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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

1 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is an outstanding organization; our experience has been outstanding; we are completely blessed by our relationship and time in Jeremie Haiti, and continue our support with gifts of time, talent and treasure.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is a beacon of hope for the poorest of the poor in Jeremie and the surrounding rural area. I was given the honor of being able to travel with the HHF to Jeremie, Haiti and I witnessed firsthand how well equipped the HHF is to handle a variety of urgent needs such as neonatal and maternal care, dentistry, education, sanitation, housing, proper nutrition, and so much more. Just about every dollar donated goes directly to the people of Haiti and I cannot think of a more deserving non-profit organization to donate my time and money to. The experience that I have had, and continue to do so, far exceeds any expectation which is why I continue to volunteer for 5 years and counting!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express how devoted, dedicated, and unwavering HHF, their staff and administration (both in the USA and abroad) is to the people of Jeremie, Haiti. My father has been involved with this organization and boasting of their work for years and more recently I have been blessed/privileged to see their work first-hand while volunteering at their clinic in Haiti. It is nothing short of many miracles to see what affect their passion has had on these people. I've never had such a transparent experience with any other non-profit organizations, when it comes to knowing how my donations dollars are spent, which makes it that much easier to give. I cannot praise this organization enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been impressed and moved by the unwavering belief, compassion and support that the Haitian Health Foundation has for the people of Haiti. I volunteered for a field work week in 2004 with this charity, helping HHF provide dental and medical relief and programs to the people of southwest Haiti. I witnessed firsthand how donations to the Haitian Health Foundation are utilized to bring healing and hope to the people they serve and how HHF is training key people in these communities to be their own health advocates alongside the staff of HHF. Because of the solid infastructure of the Haitian Health Foundation clinic in Jéremie, Haiti, the resources of HHF are tapped, as in the event of the earthquake of 2010 and now Hurricane Mathew, beyond the daily needs of the immediate region that the charity serves. I cannot recommend a more purposeful , accountable and effective charity, an organization that gives hope to a population often forgotten.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haitian Health Foundation is the real deal. Extremely low overhead coupled with superior skill, care, and dedication make THIS the organization to whom your charitable givi g should be directed. I have personally volunteered with HHF in Haiti each year for the past 19 years and can vouch for the integrity and effectiveness of this wonderful charity. The Haitian Health Foundation employs almost 200 Haitians in the most hurricane damaged area of Haiti and truly is THE beacon of hope in the Jeremie area. The clinics of HHF survived the Hurricane very well but are about the only buildings that did. Please give money today to HHF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a staff person in the Jeremie Clinic of Haitian Health Foundation in the late nineties and returned as a volunteer recently. The compassionate outreach in so many areas of need is amazing. The ministry encompasses service to patients in the Clinic, but also assists local people and those who live in surrounding villages with health care, housing, clean water, education of children, donated animals as a means for livelihood,and education of parents in childcare just to name some. I have witnessed and rejoiced in seeing the growth of this compassionate ministry grow from a clinic in Jeremie to serve thousands of people in surrounding areas where poverty is so evident.Dr Lowney and his staff are to be commended for their wonderful ministry.

1 Bones58

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this charity. I have been on dental missions with HHF the last 4 years and I am scheduled to go again in 2017. The staff couldn't be nicer and the vast majority of the donations get to where it needs to be, the poor people of Jeremie. My wife and I sponsor a family and buy goats for poor families in lieu of Christmas presents for each other. I have no reservations recommending this charity to my friends and relatives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered from time to time for this organization while I lived in CT. I have rarely seen such dedicated and honest people who cared so deeply for the cause they worked for. I know my time & donations that I gave to HHF directly benefited the people of Haiti and that I helped a wonderful organization and as small as my gifts were, that they were appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You will not find a nonprofit run by more dedicated people anywhere. HHF's volunteers and staff in the US and Haiti are absolutely dedicated to easing suffering and giving people a much needed hand up in the poorest country in our hemisphere. The range of programs is staggering, from health care to home building to goat gifts. And all done on a relatively small budget with very low overhead.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HHF is a family-run non-profit and I have known the family for over twenty years. They are completely dedicated to Haiti and the cause of bringing excellent health care to a part of Haiti that has almost no other health facilities or trained medical personnel. The main clinic in Jeremie, Haiti is the center of the foundation's programs but over the years the work has expanded to address other vital needs like housing, health and nutrition classes, and specialized care for expectant mothers. Programs like the goat program help Haitian families generate their own income. The health agent program trains (and employs) Haitians to treat basic medical needs and offer preventative medicine in villages far from Jeremie. From the beginning, HHF has had nuns running the administrative aspects of the clinic in Haiti -- although religion has nothing to do with the services they offer in Haiti. So the nuns live in the clinic in Haiti, are part of the local community, and are known for being completely honest in financial dealings. The entire HHF operation in Connecticut is no-frills and you can see in one visit that they run things frugally and put every penny of donated funds to work in Haiti. Dozens of volunteers from the US (including both trained doctors and nurses and non-medical people) visit the clinic each year for a week at a time to help out -- so you can go see their amazing work on the ground in Haiti for yourself, You may have to wait though -- they are often booked for several trips in advance. Imagine a charity where people will wait eagerly for months or years to volunteer!

Linda162

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HHF is the best. Unbelievalbe work; always puts people first. Best value for your donation. I have seen first hand the effects of donations. HHF is making a huge difference in Jermie Haiti and surrounding areas, one life at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is great! I do a good amount of volunteer work in a vast number of fields from Habitat to Healthcare. This organization I can say by far is the one I have most enjoyed. Unfortunately the headquarters are very far from me here in New Orleans so fundraising efforts have been left to my own organization. I have been working with the fine people in this organization for the past 6 years and have to say that this is a perfect example of a non-profit with a focused mission, it gets messy out there with other non-profits when you don't know what your money or efforts are really going towards. My group will be hosting benefit concerts for the holiday season in Portsmouth NH starting on the 23rd and every Sunday Jan 6th. If you are in the area please join us! We are also planning a mission trip for the summer of 2013. For more information on the NH chapter contact me at: boukmancoq@gmail.com We will also be doing supplies runs to Connecticut December 31st.