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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !