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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

Mission: To empower communities to rise from a culture of desperation to one of restored hope and self-sustainability.

Target demographics: provide assistance in the areas of healthcare, nutrition, education and basic living conditions

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1200 students and families in need

Geographic areas served: Communities (currently in Haiti)

Programs: Missions trips - each year, several opportunities are available for individuals to travel to haiti to be a part of the on the ground work taking place in the 3 communities we serve. Those who join us on a trip to haiti will get to put their personal skill set to work to help further restore haiti's long term purposes. Trip members can work with construction teams on the building projects in process, work in the kitchens with the Haitian cooks who prepare food for the feeding program, serve members of the community by providing training seminars on topics in which they have expertise (education, health and nutrition, character building and leadership, etc. ), work alongside our medical clinic staff, and have (see schedule o) an opportunity to interact with the child they sponsor and their family.

sponsorships/feeding program - mal-nutrition and lack of education are two of the biggest issues the youth of haiti struggle to overcome. Because there is no free public education in haiti, many haitian children are not afforded the opportunity for consistent schooling, and therefore grow up to be unemployed and unable to support themselves. In an effort to confront these two major areas of need, we have created the restore haiti child sponsorship program. This program allows donors to help a specific child by providing funds for their education. In addition, the child is admitted to our feeding program where they receive a hot meal, beverage, and multivitamin each day. Other benefits include access to medical clinics, and in some cases extra (see schedule o) financial assistance for their families specific needs. Sponsors are also given the opportunity to connect personally with the child through photos, notes, and the opportunity to help provide school supplies or send a christmas gift each year. Many sponsors also choose to visit the child by going on one of our planned trips to haiti each year.

building project / earthquake relief - there are several building programs in progress in the community in haiti that we have adopted. Although long term we plan for these building projects to be more focused on facilities needed for the many programs in place, we are currently more focused on helping to rebuild homes for 17 families in our community who have been living in tents since the january 2010 earthquake. These concrete home are affordable, running between 6,000 - 15,000 usd depending upon the size of the home required for the family. Some of our sponsors have had the opportunity to help with fundraising to build a home for the family of the specific child they sponsor, allowing another connection point for the sponsor to the child. In addition to the homes, we (see schedule o) have helped to raise funds for the communities first medical clinic and the first pre-school in the area, both of which are now fully functioning and accessible to the members of the community.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Restored has been an integral part of helping Haiti and the communities they support create a foundation of obtaining a quality education, getting medical assistance and building neighborhoods. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several trips to gain hands on experience and insight into the progress made in jacmel, Haiti as a result of Hope Restored and the deligient support they’ve provided.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Restore Haiti allowing me to connect and support those in need in Haiti. I get to sponsor 2 boys that are growing, learning and advancing themselves to become all they can be despite poverty and challenges in their country. I hope More and More people will learn about and plug into Restore Haiti

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Restore Haiti has a succinct vision to feed, educate and provide medical attention to those in Jacmel, Haiti and has done a great job and loving on the people in that community.
I'm going on my first trip with a team to Haiti in January, and I can't wait!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Hope Restored for over 10 years and cannot speak highly enough about the work that they do to impact the communities where they are located in Haiti. Lives are being changed by providing food, education, medical care ... and hope. Their trips are well-organized and there is no other organization out there that gives you the opportunity to work alongside and get to know the children and families in such a meaningful way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What's great about Restore Haiti is they make it possible for everyone to get involved, whether it's a one-time donation, sponsoring a child or taking a trip to understand a new culture.

I've been involved with Restore Haiti for over 10 years and the growth they have seen due to God's blessing and their endurance is nothing short of amazing. There are plenty of child sponsorship programs and I would encourage everyone to participate in one, but what makes this program unique is the real relationships that are established with children and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I was apart of a trip to Haiti with Restore Haiti. One day we were praying over the patients in a newly made hospital. As we were going through the hallways, one boy caught my eyes. His name was Salomon. Salomon was about 16 or 17 years old when I met him in the hospital. An immediate friendship was formed between him and I. This year I was able to meet him again at a school near his house. When he saw me, his eyes lit up like it was Christmas. I was able to talk to him for about an hour, and just catching up on each others lives! This friendship between this Haitian who has diabetes and an American is one that I will hold closer than more friendships that I have with my friends here. If it was not for Restore Haiti I would never have made this friendship!

