I am just back from fifteen days in Haiti and wanted to write a personal message to say thank you to all the donors who made the following things possible! If you missed any of our updates be sure to check the One Hundred For Haiti Facebook page to get caught up!
- In the first week of the trip, we (Michael Scott, One Hundred For Haiti supporter from Seattle) and I joined a group from Peacework Medical who do incredible work in Haiti by putting in medical clinics in extremely rural areas. We helped Peacework members with their new clinic in Gard Hiram (a tiny village near Ranquitte, a small town in the northeast of Haiti). We leveled the floors with dirt so that they could be flattened and cemented, helped build benches for the clinic, painted the walls, and most importantly: we established our Moto Logistics Program in the town of Ranquitte and the village of Gard Hiram so that patients can have better access to the clinic. These motos will save patient lives, give jobs to drivers, and help both communities be more mobile.
- We established a plan to save thousands of lives in the area around Ranquitte through our new Rural Water Project. Read more about it at the link. We are going to save thousands of people from cholera this year with your help.
- After that week in Ranquitte, the medical / support team went home and I drove around solo around Haiti for eight additional days doing the following:
- In Port au Prince, my long-time friend Dr. Jacques Denis took me to the Centre de Sante Saint Martin II medical clinic to show me the security door that One Hundred For Haiti paid to have build and installed, the result of the new cement work that we paid to have Haitian skilled workers hired to do (so people wouldn’t fear cracks in the walls anymore, thinking that another earthquake would bring the building down if they were being treated) and most importantly, showed me the new sinks that had been installed. The clinic had never had running water before your donations made it possible! Total win.
- I met with our friends at the Kay Angel Orphanage in Jacmel and visited the children there. Many of the children of the orphanage have either been orphaned by AIDS or have HIV themselves, and I brought donated shoes for a few of the girls who needed them to wear to school, some yoga mats for a very physically challenged orphan there who needs them for comfort as he sits on the floor, and I talked to Gala (the new director) about the status and future of the orphanage as it transitions after the 2012 death of Lia van de Donk (former director and a dear personal friend).
- In the village of La Source, I met with Chrismedonne Lajeunesse who showed me the accounting statements for their VERY successful Moto Logistics Program progress. They have two motos running currently and are extremely happy with them. I also brought extensive medicines from the USA so that the village can be better prepared in the case of illness.
- I then drove five hours and met with Morgan Weinberg who is running an incredible program in Les Cayes in the southeast of Haiti. Morgan has involved herself directly with street youth there: former child slaves, abandoned kids, abused and neglected or worse. She has established a safe house there and One Hundred For Haiti will be providing barbed wire security for the entire grounds of the safe house to protect the children (and Morgan) as they live there. We will also be following up with last years successful Bikes for the Boys Program there (we bought each boy a bike to use and enjoy) by providing training for them to fix those bikes, thus learning a marketable skill in the process!
- Sarah Rolfe (One Hundred For Haiti core team member) was able to procure donations of medical supplies in the Seattle area which I delivered to the Centre de Sante Kenscoff medical clinic. Dr. Marie Denis, director of the clinic (and wife of Dr. Jacques Denis) put the supplies to use literally immediately as I was standing there. I have comments from Dr. Denis on video and will edit them in the near future.
Overall: it was an incredible trip. I am writing a detailed account of it now as I have had an offer to have that writing published! Stay tuned for details about that. For now, consider spreading the world about One Hundred For Haiti. Monthly recurring donations, in any amount, help so very much.
$10 per month from you and just four friends over one year buys us a water treatment tank for our Rural Water Project. Each tank costs $500-700 depending on how many families it serves.
$1800 total provides a salary for a full time nurse FOR A YEAR at the medical clinic in Gard Hiram.
We have ideas in mind for many projects, but it all starts with support. Thank you in advance for supporting the ongoing work that we will be doing!
For one time, single donations to One Hundred For Haiti simply paypal your donation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this button:
On January 18th 2014, One Hundred For Haiti Executive Director Greg Bennick is heading to Haiti, supported by the One Hundred For Haiti team back home in the USA and by the donations of people like you worldwide who have made the purchase of valuable supplies and strategic planning possible. The trip is going to be broken into two parts, each about one week long, outlined below:
During week one, Greg will travel to Ranquitte, in the north of Haiti, along with a group of medical professionals (and a principal donor to One Hundred For Haiti) in order to finish a medical clinic being built there. The clinic will be all Haitian run, and the purpose of this week – aside from helping to finish the walls and paint throughout the clinic – will be to establish connections with the people at the clinic for installation of two motorcycles there through One Hundred For Haiti’s “Moto Logistics” program. The clinic could use two motorcycles to transport people and clinic workers by day and taxi clients by night in order to generate funds for the clinic.
