Making a Difference
We continue to make a difference in the lives of many Haitian residents, but it is only possible with your support. Your donations and volunteer efforts allow us to continually improve healthcare, education and development and relief programs in the Jérémie area.
And with your support, we’ve been able to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Haitian residents under our umbrella of care. Behind every statistic there is the face of a small child or woman who is experiencing a better quality of life thanks to your support. Thanks to the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) and its supporters…
Over 80% of children under six months are exclusively breastfed to at least six months, compared to the national Haitian average of less than three percent. Exclusive breastfeeding results in healthier children, excellent natural immunization, and better birth spacing through lactational amenorrhea.
A 50% reduction in bacterial pneumonia death rate of children under five was achieved—as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—using local, well-trained health agents. (Bacterial pneumonia is one of the leading causes of childhood death in the Third World.) Another leading cause of childhood deaths, diarrhea, has been significantly reduced in HHF villages, using pennies’ worth of salt and sugar to replace lost electrolytes.
Nearly 80% of women are protected from neonatal tetanus during pregnancy.
Over 80% of pregnant women receive three or more medical checkups during their pregnancies.
HHF provides support for school tuition, books, uniforms, and supplies for 1,300 children each year. Education in Haiti is neither free nor mandatory. In addition to the direct support for these students, HHF constructed and fully funds L’Ecole St. Pierre, a K-8 school for 500 of the very poorest children of Jérémie.
Since 2005, nearly 4,000 youth from over 90 villages have benefited from the HHF Responsible Sexuality/Soccer program, which teaches anatomy, physiology, natural family planning, and prevention of diseases to teenage girls living in rural Haiti.
Development and Relief:
In the early 1990s, HHF distributed female kreyòl pigs to replace the pigs decimated by African Swine Flu. It is estimated that over 7,000 pigs have propagated from this effort.
Thousands of chickens and eggs have been distributed to provide nutrition for the very poorest.
As of July 2012,
HHF has distributed over 5,060 female breeding goats through the Give-a-Goat program.
Over 2,841 Happy Houses have been constructed.
Over 2,461 Latrines have been built since 1993.
Currently, over 1,000 sponsors are matched with families in Haiti through the Save-a-Family program, helping families with rent, food, education, and other dire needs.