New video with information in Kreyol for friends in Haiti

Posted on Apr 3, 2020

Zanmi’m yo! Silvouplè gade ti videyo sa a sou Kowonaviris poun ka gen plis enfòmasyon sou kijan poun pwoteje tèt nou ak lòt moun

Haitian friends! Please watch this video in Kreyol about coronavirus for information about how to help protect yourself and others

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhCQ0MQoVYE

Ranquitte Haiti leads the way in Coronavirus response!

Posted on Mar 28, 2020

Our friends in Ranquitte Haiti are proactive about the Coronovirus on a level that far surpasses the early federal response in the USA!

There are eight confirmed cases of coronavirus officially registered in the country as of today (though no cases or suspected cases specifically in Ranquiite). Regardless, municipal authorities in the area are taking Coronavirus seriously. The mayor and other  leaders met yesterday with doctors, local delegates, and medical officials to define a strategy to raise awareness in the community towards prevention.

Information in Kreyol will be distributed about social distancing (culturally a challenge) and hand washing techniques. A sound truck will drive through communities this weekend and beyond broadcasting clear information about the virus on a loudspeaker. This is a common way to distribute information in Haiti. The goal is to help people understand what is the virus is, what rumors are currently circulating about it, and how people can help prevent transmission.

Hand washing stations with soap and water are going up in the streets of Ranquitte as well. Well done, friends!

 

Information in Kreyol about Coronoavirus for our Haitian friends

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

A TOUT ZANMI MWEN YO AN HAYITI: Gen yon enfomasyon kap sikile ki ta fè kwè ke siw mete lalwa nan yon dlo cho épi ou bwè li pandan 6 jou lap anpeche ou gen Coronavirus oubyen lap geri Coronavirus. Se pa vre, se manti. Si yo voye mesaj sa a pou ou e mande ou pouw pataje li pa fè sa paske se pa vre. Siw bezwen enfomasyon oubyen siw gen kesyon kontakte nou sou paj nou an.

HAITIAN FRIENDS: The rumor of a fake cure currently circulating in Haiti saying that drinking water mixed with “1 pice of ALOE” will prevent coronavirus is NOT TRUE!  Please DO NOT share that information if your friends send it to you, even though the post tells you to. The information is WRONG.  If you have any questions, write us through our contact page.

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A tout zanmi Mwen yo an Hayiti. Enfòmasyon sou konsènan koronaviris. Souple li l e pataje enfòmasyon sa a, a tout zanmi w e fanmi w.

For our friends in Haiti. Information about the coronavirus. Please read and share this information with your friends and family. 

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Our Feeding Program Needs Your Support!

Posted on Jan 20, 2020

Children eating healthy meals on January 19th 2020 in Ranquitte Haiti

A few years ago, we learned that a local friend in Haiti was paying out of his own pocket to feed fifty hungry kids in Ranquitte, Haiti. This friend has helped us coordinate projects in one of the rural communities we support, so for him to be burdened with the financial responsibility of feeding local kids means that other projects to develop the community can’t progress as efficiently. We offered to support the feeding program and our “Healthy Kids, Healthy Future” project was born.

The idea is simple: feed kids, and their ability to study and thrive will be increased. All the talk of kids being the future is put into action here. Educate a future generation – who can actually pay attention because their bellies are full – and you help to insure a better future for the community when these kids grow older.

It costs $75 to feed fifty kids, five times for a week. That means five days of one full meal a day where otherwise they might not have eaten. We are looking for donors to sustain this project. 

Please consider a recurring monthly donation. Fifteen people donating $20 each per month would keep the project going indefinitely. If that option is beyond your budget, please consider a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly donation within your budget. This is relief, temporarily, but development long term. Having been there to see the results and faces firsthand, we know that it is a success now, and will continue to be into the future.

Success in Providing Mental Health Counseling for Protection Workers in Haiti

Posted on Jan 18, 2020


In the midst of the anniversary of the quake, we have been speaking as often as we can about development rather than relief (see the recent video interview recorded on the anniversary of the quake with Greg and David Pierre-Louis of Kay Tita)

One Hundred For Haiti focuses in the south of Haiti on ensuring that protection workers who are part of the Groupe de Travail pour la Protection des Enfants dans le Sud (GTPE-Sud, or “Group Working for the Protection of Children in the South”) program coordinated in part by our amazing partners at Little Footprints, Big Steps (LFBS) have the resources they need to do the best anti-violence work possible in their communities.

With the political unrest which wracked Haiti this last year, specifically in terms of the social upheaval and extreme violence in the south, we decided to offer mental health support to protection workers through group counseling sessions so that the workers themselves could feel heard in terms of their own experiences of trauma and be better prepared and mentally healthy to help in the communities in which they live.

