Haiti Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Minnesota in the U.S. and Pignon, Haiti, that works with communities in Haiti on water, education and other projects that the communities initiate, help build and sustain. We operate using a 4-point community development model for long term sustainability to ensure that the projects will last over a long period of time. In order for this to happen, a maintenance program based on an economic system – a community savings account to which all users contribute and from which future repairs can be paid – is created and used. Our work is based on a grassroots effort involving community responsibility, participation and ownership, unlike many well-intentioned “development” projects that lack this economic sustainability element and end up creating a dependency.
Haiti Outreach is based in the town of Pignon, Haiti, in the north-central part of the country on National Route 3, where we currently employ 41 people who do our community development work. We are a registered non-profit organization with the Haitian government and recognized as a private voluntary organization (PVO) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information check out the links below:
- The Vision and Mission of Haiti Outreach
- The History of Haiti Outreach
- Haiti Outreach Staff and Board of Directors
- Our Philosophy
- Haiti Outreach Publications
Haiti is a small nation located in the Caribbean Sea on the western third of the island of Hispaniola just 600 miles off the coast of Florida. This tiny nation was once known for its lush, natural beauty, but today is one of the poorest countries in the world. Each and every day the people face the crippling effects of poverty, undrinkable water, high infant mortality, poor medical care, illiteracy and high unemployment. However, given the opportunity, the Haitian people will help themselves. Haiti Outreach is committed to providing that opportunity.