Dlo pwop se lavi — bwe dlo pwop

 

Clean Water Is Life — Drink Clean Water

 

We are happy to provide this summary of activities and finances for Hands Helping Haiti for our fiscal year, July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.  Hands Helping Haiti is a faith-based organization that is working alongside our Haitian sisters and brothers through self-help programs intended to empower families and break the cycle of poverty through education, better health, clean water and sanitation.  Hands Helping Haiti is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Illinois, Federal Tax ID # 46-0609237.  Hands Helping Haiti has three focus areas – Medical, School and Water.

 

During the 2015-2016 year:

Annual Report — July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

The Medical Program held two clinics in Savanette, Haiti.  Approximately 400 patients were seen including the students and families from the Modern School of Savanette.

The School Program assists the Modern School of Savanette by providing classrooms, a lunch program and subsidizing tuition.  During the past school year the school had 150 students in eight grades, two preschool grades, a kindergarten and first through fifth grades.  Twenty people are employed as teachers, teacher aids, a cook, janitor, security and administrator.  The school is operated as a Haitian organization that is self-supporting, except for HHH providing the classroom buildings, lunch program and reduced tuition.  The school is also assisted by Digicel Foundation, based in Haiti, which provides training for the teachers and administrator.  The annual tuition for each student is approximately $58 USD.

The Water Program produces and installs biosand water filters in homes.  We are the only production facility in the Sud-Est Department and network with other NGO’s when possible to expand our reach.  During the past year we provided filters for Haiti Mission Connection, working in Bodarie, and Norfolk Academy, working in Clory.  We conducted a training workshop to train technicians from Bodarie and Clory.  During the year we installed 270 filters in the Bainet, Lavaneau, Clory and LaMontagne areas.  Our partnership with Haiti Mission Connection allowed them to install 228 filters in the Bodarie area.  Our total production and installation for the year was 498 filters.  The total number of people reached with filters and hygiene education was approximately 5,000 people.  This was our first year in the new Jacmel Water Facility which has allowed us to increase production by 50%.  The water project employs 8 people, including technicians, a carpenter and a driver.

 

We have two websites – www.handshelpinghaiti.com and www.haitiwaterproject.org.   Both websites have more detailed information, photographs and links.