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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The collaborative initiatives on La Gonave are based on the desire to respond effectively to the needs, interests and assets of the people who live on the island – individuals who can best articulate how organizations like the partnership can make a constructive difference in their lives. The organization is committed to building the human infrastructure on the island and, as such, only employs Haitians. The organization also seeks to partner with other NGOs operating in the country and on the island to avoid duplication, to leverage resources and to share best practices. The mission of the partnership, through a sustained and long-term relationship, is to collaborate with Haitians to improve the quality of life and opportunities on the island. The immediate focus is on healthcare, education and economic development. The collaborative initiatives on La Gonave are based on the desire to respond effectively to the needs, interests and assets of the people who live on the island – individuals who can best articulate how organizations like the partnership can make a constructive difference in their lives. The organization is committed to building the human infrastructure on the island and, as such, only employs Haitians. The organization also seeks to partner with other NGOs operating in the country and on the island to avoid duplication, to leverage resources and to share best practices.

Target demographics: the people of La Gonave

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1700 students get educated, 300 adults become literate and provided community health workers for 22 communities on the island.

Geographic areas served: La Gonave, Haiti

Programs: clinics, schools, goats, adult literacy, economic development and public health.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this patnership for 5 years and have known of their work for much longer. I feel very confident that resources are used as they should be,
They are doing great work for the people of La Gonave. I have traveled there on three occasions and have seen progress in many areas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to La Gonave last year with friends Deb and lee and my experiences with this organization were so great!! They are a committed and dedicated group of people helping this very poor island to improve both health care and education for the kind and appreciative people that live there. Because I work in the philanthropic world, I really appreciate La Gonave Partnership and their ability to leverage every dollar to make it work for the people that need help...One of the best Non profits that I have ever worked with....

Susan271

Donor

Rating: 5

I have friends who have been involved in this nonprofit for many years. it is amazing the work and good they have been able to accomplish over time for so many things we take for granted. It is a never ending project and everyone I know who has been touched by the people of La Gonave continues to give money , time and talent to help them move forward. The people of the Island are so welcoming and thankful in spite of all they have to bear. It is wonderful to hear about the progress and how the nonprofit learns to provide what is really needed to be of great help !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have wonderful friends who donate time , talents and Love to this wonderful cause. They have traveled there several times a year over for the last 5 years and are beginning to see some hope and progress.
The people of La Gonave are so welcoming and willing , their needs are sometimes so simple and for things we take for granted. I just hope more people can be aware of their needs and donate whatever they can to help !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been a part of this organization since the early 90's. The goal has always been to encourage and support the work of the Episcopal churches on the island of la Gonave, Haiti. First we started helping to build churches and schools. Now there are 10 churches, each with an adjoining school. Then we helped build a large health clinic in a mountainous area where there was no clinic. It now has a full time doctor, nutrition program and regularly conducts mobile clinics all around the island. There is an agriculture program, a goat program, adult literacy program, micro-finance program, school lunch program and it is growing in every area.
Haiti and especially la Gonave, Island is a beautiful place but it's location makes it vulnerable to extreme weather. It seems it is often two steps forward and one step backward.
That is why our partnership is so important. It is one focused on long-term relationships and partnership. It is not a one way mission. The Haitian people are a blessing to know and love. They pray for us and encourage us as we do for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the la Gonave Partnership for over 20 years by my membership in St Philips Episcopal church (1989-1999) and First (Scots) Presbyterian Church (2102-2017).
I have seen the people on the island of La Gonave (off the coast of Haiti) struggle through earthquakes, hurricanes, and droughts. An yet they survive!! The partnership is a group of like minded folks from all walks of life throughout the Southeast who have joined together to have their efforts actually improve and save lives. Some representatives from this partnership are in the country at least every 2-3 weeks throughout the year. That is many feet on the ground producing multi-sourced feedback as to how partnership monies are spent.

Oversight has been crucial, and until this day, the entire non profit has been run by a total volunteer staff. The donated dollars have been stretched and utilized to the penny in education, health care, agriculture and infrastructure (re-building of structures devastated in natural disasters and development of new resources).

Current members of the partnership have long term years experience working alongside the people of La Gonave, Haiti. We are guests of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, and are guided by the wisdom of the Haitian Priest, Per Vil Jean Madoche. The Maternal/Child Initiative has dramatically decreased the maternal and Infant mortality rate of the island. The School lunch, Medika Mamba Nutrition, and Goat Husbandry initiatives have dramatically decreased the child mortality rate of the island. Healthy people are productive, learn quickly, and realize that they are in control of their destinies. What a dynamic and exciting privilege it is to be a part of this La Gonave Haiti Partnership!

Board Member

Rating: 5

La Gonave Haiti Partners is an organization that understands what really matters in international development. In addition to focusing on programs that are sustainable and maximize impact, they also build long-term relationships with friends in Haiti and practice a "ministry of presence". Though it has a long track-record of success in the areas of education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development, this focus on mutuality and genuine friendship between partners is what really sets LGHP apart from other development organizations working in Haiti.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with La Gonave Haiti Partners through 2 dear friends who've been volunteering for years, perhaps since the group's inception. I follow their travels and work closely, and have been so impressed with the model this organization employs - listening to and partnering with the people of Haiti. Plus I love knowing that 100% of my donations go directly to the mission. That is incredibly rare.