These protection workers are staff members of LFBS who work under the guidelines of GTPE and in partnership with the child protection group Centre de Formation et de Recherches en Appui Psychosocial (CFRAPS, or “Center of Training and Research in Psychosocial Support”). They go into rural communities to talk to local people about how to diminish violence and sexual assault. These workers also help reintegrate families where children have been lost to orphanages, are often abused, and then through various channels return home. Reintegration can be very difficult for all involved and these people aid and support that process.

But who watches over them in terms of their own mental health? Through the generous donations of people like you, we provided mental health professionals to listen to these people in sessions over a month’s time. Participants are provided matching shirts with the slogan “Pour un staff plus motivé et plus équilibré” that translates to “FOR A MORE BALANCED AND MOTIVATED STAFF”. This creates a team dynamic, and increased each participant’s sense of personal empowerment. They can then go back into their communities reinvigorated where they build stronger bonds, and can instill deeper, new, shared societal values and understanding.

This is what development looks like.

Greg Bennick and David Pierre-Louis speaking in Seattle on the 10th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

Posted on Jan 14, 2020

Local Haiti support organization Kay Tita worked in three USA cities to create cultural awareness events on January 12th 2020, the tenth anniversary of the earthquake.

After bands, Haiti-related movies, and speakers, Kay Tita Executive Director David Pierre-Louis and One Hundred For Haiti Executive Director Greg Bennick spoke at the Seattle event on being first responders after the earthquake, what work has been done since the quake, and why they do what they do.

Kay Tita has been focusing on technology and education, working in Port-au-Prince to establish annual startup weeks and looks forward to building a full cultural center in the city. It is seeking $3,000,000 in funding to make that a reality. One Hundred For Haiti continues to focus on roof building in rural Haiti, feeding hungry children, helping locals establish clean water systems, and funding anti-violence assault education.

2019 into 2020: Roofs built, kids fed, with much more news to come

Posted on Jan 11, 2020

A new roof for these people in Ranquitte Haiti means they won’t have to worry any longer about the rain.

We are looking forward to 2020 with hope and determination. 2019 was a wild and very difficult year in Haiti. There were disruptive protests throughout the country rooted in a gasoline shortage which kept the political situation very unstable for the better part of the year. Imagine if almost all gas was gone, electricity was shut off, hospitals closed. If there was unrest in the streets, with violence increasing, and political instability…what would life be like? For the heartfelt and wise, deeply strong people of Haiti, this was daily life in 2019. It can only get better from here.

One Hundred For Haiti had a trip planned with twelve American high school students – our first of its kind to Haiti – in an intercultural exchange through a joint venture between The Legacy Project and the Catlin Gabel School in Portland Oregon. The rip was designed to inspire hope and forward motion, along with education about social trauma and connection across borders. At the last minute the trip had to be cancelled due to security concerns around the unstable political and social situation. A tremendous amount of time and energy went into planning the logistics of that trip throughout the prior half a year.

A true highlight of the end of 2019 was the funding of mental health counseling for social workers from GTPE (the group we support with our partners at Little Footprints, Big Steps) who have been traumatized by the political violence in Haiti throughout the year. We wanted to insure that these people would be supported at the end of the year with their mental health concerns so that they could start the new year off inspired and uplifted and go out into their communities to train people – which we will also be funding – on how to prevent violence and how to strengthen community.

Overall, we had big plans, and kept hitting roadblocks, walls, disruption and serious hurdles…BUT we ended strong, with eight rural roofs on homes in process of being rebuilt, fifty kids a week being fed daily for now while funding lasts, and we have money set aside for water tank repairs with more roofs planned for the next few months, along with funds for the advancement of our support for GTPE and its anti-violence education.

We listen to the Haitian people we serve. We don’t call the shots, they do. When we were told not to bring students in 2019 we listened. When they asked for roofs and counseling we listened. We will continue to listen, and as the situation improves in Haiti in 2020 we will be there to offer support however we can.

People ask all the time: why Haiti? And my answer is always the same. In 2010 while the world was focused on Haiti after the earthquake, One Hundred For Haiti was formed to offer support. When very real, intense disasters and social situations arose around the world in other places and understandably attention went elsewhere, we kept our eyes on Haiti. That hasn’t stopped. Just because there are newer issues requiring attention doesn’t mean that the need to support Haitian neighbors has stopped. Commitment for One Hundred For Haiti is about helping as much as we can, when we can, with the resources we have. Our long term plan is to no longer need to exist. But for as long as need is expressed by the people we support, the mission will be ongoing.

– Greg Bennick, Executive Director

Some of the fifty children fed daily by our friends in Haiti because of your donations.
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