After that first week, the medical team flies home to the USA from Port au Prince and Greg will be staying on alone traveling through Haiti for an additional eight days in order to make contact with other recipients of aid and development programming via One Hundred For Haiti. The plan is to install Moto Logistics in as many locations as possible in 2014. In addition to the goal of strengthing potential Moto Logistics contacts throughout Haiti during this trip, Greg has over one hundred pounds of medicine and medical supplies with him for the new clinic at which Dr Jacques Denis, long time in-country partner, is working. Greg will visit and supply another clinic in Port au Prince with basic medicine as well. Team member Sarah Rolfe secured some of these medical supplies through networking locally to the professional medical community in the Seattle area.
After two days in Port au Prince, Greg will then travel to visit Kay Angel Orphanage in Jacmel in the south of Haiti where he will meet with the current director of the orphanage about the children they serve, most of whom have been orphaned by the AIDS virus.
Greg will then visit our close friends in the village of La Source to see how their Moto Logistics program is going, and then travel west to meet the boys of ‘Little Footprints, Big Steps’ the safe house on the Haitian peninsula to which we donated bikes in our “Bikes For the Boys” program last year. Many of these recipients were former child slaves who got a new lease on life from the freedom they found in the bikes we were able to donate. As always, a little effort goes a long way.
After checking in with all of those people firsthand and hearing their stories, Greg’s trip will wrap up back in Port au Prince on the 4th of February. He will come home and send out a newsletter bout the trip to all who have either donated or signed up on our website.
As always, stay tuned to our twitter and Facebook feeds as we hope to send updates from Haiti with news. Social media director Derrick Hachey will be on the receiving side of any updates from Greg in Haiti and will be posting as often as possible.
Thank YOU so much for spreading the word. You have no idea how far a quick tag or mention on Facebook or twitter goes to help us make progress in the work that we are all doing together. For you it takes one click, but the person who sees that tag, or link, might decide to join our efforts and thus help save or change a life.
In a leap directly into the next century and beyond, One Hundred For Haiti is now accepting Bitcoin (BTC) for donations! To donate easily, use this link to be walked through the process:
You can change the donated amount to anything you like. Please spread the word to your social networks (and especially to the Bitcoin community) that One Hundred For Haiti is one of the first non-profit/charities to make the leap to accepting Bitcoin donations!
NOTE: Bitcoin is an unstable currency, but we expect that you know this already or else you wouldn’t have Bitcoin in the first place. If you donate in Bitcoin, know that your donation might be worth more or less than the principal amount after the donation depending on the daily fluctuation in Bitcoin values.
Our friends in the southern California hardcore band Seven Generations have agreed to release their unreleased final recordings as a benefit for One Hundred For Haiti. Seven Generations, a vegan straightedge band, played their final show a few years ago and these recordings are finally going to see the light of day. $1 or more as payment for the recording is all it will cost and 100% of proceeds to go One Hundred For Haiti. Click the image to watch the YouTube trailer for the release!
Our programming in 2014 will include an expansion of our Moto Logistics program, as well as helping to complete a medical clinic in a region north of Port Au Prince as a direct trip and then establishing Moto Logistics there too.
We appreciate your help! The new Seven Generations EP will be available on sevengenerations.bandcamp.com at noon PST on December 21st, 2013. Thanks for picking it up and supporting our commitment to commitment….we are still helping, and will continue to long after other news stories fill the news.
We want to thank our friends at the Hardcore Help Foundation in Germany for continuing today with their ongoing support of our Moto Logistics Program. They made a generous donation today and we are so appreciative that we would high five them if they weren’t so far away. Our plan is to set up multiple Moto Logistics programs this year and their gifts will help make that a reality.
Want to help One Hundred For Haiti but don’t know how? You can sign up for monthly recurring donations to One Hundred For Haiti: its easy, and for as little as $1 a month you can be part of an international team making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. The pull down menu on the right side of this page can get you started, and you can cancel anytime. $1 a month is easy…help us out if you can, and thanks in advance!
Our friends at the amazing vegan restaurant The Veggie Grill are arranging a second benefit event for us! The first, two months back, raised hundreds of dollars for One Hundred For Haiti as people came in to support us all throughout the day. Veggie Grill generously donates 50% of all sales on the day of the event to One Hundred For Haiti.
Veganism is a good thing. Benefit shows are a good thing. Seattle is a good thing. This all combines to make for good times all around…and you can help! Spread the word about this event, especially if you live in the Seattle area. And in case you don’t, please spread the word to YOUR local restaurants or businesses wherever you live worldwide and ask them if they would be willing to host an event like this one.
Ask us anytime how to help set something up!
Having trouble viewing the image? You can also see the full sized flyer for the event HERE!