Keep up the great work La Gonave Haiti Partners!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer with La Gonave Haiti Partners more than 25 years ago. The partnership model of listening first to the people living on the island of la Gonave encourages me to know and respond to the Haitians as friends and family. Concerns and issues are discussed and mutually addressed. The open communication between the US partners and Haitians partners has built an organization based on respect and trust. The relationships I have today far out way the small amount of service I have been able to provide.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I'm not a volunteer with La Gonave Haiti Partners, I had the opportunity to visit La Ganove and see the fruits of the collaboration between local residents and their U.S. partners. It's inspiring to see this level of mutual trust and respect. As a donor and someone with international development experience, I'm careful about how U.S. nonprofits insert themselves in global communities, exercise their power, and invest their resources. It was an inspiring experience to witness the extraordinary friendships that have emerged from this fruitful, cooperative partnership and more inspiring to observe the outcomes that have changed many people's lives. Many thanks to the Haitian and U.S. leaders of La Ganove Haiti Partners. You're a model!

Donor

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with this incredible not for profit organization through a friend who is a volunteer. La Gonave operates on the servant partner model in that its volunteers partner with the local Haitian people who know their communities and its needs. La Gonave then partner with the local leaders to help them help themselves. 100 % of LaGonave's donations support its mission as the organization itself is totally volunteer driven, thus NO administrative costs are taken from donations. Plus thanks and appreciation is immediate and personal. Impressive in every way.

Jane120

Advisor

Rating: 5

This partnership is focused on development aid that listens to the local people, focuses on their capacity, and empowers them for the long term. A great model!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for La Gonave Haiti Partners (and its predecessor organization) since 2004. We support the work of the Episcopal Parish on the Haitian island of La Gonave. While some of us are Episcopalians the majority are not. Our partners are located in 8 states. We have learned much over the years about how easy it is to do more harm than good by going into Haiti to "fix things." This partnership has the discipline to listen to the Haitians who know their needs best, and to act in responsible ways that contribute to sustainable initiatives that save lives, educate, and promote self-sufficiency. One step at a time. We are a Silver GuideStar Participant, meaning that we have earned the status of a well-run 501C-3 by the GuideStar the nation's premier non-profit database. To learn more go to lagonavepartners.org.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware of La Gonave Haiti Partners for a couple of years through two friends who volunteer many hours of their time per year to organize and fundraise. I had not however realized how the organization helps teach Haitians to develop their skills and small business enterprises to help themselves and their families. Women are empowered to work for themselves and whole families and communities benefit. After the most recent hurricane I wanted to donate to the relief efforts and it was an easy, very clear process to do so. I would highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone seeking to lend a hand in whatever way they feel fit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

La Gonave Haiti Partners is an amazing organization that succeeds in making a positive impact in the lives of the individuals and communitys it serves. Having traveled to La Gonave to volunteer as a physician in the Bill Rice clinic, I have worked with the local Haitian doctors and nurses the partnership supports and met the children and adults who benefit from the services they provide. I have seen first hand, the impact of such programs as their Medika Mamba program (which identifies children at risk for malnutrion and provides nutrtional supplements) or maternal child program (which identifies mothers at risk for preeclampsia/poor outcomes associated with pregnancy and intervenes preventing harm to mother and baby). In addition to healthcare, La Gonave Haiti Partners also supports the community through programs in education and agriculture. What I love most about this nonprofit is the way it works with the community and its leaders to provide desperately needed services in a collaborative and sustainable way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a physician, I have worked with a lot of non-profit organizations over the years. However, this organization is the most impressive I have ever had the chance to work with personally! It is a true partnership with the Haitian community in every sense of the word. All of the goals and initiatives come from what the local community has deemed important and include healthcare, child nutrition, adult literacy, small businesss/entrepreneurship, and a local goat program to name a few. Furthermore, the organization has made incredible achievements using an incredibly dedicated staff and a very limited budget. There are no Americans receiving compensation/salary and all of the money goes directly to the local effots. I am so inpired by the passion and efforts and of this partnership and would highly recommend it to ANYONE seeking to offer support to the Haitian people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This NGO does not travel to Haiti with solutions. LaGonave Haiti Partnership is based on listening. People in Haiti know what they need, they understand the problems and the challenges. The role of the partnership is to access resources. Through listening, the partnership has funded an adult literacy program staffed by Haitians. Learning about the tragic maternal health statistics prompted the establishment of a comprehensive prenatal health program led by two Haitian women who were trained by Midwives for Haiti. The partnership seeks comprehensive, locally based approaches to issues of healthcare, education and economic development. The most impressive fact? There are no employees, no administrative overhead. All volunteers pay their own travel costs.