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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer