Development Projects

Happy House

A typical Haitian house, near Jérémie.

A typical Haitian house, near Jérémie.

Since 1997, the HHF has been providing housing for the homeless and for poor families residing in hovels in rural southern Haiti.

Housing for many in rural Haiti is deplorable. Often, large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Vermin – including mice, rats, and insects – are impossible to control, and the straw roofs constantly leak or are blown away by even fairly mild rainstorms. Space is so sparse that people often sleep in shifts.

Our Happy House program replaces these shacks with concrete block buildings with a cement floor, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients are selected by a vote of Village Committees to ensure that only the most needy receive them. They participate in building the houses by providing labor when possible, as well as sand, rocks, and water. The Happy House construction costs approximately $1,250 per house. Families often feel that their Happy House is a mansion when compared with their previous dwelling.

The Happy House program builds homes made of made of cement, with a tole roof, windows, and doors.

The Happy House program builds homes made of made of cement, with a tole roof, windows, and doors.

The Happy House provides humane living conditions, improved sanitation and dignity. In addition:

  • Communities grow through cooperation and care for the extremely poor.
  • Protection from the elements and improved sanitation results in improved health.
  • Poor families are empowered through their contributions to the realization of their own home.
  • Trades workers and other laborers gain employment and opportunities to improve their skills.
  • The local economy benefits from the sale of building materials.
Happy House, before and after.

Happy House, before and after.

Happy House, before and after.

Happy House, before and after.

Help build a Happy House for a family in need.

Clean Latrines Project

A family stands in front of a clean latrine that was provided by an HHF benefactor. Lack of sanitation impacts health status in many ways.

A family stands in front of a clean latrine that was provided by an HHF benefactor. Lack of sanitation impacts health status in many ways.

The building of latrines encourages sanitation and helps to curtail the spread of disease related to lack of proper waste disposal. To date, many hundreds of latrines have been built in Jérémie and surrounding villages. Support the Clean Latrine program.

Give-a-Goat Project

A Haitian boy stands with his new goat.

A Haitian boy stands with his family’s new goat, a source of protein for all.

This project purchases and distributes goats to rural families who are chosen by local committees on the basis of economic status, participation in health education, and their commitment to the growth of their communities. These hardy animals are adaptive to hilly terrain and easy to raise.

The goat is bred, bartered, or used as a source of animal protein for people on meager diets. With average incomes of $90-$300 per year, it is next to impossible for the poor of Jérémie to purchase a goat without the help of good people who care about their survival. The goat project helps make Jérémie’s poor families more independent and self-sufficient, providing a crucial sense of dignity. Ready to Give-a-Goat?

A woman is delighted to receive a goat from HHF founder and president Jeremiah Lowney.

A woman is delighted to have a goat presented to her by HHF founder and president Jeremiah Lowney.

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How You Can Help

  • Healthcare

    Healthcare > Your generosity will bring healing to very sick and impoverished neighbors.

  • Relief

    Relief > Your gift will give hope to a family for the future.

  • Development

    Development > Provide families with support, food and other immediate needs.

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