The first photo is from last year when he was in the hospital and the second one is from this year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Restore Haiti is such an incredible organization. They are doing such great work in Haiti, but the thing that impresses me the most is how many Haitians they employ in Haiti. They keep their overhead extremely low and I have so much confidence when I donate and sponsor students, that the majority of the funds actually make it to Haiti!

Bonnie L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my journey with Restore Haiti in 2014. I have done multiple small mission trips to Detroit, Toledo and Adrian but had never traveled outside of the US and God had put it on my heart to do so. My church, Ogden church, was sending a team to Jacmel Haiti so my family and I decided to go. I had no idea what to expect during this trip. I was totally blown away by the extreme poverty of this country but also the extreme beauty! There is beauty in nature and the people are some of the most beautiful people I have ever met in my life!! They are so joyful with so very little. They are so grateful for everything they have. My oldest daughter and I both sponsor two beautiful little girls. By sponsoring them, we send them to school, they get food, and medical care. It is such a blessing to see them grow up in the Lord and it is beautiful having this Haitian family that we have grown to love so much.
Restore Haiti is such an amazing group to work with. They take such good care of the teams that go over there. I feel very safe when I travel to Haiti because of Restore Haiti. We will be going on our fourth trip in a few weeks and I cannot wait to go love on our friends there!! It is such a blessing to be able to see our sponsored children. Restore Haiti truly believes in the relationships that are built through the sponsor program and they make the visits happen. There are no other companies that I am aware of that are so caring and Godly! I am truly blessed to partner with Restore Haiti and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me and my family!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have travelled to Haiti 4 times in the past two years with Restore Haiti. In that short span of time I have seen the most amazing results in those served by Restore Haiti AND also in those serving. My favorite part about this organization is the way they bring communities together. Local communities here in the US partnering with communities in Haiti to work together as colleagues, as friends, and ultimately, one big family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with Restore Haiti (Hope Restored) 4 years ago when I went on my first trip! Ever since then I have continued to love the people, the organization and our mission. To me, Restore Haiti is unique because of the tight-knit, family atmosphere that encourages a true passion to help others be successful. Over the past 4 years I have seen first hand impact that I’ve seen has changed lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been sponsoring 7 children through Restore Haiti since 2011. We’ve been going to Haiti for several years with many different teams. Doing mission trips with Restore Haiti has brought us much joy. Restore Haiti runs like a well oiled machine and we love being a part of all the great work they do in Haiti and over here in the states with all the behind the scenes work. Restore Haiti truly has a heart for the work they do and a deep love for the people and the communities in Haiti. Restore Haiti has made a positive and life long change in our lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been traveling to Haiti with Restore Haiti for over 7 years now. They know how to do foreign missions trips better than any other missions organization I have ever been involved with. They are organized and have thought ahead to every possible scenario. Their relationship with the Haitians in the areas they work is just that, a relationship. They work with the local people to assist them where needed most. Not the other way around. They are about working for and with the Haitian people to help the kids have hope for a future. I highly recommend Restore Haiti as a non-profit organization for anyone who is looking for a place to give of their time, gifts, or financial resources.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love that Restore Haiti is a cause my whole family can be involved in. I have taken 3 of my children on mission trips to Haiti to and have enjoyed sharing this experience with them. When you go on a trip to Haiti you can see where your donations are going and how they are impacting lives. I have no doubts that my money is being used appropriately to truly make a difference.

