November 25, 2013
The government department, Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE) in Haiti, held a summit for all non-government organizations (NGO) to explain the new regulations within the Vision 2030 plan. The goal of Vision 2030 is for Haiti to become an emerging market (developing country) by the year 2030. By emerging market, the government intends to:
- Attract investments from companies in other countries such as the United States and Venezuela.
- Increase transparency and effective use of country resources
- Focus on replacing aid with investment
- Increase NGO emphasis on training and education
MPCE is actively working to increase the effectiveness of the aid that is coming into Haiti to make sure it aligns with the Vision 2030. This results in additional reporting both at the onset and ongoing throughout the process of projects that are funded by NGOs.
The work of Haiti Outreach aligns perfectly with Vision 2030, as all our work is based on community development that is requested by and maintained by the communities of Haiti. We believe, as does the MPCE, that for Haiti to become an emerging market, the Haitian people need to be educated on and involved with any development that happens within their communities. This is the basis for our community development program. We are enthusiastic that the government has made a declaration to work closely with NGOs to accomplish their vision.
November 21, 2013
K. Neil Van Dine is a founder and serves as the Country Director for Haiti Outreach. He has been with Haiti Outreach since it’s inception in 1997.
After moving to Haiti in 1989, Neil participated in many activities such as building, teaching at and running a Vo-tech school, as well as participating in reforestation, rain-water collection, solar ovens and manufacturing, all in a volunteer capacity. He worked for International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Gonaives, Haiti and Provo, Turks and Caicos and after which he returned to Pignon, Haiti to pursue his dream of helping Haiti become a self-sustaining, developed country. In 1997, Neil met with several individuals from other non-profits in Minnesota to discuss his philosophy of what is needed for Haiti to become a self-sustaining, developed country. Neil’s philosophy is based on 4 key principles: Authority, Responsibility, Accountability and Transparency. After deciding to work together and form Haiti Outreach, Neil and others used this development philosophy as the basis for our Community Development model, which we use for all the communities who wish to receive a clean water well.
Neil has six children aged 9 months to 27 years old and lives in Pignon with his wife Roberta. He has a B.S. in mathematics and a Master’s degree in civil engineering with a concentration in water. He, along with Haiti Outreach, has been instrumental in defining water and sanitation standards throughout Haiti. His passion for a developed Haiti has helped thousands of Haitian people envision a different future. We are so fortunate to have him at Haiti Outreach.
November 1, 2013
The community of Ravin Gwayav requested a well from Haiti Outreach in September of 2012. After waiting over a year, thanks to the generous support of guests at the Fall Gala, we now have the funding necessary to begin. The development program is underway in this community of 280 people. Their current water source (pictured above) is 50 minutes away and is unsanitary. The community is committed to doing their part to make this process work. We rely on donations to accomplish our vision of Haiti becoming a developed country, so thank you to everyone who donated! To learn more about adopting a community yourself, go to http://www.haitioutreach.org/adopt-a-well/
October 25, 2013
Jonise began working for Haiti Outreach in 2009 as the manager of Kay Visite, our guesthouse. She continues in that role along with adding the role of Office Administrator of the Pignon headquarters. She is responsible for financial planning, billing, record keeping, personnel, and logistics within the organization. She is described as diligent and dedicated to making sure the office procedures are effective and streamlined.
She was born in San Raphael, Haiti and studied Psychology at the Université Franco-Haitienne in Cap Haitien, Office Admistration at Infocap College, and Social Communication at the Cap Haitien Institute of Technology.
We are so thankful that Jonise is a part of the Haiti Outreach team!
October 21, 2013
For more than five decades, the U.S. government has sponsored the Combined Federal Campaign – the world’s largest workplace fundraising drive.
Each fall, beginning in September, federal employees – civilian, military and postal – are invited to support eligible national and local charities.
Almost one million employees pledge about a quarter billion dollars each year. Employees choose the groups they wish to support from a list of charities that have submitted applications and been deemed qualified by the CFC. More than 2,500 national organizations and 22,000 local organizations qualify for the Campaign annually.
Donors may give once or request that a specific amount be withheld from their paychecks throughout the following calendar year. Employees overwhelmingly select the ongoing payroll deduction program. We would love your support!
Haiti Outreach qualified for the CFC and is a part of the Village-by-Village campaign.
Haiti Outreach’s CFC Code is 62978 (EIN: 39-1671687). Taxonomy Codes: S: Community Improvement, Capacity Building W: Public and Societal Benefit, Q: International, Foreign Affairs.
Haiti Outreach’s vision is for Haiti to become a developed country, with clean water, proper sanitation, adequate food and medical care, basic infrastructure like good roads and electricity, and education and economic opportunities for everyone. Our focus is on water and sanitation, and we have helped build several public schools in the central plateau area surrounding Pignon, Haiti.
Haiti Outreach’s mission is to collaborate with the people of Haiti to build and maintain community-initiated projects that advance the development of the country.
Haiti Outreach’s work is distinguished by the following:
- We collaborate with the people of Haiti. We work with neighbors, community groups, local government and the national government in rural Haiti and populated areas.
- We build and maintain projects. A crucial aspect of our projects is that they are created to be sustainable on a long term basis
- Our projects are community-initiated. The community comes to us with a written letter requesting our assistance. Community participation and responsibility continues through the entire life of the project.
