Foundation has made a huge difference in the entire Grand' Anse region of Haiti. I would recommend anyone who wants to donate their time or money to affiliate themselves this this organization. The HHF gets it done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of the Haitian Health Foundation back in 1997. Dr. Jerry Lowney, President of the HHF was a good friend of my dad's. My father had poor health and was never able to make the trip to Haiti to volunteer. He asked if I would consider going in his place as he knew of the great things that were being done by the HHF. My wife and I made the trip and were astonished at the need for assistance the poor in Jeremie needed, but were equally astonished how the HHF met the needs and how efficient and organized this organization was carrying out the work. Since that first visit I have been back to volunteer many times and have seen how things have improved in Jeremie and the surrounding areas through the HHF efforts. In a place where usually well intentioned organizations try to accomplish things, many times nothing results. Not the case with HHF. In addition to the healthcare the HHF provides, this organization runs so many projects such as feeding and nutrition programs, housing, livestock and education. These projects are done and done right. The HHF's overhead is low and I have seen first hand that every dollar donated directly benefits the poorest of the poor. Over the years I have watched new programs and projects evolve and become successful. Programs that help teach recipients to help themselves and in the long run show them a life with dignity and purpose. We all love winners and the Haitian Health Foundation is a winner. I never dreamed back in 1997 what a great gift my dad gave me by sending me down to the HHF in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew was certainly a set back, however the HHF will rebuild what damage they incurred and are already helping the people of Jeremie and surrounding areas rebuild their lives as well. I can't ever see myself not supporting the Haitian Health Foundation.

1 Christian C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Haiti with HHF and saw first hand the good that these folks do for the people of Jereme. The assistance that HHF provides extends beyond simply providing for what the people of Jereme don’t have. HHF provides help that shows the people of Jereme how to help themselves and others in their community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful and loving organization with transparency and dignity as their foundation. Their impact in Haiti is beyond measure

1

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.

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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.

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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.

1 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.

1

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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

2 Ed__11

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

1 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.