Haiti

 

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On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti. An estimated 3 million people were directly affected by the calamity with the death toll reaching more than 200,000. Tens of thousands of residences and businesses were destroyed in this country, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

In 2010 Headwaters Relief Organization responded to the disaster by sending 12 volunteers to provide mental health support. Since then, Headwaters Relief has taken an active role in providing direct support for several hundred children as they slowly and painstakingly recover.

Believing in the possibilities of all children, Headwaters Relief has worked closely with two orphanages and two schools in Haiti, routinely delivering food, clothing, medical and school supplies—as well as hope–in this nation that continues today to face enormous political and economic challenges.

In addition to our ongoing relief efforts, we have helped put a new roof on the New Grace School and built canopied picnic tables for the Bryant Institution Lingual School.

During our work in Haiti, one of our partners suggested that a book for children would be helpful should another earthquake strike, as well as calm them as they experience aftershocks that still occur today. Our book, When Haiti Shakes is a direct result of this.

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Our work has also entailed purchasing a peanut butter maker to help start a new business. These and other activities have been made possible by the generous and thoughtful support of hundreds of individuals and businesses.

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Looking ahead, we will continue to do what we can to provide basic support to a small but important group of children in Haiti. We need your help to continue this work. Please support our efforts to help Haiti recover.

Haiti News Posts

  • Headwaters Relief Organization’s Medical Trip to Haiti - Headwaters Relief Organization traveled to Haiti in March, with a medical team performing clinics in a remote part of Haiti and seeing nearly 350 patients in 4 days.  Members of the team also conducted research studying the impact of disaster on children, a research project being done in conjunction with Georgetown University.  The team of doctors were also able to visit our sponsored orphanages to see to the medical needs...
  • Supporting Public Health in Haiti - Headwaters’ most recent trip to Haiti included a public health outreach initiative in the country’s southern region, undertaken with the support of the Ministry of Education. Traveling out from Port-au-Prince, team members distributed printed public health guides (donated by KNOCK Inc.) and lead presentations to caregivers and young people about prevention strategies against vector-borne illnesses including Zika, malaria and Dengue fever. The outreach also provided information about protections against cholera,...
  • One Child at a Time - Luxon Boursiquot, director of Life Christian Orphanage in Haiti sent us this video to share with the individuals who are sponsoring the orphans. Thank you sponsors!
  • Headwaters Expands Zika Prevention and Education in Haiti with Donation from SC Johnson - Headwaters is pleased to announce a major donation from SC Johnson of nearly 90,000 cans of OFF!® Deep Woods® and OFF!® FamilyCare personal repellant.  This donation will provide families with preventative resources against mosquitoes that may carry disease, complimenting two years of Headwaters’ public health education and initiatives in Haiti. Working on the ground in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, Headwaters has built a network of trusted NGO partners....
  • Jameson Leo Reflections on Haiti, Student Life in the U.S - Reflections on Haiti, Student Life in the U.S. When Jameson Leo returns to his home in Haiti, he will not only have in his hand a B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from Metropolitan State University, he will also be bringing a new renewed belief in helping others and carrying forward the work of NGOs like Headwaters. Here Leo tells us about his journey over the past five years, his take...
  • A Conversation with a Passionate Volunteer - A Conversation with a Passionate Volunteer Nepolina Chhetri connected with Headwaters team members by chance at the New Delhi airport while both were en route to Nepal in May 2015. Since then, she has joined Headwaters on a subsequent trips to Nepal and later Haiti in the spring of 2016. Combining a deep intellect (she holds four degrees, including recently earning a J.D. with an emphasis on U.S. regulatory affairs...
  • Headwaters Responds to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti - Volunteers on an October trip to Haiti brought food and supplies to children and families affected by Hurricane Matthew in southwestern Haiti. The situation was bleak for many residents in the area – the 200+ people who received food had not eaten for at least 10 days. Volunteers also delivered hygiene supplies to help prevent illness and conducted hygiene education. The individuals reached were particularly grateful for the medical support...
  • Supply Delivery in Haiti - Our partner, Jonathon Euler, who leads efforts with Beehive International Haiti,  sent a few quick videos of our supplies being delivered in Jeremie, Haiti. Difficult conditions continue to exist in southern Haiti where even basic supplies are still hard to come by after Hurricane Matthew tore through the country. Please support our ongoing mission to help the people of Haiti, visit our donation page for more information. View a photo...
  • Hope for Haiti’s Children - The Haiti 100 Campaign will make a difference for 100 children in Haiti, a country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and where Headwaters has made a long-term commitment to support children at several schools and orphanages. We are asking you to join our volunteers who are raising funds to provide food, clothing, shoes, school supplies and healthcare for these children in need. We are also pleased to announce that...
  • happy haitian children Sweet Dreams for Children in Haiti - Mattresses being delivered to the children at Life Christian orphanage, a longstanding Headwaters partner in Haiti. Our heartfelt thanks to all the donors who made this possible and especially Tom Newton, Sandrine Beaujard, Reggie Reyes, and Margaret Thorpe Richards for leading this effort. Thanks to the generosity of so many, our children will snuggle down to sweet dreams!