As a volunteer, who helped with many of the fund raisers in the past, it was good to see exactly where and how the money raised was used in taking the trips with the group that I did. I journeyed to Jeremie 3 times and each time was very inspirational and memorable. Sister Mary Ann Berard, who is the administrator of the medical clinic in Jeremie, is a prime example of Christ's love for all the people of the world. When I personally go there and see Sr. Mary Ann's hard work and dedication to the Lord, to HHF and to the many Haitians that she encounters each day, greatly inspires me. God Bless Sr. Mary Ann and all the many staff and volunteers that make the Haitian Health Foundation work so well.
Haitiian Health Foundation has been in my heart since my first trip to their clinic in Jeremie Haiti in 1999. A small group of us continue to work to help HHF with their mission for the poor of Jeremie. We personally see what a difference they make and the progress that has occured in Jeremie Haiti because of their presence there. Any money that goes to HHF is used for the good of the poor. They are committed to the people they serve and you too can help by supporting their Foundation.
This organization is incredible! I had the honor of traveling to Jeremie with Dr. Lowney, Marilyn and a few other wonderful people. They have given their lives to better the people of Haiti and their enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication and level of care are truly unparalleled. I recently started sponsoring a family of five for $25/month. Every single penny, (YES!!) goes to the family. The village votes on the family most in need of the sponsorship. There are a few families nominated, based on their size, illness, need, etc and then their peers choose the family they think is best to receive the aid. I can't think of a better way to run such a program! I've had the chance to see first hand the effect this organization has had on over 200,000 lives in Jeremie and surround villages.. it's heart-warming, incredible and inspirational.
This charity is the REAL DEAL. This is where you can be SURE that your donations will be well spent. Hardly any overhead, almost all of the money you donate goes directly to helping the poor of Jeremie, Haiti. I have traveled to Jeremie about 12 times and have seen firsthand the good that is done through the Haitian Health Foundation. It is by far the largest employer of Haitians for the surrounding 75 miles and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands through education, healthcare, construction, effort, and love.
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I've been involved with the Haitian Health Foundation since 1996. I started sponsoring a $25/month Save-a-Family and then began to learn more about this outreach to the people of the Jeremie, Haiti area. The more i learned, the more impressed i became. They have an overhead of around 8 percent (the Save-a-Family program has zero overhead because it is run by volunteers here and in Haiti). HHF keeps receiving the highest designation (4 stars) from a charity watchdog, Charity Navigator. They invite sincere people to accompany them on their quarterly visits to Haiti and I was able to go in 2006 and actually meet the family that I had been sponsoring for ten years at that point. They were the same people that had been in the picture given to me when I first signed up. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I now volunteer about 3 days a week to help maintain their database. I know firsthand that my donations are prudently used.
I've helped to load their quarterly containers with food, medicine and building supplies for Haiti for many years and I am so impressed with the staff at the Haitian Health Foundation in Norwich, CT. Their care and concern for the poor of Haiti is genuine and what they have accomplished in 25 years in Haiti is amazing. Their facilities in Jeremie, Haiti employ 170 people, mostly Haitians, and they see hundreds of people a day both in the clinic and in the villages that they visit because they are a distance away. Their progress record in treating illnesses is very impressive -- all documented. I am privileged to be able to help in a small way.
I volunteer for the Haitian Health Foundation in the headquarters in Norwich. HHF is an amazing organization. In Feburary of 2011 I had the opportunity to go to Haiti and see HHF in action first hand. I was amazed by just how much HHF really does. It seemed that HHF was everywhere I looked, and all of the local people had many praises for HHF and "Doctor Jerry".
For the holidays this year, we decided to get a goat, through the HHF in honor of all the kids in our family. Every year we try to do something to both honor the kids & to help them realize that there are so many people out there who are less fortunate than they are who are in need of more than toys & candy & cakes for the holidays. HHF sent us a picture of the goat that we donated, along with the family who received it. That message really hit home for the kids- more so than years past when we donated to larger organizations where the money was, I'm sure appreciated, but its use was never clearly defined. My children & their cousins still talk about that goat & that family & the Haitian Health Foundation & if they can do more to help. My kids personally have given me small contributions for this year's "holiday goat" as they are calling it now they want to help too. It's a lovely thing to see your children understand charity & to make a connection with a world that is bigger than they are. HHF really helps bridge the gap between the help they are providing and where your donations dollars are going. For my children to see the smile on a face and know that they were able to help someone, forces them to look at the global community and not just at the houses down the street.
I do also volunteer with the HHF- helping with some of their social media- but it's nice to see
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