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.

January 12th 2020 Special Event at Vera Project in Seattle, on the Tenth Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

Posted on Jan 7, 2020

Local Haitian organization Kay Tita partners with The Vera Project, Konbit Cafe, Breach Barista Collective and One Hundred For Haiti to remember the community and the people affected by the 2010 Earthquake. 

Kay Tita has curated a series of Haitian films guaranteed to leave a mark on our hearts and to keep Haiti and the communities always on our minds. The series is paired by two first responders, David Pierre-Louis (Kay Tita Executive Director) and Greg Bennick (One Hundred For Haiti Executive Director). Come early and enjoy, Haitian Coffee and Pastries served by the team at Konbit Cafe ( Kay Tita’s first community cafe a space dedicated to supporting the work they are fostering throughout Port-au-Prince)

11:00AM – KONBIT CAFE OPEN
Enjoy Haitian Coffee & specialty concocted drinks prepared by the team from the Breach Barista Collective paired with Haitian inspired treats.  

12:00PM – LALO’S HOUSE [FILM]
Inspired by true events. After being taken from their home in Jacmel, Haiti, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring, disguised as a Catholic orphanage.
Run Time: 26 minutes 

12:30 – DIABLOTIN FESTIVAL [FILM]
Why would 5 & 8-year-old Haitian children climb to a remote cave to pledge their allegiance to a baby bird called “the little devil”? After years of hard work, the rural Haitian community of Boukan Chat has adopted the Diablotin (Black-Capped Petrel) as a symbol of their resilience. In partnership with humanitarians, conservationist, biologists, educators, filmmakers, and soccer players this community produces an annual festival in honor of the bird on the brink of extinction that lives alongside them. The celebration includes a difficult climb for next Haitian farmers (5-8 years old) to meet the next Diablotin chic’s in annual sign of solidarity
A Soulcraft Allstars original
Run Time : 9 minutes 

12:40 PM – HAITI MY LOVE [FILM]
High in mountains of Haiti in one of the last remaining forests two families struggling to survive, one is family of birds on the brink of extinction and one is a family of farmers struggling to feed their children. Haitian Biologist Anderson Jean tells a poetic story of this rural community’s resilience and their connection to the bird called the Diablotin (Black-Capped Petrel) that chooses this country and this community as it’s home. This film was made for the community of Boukan Chat, Haiti and first screened in that community in Creole.
A Soulcraft Allstars original
Run Time : 9 minutes

1:00 PM – KENBE FEM [FILM]
Follow David Pierre-Louis, a mission-driven, Haitian-American entrepreneur based out of Seattle, WA as he journeys to find his mother in Haiti after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 12, 2010. While immersed in the ruins, he fights to fill the gaps left by the Haitian government & various NGOs.
A TALK BACK WITH MARK GOODNOW & DAVID PIERRE-LOUIS
Run Time: 50 minutes

2:30 PM – EARTHQUAKE FIRST RESPONDERS – WHERE ARE THEY NOW
AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH GREG BENNICK, Executive Director of One Hundred For Haiti and DAVID PIERRE-LOUIS, Executive Director of Kay Tita 

Thoughts on the current socio-political situation in Haiti

Posted on Oct 9, 2019

The situation in many parts of Haiti is currently very unstable. We had a conversation this last week with one of our partners there. What started with shortages of gas in the country has snowballed. Sales of gas have stopped except on the black market. Treated water for drinking is twice as expensive as it normally is. Hospitals have been shutting down due to lack of resources. Opposition party supporters have allegedly been handing out guns in poor communities and inciting rioting. The president has made no comment about the situation. The US State Department continues to warn the world to ignore Haiti and stay away, a call which is supported by the chaotic situation there. None of this is to say that desperate people demanding more from their government, or fighting for better social conditions is to be diminished. Love and support for the Haitian people always in their fight for basic rights and against corruption.

This post isn’t a plea for help or a dramatic poverty porn description. Its a statement about a period of chaotic social conditions and adapting as members of a support network to support people best. We are working with our partner in the south to determine where we can place counselors to help with psychological support for orphans and children who have been through violence during this time.

Simultaneously, in the north we are working with locals to figure out the best course of action to take to continuing programs effectively.

More details soon.

Radio interview with Medical Professional Desha Wood

Posted on Apr 21, 2019

On Episode 89 of the Punk Rock Pariah podcast, hosts Greg Bennick and Cameron Collins (both of One Hundred For Haiti) welcomed in Desha Wood to talk about her time working as a medical professional in Haiti with Naturopaths without Borders. The three talked about cultural differences faced when providing medical care in Haiti, caring for people in difficult circumstances, and what it was like to learn across borders while serving others for as year.

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