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Reiser Relief

  • Coon Rapids, MN
  • http://www.reiserrelief.org/

Mission Statement

To provide relief, hope and dignity to the poor, elderly and homeless people of Haiti.

Main Programs

  1. Water Ministry
  2. Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve in Cite Soleil, Haiti, in other areas in Port au Prince Haiti, and in Donte, Haiti.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ann Brau

Keywords

Self-reported

Haiti, Minnesota, relief, poor, elderly, homeless

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EIN

87-0778133

 Number

3052875069

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Reiser Relief focuses on five ministries.

Our water ministry delivers free clean water to the poor in Cite Soleil, Haiti, 6 days per week, 52 weeks per year. This directly benefits the poor and most vulnerable through disease prevention and by lessening the tremendous effort and cost of obtaining water.

Our education ministry provide hope for a brighter future for approximately 1,000 primary and secondary students at two different schools where Reiser Relief pays teacher salaries. This allows school fees to remain affordable to poor families who would otherwise be unable to send their children to school. We also provide university scholarships to 13 Haitian students from disadvantaged families who are studying at various universities in Port au Prince.

Our elder care ministry is a partnership with a Haitian order of Catholic nuns who provide dignified end of life care to 25 elderly women who were found abandoned in desperate situations in Port au Prince.

Our orphan care ministry includes the construction of dormitories and a feeding center that cares for 60 orphans in Titanyen, Haiti. These children thrive in a faith based environment where they receive education, health care, food, water and unconditional love.

Food ministry involves a partnership with Feed My Starving Children. We fund the shipment of containers of nutritious food to Haiti and manage its distribution to our school partners and other areas of need in Port au Prince.

Programs

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Program 1

Water Ministry

Operate a water truck making deliveries of free clean water to Cite Soleil, Haiti, 6 days per week, 52 weeks per year

Category

International Relief

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Education

Pay teacher salaries at 2 schools in disadvantaged areas of Haiti allowing 1,000 poor children to receive an education. Provide university scholarships to 13 students from Cite Soleil, Haiti.

Category

International

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$32,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve in Cite Soleil, Haiti, in other areas in Port au Prince Haiti, and in Donte, Haiti.

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Reiser Relief, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Reiser Relief

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Principal Officer

Ann Brau

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"By Founder Fr. Bernard Reiser

In 1996 I went to Haiti with Brother DePaul.  It was one of the most emotional trips I have ever experienced.  I had seen slums in major cities of China, in Cairo, Egypt, and those in Mexico City. None of them would compare to the tragic realities of Cite Soleil, the slum of Port au Prince in Haiti, populated by 300,000 people. The poverty and desperate situations I witnessed tore my heart.

Their homes were one room shacks made of scrap lumber and corrugated steel. The interiors with dirt floors were furnished with a couple of old chairs, cooking space in the corner, and a worn rug on which 3 or 4 occupants slept. Piled in front of the dwellings were mounds of garbage, nearly 6 feet high. Sewage ran in open cement troughs along the dirt streets. A ditch with stagnant water and garbage ran through part of the city.  In the distance was a huge garbage dump with people climbing about looking for food and most anything.

People lined the streets attempting to sell trinkets and items of food brought down from the mountain villages. If they didn't sell, the people would sleep on the side of the street for the night and be ready the next day.  I was warned not to drink any water from stands on the street, or I would he sick for at least a week. One unfortunate person in our group drank the water and paid the consequence.

I visited schools after a night's rain. The dirt floors were a sea of ankle-deep mud.  I visited one hospital, cared for by Americans doctors, in which there was one ward the size of a gym floor that had at least 80 beds, a dramatic contrast to our hospitals in America.

 The tragic realities of Cite Soleil, the slum of Port au Prince The poverty and desperate situations I witnessed tore my heart

It would take many pages to speak of all I saw in 7 days. As I left the island, there was a burning in my heart and soul that I needed to do something to make a change in as many of these peoples' lives as possible."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ann Brau

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