Protect the Vulnerable

Posted on Nov 5, 2017

Protect the Vulnerable by One Hundred For Haiti board member, Nathan Bean.

It almost seems as if the earth is fighting back lately against its greatest threat, human beings. Floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes are occurring at an alarming rate. It feels scary. It is scary.

I heard it said on a recent episode of The Daily that, “By loading the atmosphere with carbon, its like a baseball player taking steroids.” What Texas A&M climate scientist Andrew Dessler means is that a seasoned baseball player can hit a baseball just fine, i.e. natural disasters ravaged earth long before humans. However, a seasoned baseball player on steroids hits the hell out of the ball, i.e. after building factories, eating burgers, and driving Hummers, natural disasters have became far more devastating and deadly.

I would add an element to this useful analogy. Recently, a two year-old girl sitting close to the field at Yankee Stadium was struck by a line drive. It was a horrific event and fortunately, she is going to live, though the road ahead will be a long one. The element I wish to add to the baseball player on steroids analogy is that people living in poverty are vulnerable to line drives and about as equipped to absorb impact as a two year-old.

It has been said many times and must be restated and restated that a quarter million Haitians did not die on account of an earthquake in 2010. They died because Haiti is a poor country that has been ravaged by a history of economic disempowerment, starting with slavery and continuing to some degree by NGOs.

This makes Haiti and countries like it vulnerable to line drives and we make it worse when we willfully supply the the steroid business, carbon which contributes to the downfall of our climate. This is the fight of our lifetime and countries like the United States have a responsibility to reverse the damage that we have disproportionately done.

It is not our job to stop natural disasters from happening. It is our job to protect the most vulnerable among us. Baseball teams around the majors are acting to add protective netting, which will keep fans safe from line drives. Perhaps we could do something similar for the people in countries like Haiti who stand to lose so much with the increasing number and power of natural disasters.

It is the least we can do, until we decide the most we can do is worth it.

New partnership with BETTER FINDS

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

One Hundred For Haiti has partnered with new Seattle start up BETTER FINDS. They have figured out a way to allow you to sell things around your house and have the proceeds directly benefit humanitarian and charity organizations.

Here, Greg and BETTER FINDS founder David White discuss the partnership which launched this past week. You can learn more and download the BETTER FINDS app on the right side of this page.

In motion immediately after Hurricane Irma

Posted on Sep 8, 2017

Our friends in the rural north of Haiti received high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma, enough to damage small homes, but they report no injuries and were thankfully spared a direct hit from the storm.

We got these photos early this morning and are already in motion to send repair funds. This will pay for people to hire workers from among their own village to fix the homes and get those families protected once again from whatever storm might be next. A great example of your donations at work when they are needed most. Thank you!

Damage to a rural home from Hurricane Irma, September 2017

Damage to a rural home from Hurricane Irma, September 2017.

Damage to a rural home from Hurricane Irma, September 2017.

Worried about Haiti!

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Haiti is in our thoughts with the approach of Hurricane Irma. The residents of Haiti are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and many don’t realize due to lack of access to news outlets that another hurricane is on the way. We will be ready to support our friends in Haiti however they need if in fact the hurricane hits the island as some say it might.

Stay tuned for updates.

Our thoughts are with Houston…

Posted on Sep 3, 2017

The disaster in Houston from Hurricane Harvey is a catastrophe of epic proportions. Our hearts and minds go out to the people there. We understand the impact that an event like this can have, given the effects we’ve seen over the last few years in Haiti, and how long the devastation and its troubling effects can persist.

We’d like to recommend that people do their due diligence as they choose relief organizations to support for Houston relief work. Find a group which is small, mobile, and effective. It takes time to do that level of exploration to find the right one. Often times small groups or individuals are doing solid work, and they are focusing on that work instead of promoting it, so they aren’t as easy to find as a group which has a budget for media and outreach.

Alternately, you can find a larger organization which can offer validation about where resources are used, so that you know your money, time, or resources are being put to the best use possible.

Remember that immediately after a major catastrophic event, people rush to help, and in doing so often put resources into groups which might not be the most efficient.

Also keep in mind that the first push to help, much like the push to offer condolences after someone loses a loved one, are important of course. Perhaps just as important – and sometimes more so – are the support efforts which come weeks or even months after the initial loss. These efforts come in as back up to the original relief push, but long after the first round of attention has passed. The point is: be diligent, and stay informed, but don’t feel that you HAVE to act today to be effective. You can take time, or you can act fast. Just make sure your efforts are going to the right place.

Do your research, even on the organizations we are going to suggest right now as none are directly affiliated with One Hundred For Haiti. They are ones which have been recommended by people in the disaster zone. We have had contact with the first, but are going off of a trusted colleagues recommendation about the efficiency of the second:


WEST STREET RELIEF – for more info

DESCRIPTION: Put time an energy into looking at these folks first. This is a grassroots effort and is not connected with any NGO’s or the Red Cross. We will be delivering supplies of food, cleaning supplies, water, etc. And possibly helping people clean out their homes. Any money donated will go towards buying supplies for people affected by the flood. Any funds left over will potentially be donated to grassroots groups in the Houston area, and NOT the Red Cross. Currently we are associated with West Street Recovery in Houston’s 5th Ward.



HOUSTON FLOOD RELIEF FUND – If you feel more comfortable supporting a bigger relief effort, this is the fund started by J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans. This fund has attracted a lot of major donors.




So much new news…

Posted on Jun 11, 2017

Thanks for your patience over the last couple months as we’ve prepared news updates. News to come includes huge successes from the GTPE partners working with the sexual assault training sessions in the south and many new cisterns built in the north with the Rural Water Project.

We have new partners supporting our work as well. Seattle based SUGARBOMBE (a high-end treat and baking company) is supporting a new initiative we are funding in Haiti, helping to feed hungry children nutritious food on a weekly basis. We also are partnering with SEA-TOWN Real Estate in Seattle on spreading information about the work we do.

Sea-Town just interviewed Greg for a podcast featuring ideas about business and life and taking action on behalf of others. You can hear it HERE.

We are excited to share more news soon.

In the mean time, check out these new partners and thank them for supporting One Hundred For Haiti.

Nonstop progress: The Rural Water Project

Posted on Mar 30, 2017

We have had so many successes recently with the Rural Water Project in Ranquitte Haiti that its been challenging to find time to post them all. More updates on the way soon!

Here is an example of what we’ve been receiving from our in-country director in terms of success stories. The “BEFORE” photo is a rural water site in the jungle which was essentially a mud-filled hole, fed with naturally flowing water from an underground source. Local families get their drinking and washing water from this location, and its a threat to their health.

The “AFTER” photo is a cement encapsulation of that water source, with access through the top via a custom, locally-made, metal door. The encapsulation allows for the water to fill the tank, be safe from animal contamination, and to be treated with chemicals to kill any harmful bacteria. A lock for the door protects the water source as well.

A site like this costs only a few hundred dollars. We can provide you with details if you’re interested in helping to fund one. Each tanks saves dozens of families from the threat of cholera, and most importantly, is Haitian designed, built, managed, and maintained.

Of the people, for the people, and by the people: One Hundred For Haiti.

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