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.
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.
Kids Connection Haiti provides very targeted support to help educate at-risk Haitian youth. A few years ago, many current KCH students did not have secure housing, food or jobs. They had few to no economic opportunities. Now, however, these same young adults are pursuing their dreams. I appreciate that KCH students have worked so hard to make their goals a reality. I also like that proceeds to KCH overwelmingly go to defray educational costs. The organization is very lean. There is no luxurious office. There is no fleet of cars. There are no exorbitant salaries. A dollar donated to KCH directly helps a student in need finish high school, vocational school or university. I firmly believe that my donations have helped these deserving people to have a more secure future.
I have been working as a Youth Development consultant for an NGO in Haiti for the last two and a half years and met with Astrid Fitzgerald on many occasions.
Her Kids Connection Haiti Program works with and for many young adults that I know.
KCH makes the difference in their lives !
Astrid has lived in Haiti for many years and knows what these young adults are going through, what their needs are and what difficulties they have to overcome. She knows the troubles of the country.
With a simple, very effective philosophy she built a small but slowly growing organization were each one who gets help, gets a better change in live !
Astrid's heart is in Haiti. She is not only passionate about her work but she also has clear goals and knows how she wants to get there. KCH financial donations all benefits the young adults education or microcredit for business.
But equally important is the emotional support these young adults get through regular meetings, workshops and seminars.
KCH to me stands for; a small initiative can makes a big difference !
Joanne Schipper (Youth Development consultant)
I volunteered for KCH for two months in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the summer of 2012. I was lucky enough to be given this great opportunity to go to Haiti and spend time with the wonderful students KCH and its donors sponsor. In Haiti, I taught English classes 3 days a week to KCH students and to neighborhood kids. I also helped out our local coordinator with various tasks. it was my second trip to Haiti, but my first working in a development country. I keep saying that I couldn't have had a better experience. With KCH, I was able to dive into a different workplace, learning so much more about myself, Haitians and Haiti. I was challenged in my work but also in my daily life, which always kept things interesting for me. The KCH team is made of hard-working and caring people. They helped me make my experience in Haiti an unforgettable one. I would encourage anyone to work with KCH, you won't regret it.
I have been helping out in KCH for almost a month and am happy to be in such a creative, easy-going and loving environment. The team members and leaders are not only inspiring professionals but they are good and caring human beings that show their efforts with the dedication that they put into the organization's mission. Thank you for this opportunity!
I volunteered for KCH for 6 months in 2010-11 when the organization was establishing itself on the ground in Haiti. The work that KCH does for young adults in providing them with education and social support is exceptional, and the way that the organization works is rare. KCH puts almost its entire operating budget towards providing for the young adults in the program, and it exponentially improves the opportunities that these young adults have to succeed. I would fully recommend working with the organization in whatever capacity available.
I work in Kids Connection Haiti since mid-September, 2012. This job helps me get familiar with crowd funding, grant searching, and many new projects that I never got a chance to know in the university campus before. Besides, the job also helps me get in touch with society more profoundly, at least it gives me a clearer idea on how non-profit organization runs. I therefore highly recommend Kids Connection Haiti, for, as a volunteer here, not only you would obtain more knowledge about Haiti but also a stronger feeling of your being as a member of your own society, a society from which you are benefited and to which you are to benefit.
I currently work in the Washington D.C. office of KCH. It's only been a few months work of work but I have had the great pleasure of working with such motivated and dedicated people who are passionate about seeing improvment in Haiti. I encourage anyone reading this review if you're even a little curious about volunteering in/for Haiti take a few seconds to check out Kids Connection Haiti!
I volunteered with KCH in Haiti for the first half of 2012. It was such a great experience. The youth in the program are such an inspiration. I highly recommend KCH.
It is humbling to have had the honor to work with people as dedicated as those that assist at Kids Connection Haiti. The mission of KCH is one which truly transforms lives through the most self-sustaining process known--education. Kids Connection Haiti and Global Impact Collective have a had a wonderful relationship and I would encourage other volunteers and individuals to get involved with a group so set on positively impacting the lives of Haitians through education.
I spent a week in Haiti volunteering with KCH with my 16 yr old in June and it was the trip of a lifetime. The local coordinator guided us each day through the towns via tap tap so we could experience the daily life of Haitians in their efforts to survive and thrive. The simple idea of providing tuition, uniforms, and other supplies or necessities, as well as connections for networking for jobs, is brilliant and very, very practical. We are now sponsoring a student whom we met during workshops I taught on resilience for the students. The entire program offers a platform to mentor every person involved. We plan to go back as often as possible. The entire group was so warm, gracious, and eager. Astrid Fitzgerald is the real deal: selfless, realistic, and undaunted. I would do anything I could for them.
I like to get involved with nonprofits where the founder is not just passionate about a cause, but also has a sharp focus and smart administration. I'm a huge fan of Kids Connection Haiti - and donate regularly -- because it zeroes in on a group that is often overlooked: older orphans who don't have the family supports to help them become economically independent. KCH offers financial tuition support, life skills training, and business mentoring, and fills the gap that these young people need in order to stand up on their own two feet. Founder Astrid Fitzgerald lived in Haiti for years, so she knows the society well and is realistic about her goals. She puts every penny towards the kids, runs her operation on a shoe string, and is wisely trying to grow the organization slowly and methodically. As a donor, I became a sponsor to a young woman who is nursing school, and received a letter from her, in addition to updates from Astrid, so I know exactly where and to whom my donations are going. I'm really proud to support Kids Connection Haiti, and I hope more people can become supporters!
I am volunteering with Kids Connection Haiti and it is life-changing. Kids Connection Haiti is focusing on post orphanage services, offers technical advice and financial support for education and livelihoods, contributing to sustainable, independent lives. I am working from the DC office and support the organization in various fields to grow and support the Haitian based initiatives including research, logistics, sponsorship management, fundraising and general office/administrative. My work is exciting and very rewarding. The Kids Connection Haiti team is very passionate, energetic and dedicated and it is such a great feeling to be part of it and knowing that our work is changing the lives of many kids and young adults in Haiti.