HTF stands with our partners in Haiti who have demonstrated consistently the capacity to achieve our mission of fostering hope and sustainability with dignity. Through innovative approaches, by hard work and dedication, and with staying power, our partners and the HTF network is a family united by unbreakable solidarity. Our partners are creating a future for Haiti by raising up a new generation of young leaders for Haiti. We are proud and grateful for the dedication of our partners in Haiti.
St. Joseph Family
The St. Joseph Family has been empowering children to empower others since 1985, when founder Michael Geilenfeld, a former Brother with Mother Teresa's Brothers of Charity, started a small home for boys living on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Wings of Hope, the second home in the St. Joseph Family, provides a true home environment for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities. The members of the Wings of Hope family are supported in achieving their fullest potential through regular classes, physical and occupational therapy, and daily affirmation of their value. The third member of the St. Joseph family is Trinity House. Trinity House hosts Lekol Sen Trinite, a day school in Jacmel for approximately 120 children, the Nouvo Vi Bakery, and the Rejoice School, a program that provides educational opportunities for restavek children.
Tetkole Pou Yon Demen Miyò ("Heads together for a better tomorrow") was founded through a relationship with one child on the street in Jacmel in 2001 and has grown to a community of more than 100 youth. At its community center in the heart of Jacmel, Tetkole provides meals, educational assistance, and mentors who work to integrate the community and families in cultivating a culture of positivity and creative problem-solving. Among some of the creative outlets Tetkole offers are field trips, jewelry and paper crafts, and a band that performs for groups in the Jacmel community. In 2010 Tetkole opened a temporary shelter where displaced children can stay while Tetkole staff work to find their families.
Fonkoze, Haiti's largest micro finance organization, helps its members climb the staircase out of poverty beginning with the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) program. Chemen Lavi Miyò, which means "Pathway to a Better Life" in Haitian Creole, brings Haiti's poorest women to self-sufficiency. Over the course of 18 months CLM case managers help members on the path to a better life by providing materials to construct a sturdy home, a latrine, a water filter, a choice of two income-generating assets, and healthcare through Partners in Health. Case managers travel to remote areas to visit with members each week to help them address any challenges and provide ongoing life skills training. The CLM program has worked with 2,550 women to date with a 96% graduation rate.
The Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) develops leaders for a more just society in Haiti by providing needs- and merit-based university scholarships. HELP also supports its scholars by providing housing, leadership classes, English classes, internships and other resources. HELP began with one student, Isemonde Joseph, in 1997. Isemonde's former teacher, Conor Bohan, encouraged her to pursue her dream of studying medicine and paid for her first year's tuition and books. This relationship between one student and one teacher has grown to a community of more than one hundred scholars and dedicated staff. Over ninety-five percent of HELP graduates are currently employed or pursuing graduate studies and 84% of HELP graduates remain in and work in Haiti.
PAZAPA (step by step) has been providing treatment and education for and raising awareness about children with special needs since 1987. PAZAPA is based in Jacmel, but provides services for the entire Southeast department of Haiti. In addition to providing clinics and outreach to reach families learning to raise children with disabilities, PAZAPA advocates for the integration of children with disabilities in mainstream schools and works to reduce their stigmatization in society.