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Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

  • Norwich, CT
  • www.HaitianHealthFoundation.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Health Care
  2. Community Development
  3. Education
  4. Feed-A-Child
  5. Save-A-Family
Service Areas

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International

Rural Southwestern Haiti, in the Grand'Anse. The Clinic and Center of Hope are located in the city of Jeremie, and our outreach is to Jeremie and over 100 rural mountain villages.

ruling year

1985

Board President

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Dr. Jeremiah Lowney Jr.

Keywords

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Haiti, Jeremie, Relief, Health Care

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Also Known As

HHF

EIN

06-1135999

 Number

2525856229

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Public Health Program (E70)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Haitian Health Foundation provides health care, development, relief, and the promise of a future to over 250,000 of the poorest people living in rural southwestern Haiti.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Health Care

HHF provides health care for over 250,000 of Jeremie's poorest residents.

OUTPATIENT CLINIC: HHF’s clinic in Jérémie provides the following:

Fully stocked pharmacy
Medical X-ray and sonogram—the only such services in the area
Clinical laboratory
Five patient examination rooms
Fully equipped and staffed dental clinic
Diabetes treatment center
Staff of physicians, dentists, nurses, technical assistants, etc.

In 2001, through the generous support of benefactors, the Center of Hope was constructed. The Center of Hope is a residential treatment facility for two of the most vulnerable and fragile populations in rural Haiti: at-risk pregnant women and severely malnourished children.The Maternal Waiting Home provides residential care for women in high-risk pregnancies. Village women previously had to walk for hours to receive treatment, travel in a “rickshaw” ambulance, or on the back of a motorcycle, often losing their children and their lives. This facility enables them to be close to the local hospital, helping to decrease maternal and newborn mortality. While at the Center of Hope, the women receive excellent prenatal care, nutritious meals, and clean and comfortable housing.

Public Health Outreach- HHF also provides health care services through a public health outreach to over 100 mountain village in the Jérémie area. Health services include: immunizations, de-worming, vitamins, well-baby care, frequent health checks (including weighing and nutritional/health counseling), and vitamin A distribution to prevent childhood blindness.There are over 100 rural mountain villages under Haitian Health Foundation’s “umbrella of care.” The villagers are committed to self-help, cooperation, and hard work for the health of the residents.

Where available, each village has a dedicated Health Agent—a resident Haitian who is trained to provide excellent health care, 24/7. The dedicated (or shared) Health Agents provide health education and primary care for between 3,000–4,000 rural villagers. Health agents also work to educate the community on preventative healthcare.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Budget

Program 2

Community Development

Happy Houses-

Since 1997, the HHF has been providing housing for the homeless and for poor families residing in hovels in rural southern Haiti.

Housing for many in rural Haiti is deplorable. Often, large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Vermin – including mice, rats, and insects – are impossible to control, and the straw roofs constantly leak or are blown away by even fairly mild rainstorms. Space is so sparse that people sometimes sleep in shifts.

Our Happy House program replaces these shacks with concrete block buildings with a cement floor, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients participate in building the houses by providing labor when possible, as well as sand, rocks, and water. The Happy House construction costs approximately $1,250 per house. Families often feel that their Happy House is a mansion when compared with their previous dwelling. The Happy House provides humane living conditions, improved sanitation and dignity. In addition:
Communities grow through cooperation and care for the extremely poor.
Protection from the elements and improved sanitation results in improved health.
Poor families are empowered through their contributions to the realization of their own home.
Trades workers and other laborers gain employment and opportunities to improve their skills.
The local economy benefits from the sale of building materials.

Clean Latrines Project- The building of latrines encourages sanitation and helps to curtail the spread of disease related to lack of proper waste disposal. To date, many hundreds of latrines have been built in Jérémie and surrounding villages.

Give a Goat Project- his project purchases and distributes goats to rural families who are chosen by local committees on the basis of economic status, participation in health education, and their commitment to the growth of their communities. These hardy animals are adaptive to hilly terrain and easy to raise.