Jennifer481

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 12 year old son went to Haiti and when he came home he was not the same boy who left. He came back with a heart of a servant and a love for the people of Haiti. He can't wait to go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has experienced a great deal of positives from traveling with Restore Haiti (Hope Restored). Our eyes and hearts were opened to life change, humility, cultural enrichment, and life long friendships to name a free. We gladly and confidently provide a positive review for this team.

-Chad and Ashley Moore

Philip16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have loved how real working with the people of Restore Haiti is. Just normal people working along side the people in Haiti to make things happen. Exciting to see it grow in the last 10 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second trip, march 2014, with Restore Haiti. We were a part of a team that included 6 children and 9 adults. It was a great and life changing trip. Having children as part of the team was great. The interactions they had with the Haitian kids was priceless. Our team was involved in a home construction project, daily visits to a school, serving with the daily feeding program, and just loving on the people. I was also able to see my sponsored child and give her a gift and spend some time. I saw many of the same kids from the first trip in 2013 and it was great to see progress and how they are cared for. Our team was well taken care of from the time we got picked up from the airport, to where we stayed, and to the food we ate. Coming from America, food and weather can be big roadblocks, but we were well prepared beforehand with the information that we needed and we were always looked after during the week. Seeing first hand and being part of the work they do, I highly endorse Restore Haiti, from their sponsorship program to their short term trips.

Dina G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first trip with Restore Haiti in March and the impact has been life changing. When we first got there, traveling through Port-Au-Prince I was shocked at the conditions of the city - I've never seen anything like it. Traveling through the mountains to Jacmel - I kept thinking, "There are good things in Haiti, Lord show me the good things here." I have to admit I struggled with the disparity of Haiti- things were either very beautiful or very horrible. Sitting in the small cinder block church on simple wooden benches with a community of believers worshiping our Lord, I saw the beautiful things in Haiti. Meeting my sponsor kids for the first time, hugging the preschoolers everyday at playtime, greeting the kids in the feeding program with a smile and eye contact everyday~ I saw the good things in Haiti. Having kids come up and just want to touch me or hold my hand~ there are so many good things in Haiti and Restore Haiti is making it possible for anyone to be a part of all the good things the Lord is doing there~we had 6 children under the age of 12 on our team and the impact on them will last throughout their lives...and mine.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you sponsor a child, most organizations send you a picture, here you can hug your child and they hug you back. This is my 6th Haiti trip and every trip I see improvement in conditions, education and attitudes. These children are precious. I am 72 years old and can still hug a child.
I have 3 in Haiti and can't wait to go back. Remember children are 25% of the worlds population and 100% of the future. God bless Restore Haiti.

Review from Guidestar

Bob_45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently participated in my first trip with Restore Haiti (Hope Restored) to Jacmel in my capacity as director of missions for our church New River Fellowship. Our church has financially supported RH for several years and in the interest of full disclosure both the founder of RH and the executive director are personal friends and members of our church. With that background I can say I was extremely impressed with the work taking place in Haiti. The school, feeding program and the home building programs are meeting tremendous needs in this community. The poverty is beyond description yet the children are being well cared for and are learning not only book knowledge but tangible life skills that will serve them for ever. Most importantly they are meeting and building relationships with people that are demonstrating the love of the Father. I know RH to be fiscally responsible and they really care for their volunteers. It is easy to see why volunteers fall in love with the people of Haiti and return time after time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly had to wait until I had decompressed and processed my most recent trip to Jacmel, Haiti through Restore Haiti. This was the 3rd trip I've been on with this organization, and I am pleased to say that I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The lives of the people in the community are changing. The children are healthy, and happy. They are fed, and schooled. They are learning english. Every dollar coming into the organization is going to directly serve those who need it most. This trip impacted me so deeply. I am thankful, and grateful for organizations like Restore Haiti who do, what they say, they will do.