October 3, 2013
The community of Sentyak, in the commune of Pignon, inaugurated their well on February 25, 2013. In the community of 59 houses, 80% subscribe to the well. During a follow up inspection in July, Haiti Outreach determined that 3 of the 5 well committee members no longer lived in the community and the well guard had resigned. As these issues are critical to the long-term success of the community managed well, a decision was made to close the well.
Pictured here are the well committee members meeting with local authorities and Haiti Outreach to discuss the solutions needed to get their well operating again. The community of Sentyak is taking responsibility for electing their new well committee members and hiring a new guard so that they can restore water to the community again.
This story illustrates the importance that Haiti Outreach puts on the 4 principals of the community development program-accountability, responsibility, transparency, and authority. People moving and changing jobs are facts of life in many areas of the world. Haiti Outreach, thru the community development training, helps the community of Sentyak deal with the responsibility of their well and to be held accountable to following the provisions set forth by the well committee. The community of Sentyak, along with local officials and Haiti Outreach are coming together to find a solution that helps them build a sustainable future that includes clean water.
September 19, 2013
Dale Snyder, Haiti Outreach Executive Director, visited the community of La Fontane in July. This community of 500 needed to walk ¾ mile to get water prior to contacting Haiti Outreach regarding their need for clean water.
As you can see from the picture below, the river was very unsanitary as it was used for washing clothes, bathing, swimming and by animals in the area.
People – usually children – needed to make the journey to get water several times a day. This need prevented kids from attending school regularly and adults from tasks needed to earn a living. The community development training and well drilling took place in 2010.
Today, the well is open twice a day and is about 5-10 minutes away from the homes within the community, which makes it much easier for kids to attend school and adults additional time to perform more productive labor for their families.
In addition, community members would acknowledge that the clean water well has impacted the health of their children in a significant manner. Their children were ill on a regular basis in the past but now are healthy. The community of La Fontane is thrilled with their clean water well and the impact it has had on their community. In their words, “Mesi Haiti Outreach”.
To learn more about La Fontane, and how you can make an impact in Haiti, join us at the Annual Fall Gala where this community is profiled in a short video. Click here to register.
September 16, 2013
Virginia Environmental Group supports Haiti Outreach with Clean Water Project
“Caring for Creation” is a group of members of Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Va, whose focus is on the environment. Located on a branch of the Elizabeth River, the group has been quite active in testing and improving water quality and planting marsh grass.
Member Paul Clancy visited Haiti several years ago as a journalist and saw first hand the daily struggle to obtain safe drinking water. It was his suggestion that they focus on Haiti. With their increased attention on water issues, Caring for Creation decided to focus this year on becoming involved in an international clean water project. “We did quite a bit of research about organizations we might partner with and unanimously chose Haiti Outreach”, explained Clancy.
This is the first time Caring for Creation has taken on a project like this. “Every dime of the funds we’re raising will go to Haiti Outreach. We’re hoping for $15,000 by the end of the year.” As of September 1st, they are at $10,000 and have a few more activities planned for this fall to raise the additional $5,000 needed to reach their goal.
Caring for Creation has chosen to adopt the community of Yayou. The money raised will be used to provide to the community development training and to drill the well. Pictured below is the current source of water for this community of 500 people.
Some of the interesting things Caring for Creation has done to raise money for Haiti Outreach include a musical performance, a plant and herb sale, a tap-water-only pledge, and a water bottle and reusable grocery bag sale. The group has also been very successful in producing birthday and anniversary cards that prompt parishioners to pledge their special days for the cause. The group has a table every Sunday at coffee hour where they promote the program and this fall, they are planning a “recycled treasures” event in which they’ll sell used items donated by church members and friends. A “Wine for Water” event will follow soon thereafter. If you’d like to learn more about how you can support Haiti Outreach thru “Caring for Creation”, please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/210120495685456. If you’d like to learn more about how you can “adopt” a community and provide them with clean water, please go to www.haitioutreach.org/adopt-a-well/about-the-adopt-a-well-program.
September 9, 2013
Roge Michel was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in the town of Hinche, where he still resides today with his wife and two children. He has worked for Haiti Outreach for over 10 years as an Animator, Project Supervisor and now Director of Community Development in Haiti. The animators work directly with the well committees and community members to train them on all aspects of clean water and sanitation as well as teaching them the skills necessary to maintain the well long term. Clean water and sanitation are key components to the health of the people in Haiti. This community development focus promotes the concept of the Haitian people building a sustainable future for their communities. Roge brings great value to the work of Haiti Outreach, and we are thrilled he can join us again at the Fall Gala on September 28th. Don’t miss your chance to meet him! RSVP today before the price goes up starting Sunday the 15th!
August 30, 2013
Please join us for our Annual Fall Gala on September 28th! It’s sure to be a FUN and memorable evening. We will have a wonderful dinner, silent and live auctions, along with festive music and more! There will be “Great Gatherings” for which you can sign up to continue the wonderful friendships you make at the Fall Gala.
Some of the amazing live auction items you could purchase are: A One Week Condo at a destination of your choice all over the world, Timberwolves and Twins Tickets, Cocktail Party on Vintage Wooden Boat touring Lake Minnetonka, Rare African Ebony Sculpture, Classic Bicycle, and more! There will also be a rich variety of Silent Auction Items.
In addition, the community of La Fontaine will be featured in a short video for you to learn more about the wonderful work we do in Haiti.
Please join us! Click here to reserve your seats now and get the Early Bird Discounted Price!