Haiti Outreach is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose principal working base is in Pignon, Haiti, located in the central plateau, and has an executive office in Minnesota, USA. Since 1997 our partnerships and collaborations have focused on community initiated development projects in rural Haitian communities.
Our goal is to share the responsibility of achieving our mission with both national and local governments, as well as community groups and citizens. We provide training, technical and management skills, and financial assistance to create sustainable projects. It is a hand-up, not a hand-out.
Haiti Outreach is a registered non-profit organization not only in the United Sates, but also with the Haitian government and is recognized as a private voluntary organization (PVO) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“For Haiti To Become A Developed Country”
It really can be stated that simply. It means is that there is adequate food and clean water, proper sanitation and medical care, maintained roads and electricity, and education and employment opportunities for all of the people of Haiti.
“To collaborate with the people of Haiti to build community initiated and maintained projects that advance their development.”
This is how we operate – this is what we do – in order to bring this vision into reality. Each part of our mission statement is very important in describing what we do:
- We collaborate with the people of Haiti – All are included in the conversation and partnership – neighbors, community groups, local governments and the national government in both rural and urban Haiti. Our method aims to shift the responsibility for clean water to the community and government rather than Haiti Outreach.
- Projects are community initiated – Our projects are initiated by the people in these communities, not by us. Community participation and responsibility continues throughout the entire life of any project, from beginning to end, and then beyond.
- Projects are community maintained – A crucial aspect of our projects is that they are created to be sustainable on a long-term basis. Our projects are thus designed to develop Haiti, not just provide relief. Community groups use the economy, the exchange of money for services, to sustain these projects so that they are not dependent on us for their maintenance and repair. Even though most people are very poor, they contribute something for the services they receive. These funds are saved by the community, supervised publicly with transparency, to be used as needed for the project’s upkeep.