Review from Guidestar

Susan243

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've just returned from my third trip to Haiti .As with my other trips,I was deeply honored once again to be a part of this amazing organization and to be so warmly welcomed by the people.We alwaus accomplish so much and there is a job for everyone,regardless of your age or physical ability.And unlike some organizations,every dollar donated to Restore Haiti goes straight to helping the people in the area,whether to feed and educate the children ,build a house or a number of other thongs done to help the community.The pastors there are amazingly loving and selfless ,as are their families and staff.And ,last,bit certainly not least,are the choldren.Ive never seen such loving ,happy kids anywhere else.Grateful for the smallest things in life they cant seem to get enough hugs from us.The whole experience is so immensely gratifying and I cant encourage you enough to try a trip for uouself and to take it wigh the wonderful people of Restore Haiti.Bon jour!

Review from Guidestar

Karen197

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally experienced how Hope Restored (aka Restore Haiti) is changing the lives of an entire community outside of Jacmel, Haiti. I first travelled with Restore Haiti to Jacmel in July of 2012. I have witnessed how this organization is providing sponsorship for approximately 500 children in and around Jacmel. Because of Restore Haiti, these children have an opportunity to go to school, receive hot meals and have access to basic medical care. The gratitude and love of the residents in the area is apparent everywhere. Everyone that I spoke to told me their story and how Restore Haiti was changing the future for this community.

I had the privilege of returning to Haiti with Restore Haiti again this September to assist in delivering school supplies to the children of the community. It was amazing to see the changes that had taken place in the past year. Restore Haiti had built several new homes for people previously living in substandard conditions and a new kitchen for the children in the feeding program had been completed. Their hard work and dedication to the community continues to amaze me. I look forward to continuing to support this amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first trip to Jacmel, Haiti was June 2012. This organiziation is making a difference in the lives of not only the children, but the people in Jacmel as a whole. While there I helped in the Feeding program, working with the most incredible kitchen ladies who so willingly gave their entire day to providing a meal to over 400 children. It was hard, hot work in a very small kitchen with primative tools and they did it with a smile on their faces. I also helped finish painting a house that had been built by a previous team. Getting to meet the family that would move into that house was incredible. My team and I also participated in what we called the 'One More Brick' project, where we carried concrete blocks down a very long, steep hill to a work site where a house was being built. By carrying these bricks down, we saved a great deal of money on the cost of this house. But the greatest thing I did was just love these people. They are so open in how they worship and show their love and gratitude to Jesus for all that He has provided to them- to be in their presence while they are worshiping, is to be in the presence of God. These people have very few material possessions, but the one thing they have is joy. Restore Haiti is providing much needed food, housing, medical care, schooling , clothing and the love of Jesus. This organization is run like a well oiled ship: the trip was well planned, all travel arrangements were taken care of, all housing and meals were taken care of and the day to day activites were well planned. This is a life changing experience and if you are considering an organization to sponsor, I can't think of a better one. I am definitely going back next summer.

Vance L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Restored (AKA Restore Haiti) provided me an opportunity to serve people living in oppressive poverty and seeing the direct, positive impact on their lives and the community they live in. Restore Haiti is an organization that has passionate and caring individuals providing the utmost level of care and prudent management of the organization. I have served on the board for two years and until I went on a trip, I could not imagin the effect this organization has on the community. I returned from a one week trip to Jacmel, Haiti on September 7, 2012 and have seen and touched the projects they said they would pursue and have successfully completed. I cannot describe with words the experience, the love or kindness that the people of Haiti showed us. This has been a blessing that can only be known by going and serving. Financial support is greatly needed, but if you are able, I emplore you...GO.

1 Cheryl35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with this organization since 2011. In my two trips to the community they serve in Haiti I can see that a difference is being made. Because of this organization, the number of volunteers from my church who are willing to serve has grown exponentially from 4 in 2011 to 21 in 2012 and we hope to bring 30 in 2013. The resources donated are hand delivered to the community by the volunteers who travel there, so nothing is lost in administration and red tape. This is a very transparent group that I plan to support for many years.

2 Juli C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly makes an impact through relationship, integrity, and professionalism. I have been volunteering with them for 2 1/2 years and will continue to do so in the future. I pray you consider giving to this amazing work!