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C. L. Fisher

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Review for Haitian Health Foundation, Inc., Norwich, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Haitian Health Foundation, Inc., Norwich, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The trip to Haiti that I took with HHF gave me a chance to see their work in person -- and also to see the abject poverty that most Haitians are living in. It was an amazing experience and it was so obvious what a beacon of hope the clinic is for so many people in Jeremie and beyond.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I truly can't think of anything. HHF is the kind of charity that truly appreciates its volunteers and donors and does incredible work in a place where the basic needs of the people are overwhelming.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Nothing, just my experience with HHF in Connecticut.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I donate on a regular basis but also try to give extra money when there is a special need --like after the big earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is grassroots charity at its best. Their outreach to donors and volunteers in the US includes personal effort by the people who run HHF. The services and programs offered in Haiti address specific local needs. HHF has always been focused on the long haul in Haiti and has never been a fly-by-night operation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Donor & Over the years, I have worked in the Connecticut office, helped out with various special projects in Connecticut, and I traveled once to Haiti to help out for a few days with writing a major grant proposal.