The goat is bred, bartered, or used as a source of animal protein for people on meager diets. With average incomes of $90-$300 per year, it is next to impossible for the poor of Jérémie to purchase a goat without the help of good people who care about their survival. The goat project helps make Jérémie’s poor families more independent and self-sufficient, providing a crucial sense of dignity.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 3

Education

In Haiti, access to elementary and high school is neither free nor compulsory. With average incomes of less than $300 per year, parents cannot afford tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies for their children, depriving them of the right to an education, and ensuring continuing ignorance for the next generations. In fact, estimates are that less than 40 percent of children attend school and less than one percent graduate from high school.

Since 1988, our education programs have provided access to school for poor Haitian children, helping these students learn to read, write, sum, etc. and helping to ensure a better future for themselves as well as their country.

HHF also constructed and fully supports the St. Pierre School, a K-7 school in downtown Jérémie. Over 800 of the poorest children attend this school. HHF also provides a free lunch to the students, usually their only meal of the day. Teachers describe how these children come to school malnourished and lethargic—but within a few months of healthy lunches, they are active and fully participate in class!
In the school year 2015-2016, over 3,200 students attended school through HHF’s education program and the St. Pierre School. Your gift of $300 will provide for a year’s education for a poor child by providing tuition, uniforms, books, and shoes.

Past and current educational efforts of the Haitian Health Foundation, include:

- Supporting the creation of a school to teach welding to street boys—providing them with employable skills. Over 30 boys are in training at one time.

- Supporting the founding of a school of nursing in Jérémie, which graduates 18 nurses each year. The program is one of only five nursing schools in Haiti. HHF also provides a clinical practicum for the nurses in nutrition and public health.

-Continuing to send young men and women to universities in Port-au-Prince for advanced studies, including medical, nursing, medical technology, computer and accounting schools.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 4

Feed-A-Child

Feed-A-Child- Malnutrition is endemic in Haiti, and children and pregnant women are especially in need of food. With the recent inflation in food prices, and extreme devaluation of the local currency, adequate nutrition is even further beyond the reach of the poor. People talk of having “The Clorox”—hunger pangs so painful that it feels like one has swallowed bleach. Children lack sufficient calories to survive in rural Haiti with 15% dying before their fifth birthday. For $300 per year ($25 each month), sponsors provide hot, nutritious meals to malnourished children.

Children are also de-wormed, given vitamins and immunizations, and weighed to ensure that they are thriving, with caretakers receiving nutritional education. Currently, the Foundation is feeding over 1,500 children and prenatal/nursing women, with 100% of donor funds directly servicing this program. Ready to Feed-a-Child?

On the Center of Hope property, HHF also built a Feeding Pavilion. HHF feeds warm, protein-rich meals to several thousand children—children who are malnourished, but not sick enough to be admitted to the Center of Hope. Pregnant women are also fed at this pavilion. While the children and mothers are at the Feeding Pavilion, HHF uses the opportunity to conduct health checkups, especially on infants and children—for example, weight monitoring, vaccinations, de-worming, and maternal education. In addition, parents are provided more food to bring back to the other children at home.

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Program 5

Save-A-Family

Save-a-Family

Over 1,000 sponsors in the U.S., Europe and Canada donate $25 or more per month and are matched with needy Haitian families. This monthly support provides shelter, food, and education for children. In addition, donor families regularly send needed protein-rich food, clothing, and other supplies via container shipments from the U.S. Learn how you can begin to Save-a-Family.

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Population(s) Served

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Service Areas

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International

Rural Southwestern Haiti, in the Grand'Anse. The Clinic and Center of Hope are located in the city of Jeremie, and our outreach is to Jeremie and over 100 rural mountain villages.

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HAITIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

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Board President

Dr. Jeremiah Lowney Jr.

BIO

Jeremiah Lowney,DDS, MS, MPH, is a retired orthodontist who founded HHF in 1982. He has been volunteering his services and fundraising for the poor of Haiti ever since.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Jeremiah J Lowney

Retired Orthodontist

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