At Help for Haiti, we are all about efficiencies. We partner with organizations to leverage aggregating by sea food container shipments, in country storage facilities, security, and warehousing.
We also share information, deliver joint-programs, and work together to benefit the Haitian people. Our belief is that many hands “make light work”. By partnering when it makes sense, we can leverage economies of scale, bulk purchasing rates, and build a stronger contingency to support the Haitian families that need help.
We are excited to partner with One Hen, Inc. to build upon our initiatives to educate and employ children in north Haiti. One Hen, Inc. educates and inspires children to become young social entrepreneurs through a series of lesson plans, learning tools and an international app designed to help develop and monitor business initiatives. One Hen, Inc. and its mission were inspired by an award-winning children’s book about a boy from Ghana who buys one hen and eventually becomes the largest chicken farmer in the country. We are partnering with One Hen, Inc. to translate the “One Hen Academy” into Creole, in order to bring this story of determination and empowerment to our communities in Haiti. With the help of One Hen, Inc., the children we feed and educate today will be tomorrow’s business leaders and agents of change.
Help for Haiti is proud to be a founding charity of the Annual Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids. Every year, Jim and others from the Help for Haiti team travel to Florida to participate in the 2-day, 160-mile ride that takes riders through communities that are ranked among the poorest in Florida, and in the entire U.S. Upon registering, every rider commits to raising at least $1500 to feed starving children in Florida and in Haiti. In 2015 a goal of 250,000 meals was set, and the numbers were blown away with a final count of 700,000 meals donated! Because Help for Haiti is a founding charity, the Pan-Florida Challenge donates some of the fundraised meals to the two schools we support in north Haiti. With the help of the Pan-Florida Challenge, we can provide a hot MannaPack meal to 430 hungry children every school day of the year. A huge thanks to Maura Plante for pulling together the event year after year!
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is one of Help for Haiti’s longest standing partnerships. FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children, who are hungry in both body and spirit. The organization produces a nutrient-dense food formula, called MannaPackRice, that is comprised of rice, extruded soy nuggets, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins and minerals. The formula is designed to save the lives of severely malnourished children, while also improving the health of those who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation.
Help for Haiti buys food in bulk from FMSC for our annual Food Pack event on the seacoast of New Hampshire. Every year, hundreds of volunteers gather to sort, pack and ship the meals to Haiti. Our partnership with FMSC allows us to purchase, package and send food to Haiti for just 27 cents a meal! This year, we plan to package 150,000 meals to feed 430 hungry children in north Haiti a hot lunch every single day of the school year. Want to help us reach our goal? Donate funds or sign up to volunteer!
Churches have been key partners for Help for Haiti. Without them we would not be where we are today. Bethany Church has provided hundreds of volunteers and support to the Spring Food Pack Event. Their Music Team provided music for the day and teams formed to setup the space and load and unload the truck. We are so thankful for all they have done. Thanks Bruce, Gene, Dirk, Karen – you rock!
Celebration Community Beach Church in Naples, Florida has been another key stone church to Help For Haiti. It was Pastor Gene who took Jim to Haiti in 2005, and his heart for Haiti has been a major motivator to our work. Additionally, Bill and Gordi have been with us every step of this journey. In the summer of 2012, they conducted a Help for Haiti Block Party, where members of the church bought cement blocks for $6 each. The $6 included the cost of the cement block, the cement, the sand and the labor in Haiti to construct two new rooms at the Marmalade School. By October, 2012 the project was finished with the $7,200 that was raised. See our blog from September 17, 2012 for more details. Thanks Gene, Bill and Gordi; you guys are amazing!