Our partners consist of international and Haitian organizations committed to protecting and empowering vulnerable girls in Haiti. They provide adolescent girls with a safe space to spend time with their peers, learn about their rights, and gain the support of trusted adults.
We provide our implementing partners with ongoing technical assistance and training on girl-centered programming, fundraising, and advocacy. If your organization would like to provide a safe space to mentor Haitian girls, please contact the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network country coordinator, Colleen Larkin, to learn more about the commitment, responsibilities, and expectations of our implementing partners.
AMURTELAMURTEL is an international volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for people experiencing chronic poverty from environmental, financial, or political distress.
Association Pour la Promotion de la Famille Haitienne (Profamil)Profamil is a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services in Haiti and aims to fill the unmet need in the country.
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Beyond Travel PartnersBeyond Travel Partners is dedicated to empowering poor communities to improve their lives by filling gaps in the skills, knowledge, and resources through community-led initiatives.
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Biwo Teknik FanmBiwo Teknik Fanm works to to combat all forms of violence against women and girls, promote and educate women, and increase their civic participation.
Center for the Arts (CFTA)The Center for the Arts, Port-au-Prince is a place for adolescent girls in Haiti to learn about the arts, become empowered through the arts and to generate income through their activities in the arts.
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Centre d'Eveil et d'Aprentissage de Leogane (CEAL)
Diaspora Community ServicesDiaspora Community Services founded the Centre Medico-social de Port-au-Prince in 2007 to provide health services and education for vulnerable Haitians.
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Fanm Silo An Aksyon (FAMSA)FAMSA provides child- and female-headed households in Haiti with training and social assistance to promote income-generating activities, improve health conditions, and ensure environmental protection.
Federation of Haitian Development Organizations (FORHAD)FORHAD promotes development in disadvantaged areas and works to eradicate extreme poverty in Haiti through education, health, sanitation, agriculture, recreation, and human rights.
Fondation Ti DavidFoundation Ti David works with children and young people in Haiti who are living in difficult economic situations. They run a school, an orphanage, and a summer camp.
Fondation TOYAFondation TOYA works to strengthen women's leadership in Haiti through a socio-educational and cultural framework that increases independence.
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Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E)Commune of Borgne
Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to support the efforts of the people of Borgne, Haiti as they seek to improve their community’s wellbeing. H.O.P.E. has established close working relationships with the local organizations that constitute the backbone of community governance in Borgne. These strong grassroots connections inform and guide every aspect of the organization’s work. In essence, H.O.P.E serves as a conduit connecting the community’s health and development goals with external stakeholders and funding organizations. H.O.P.E. is a near 100% volunteer organization with one part-time paid administrative assistant in Rochester, NY.
From its inception through the present, H.O.P.E has partnered with the community in Borgne, including churches, peasant and farmers organizations, women and youth groups, village cooperatives and local grassroots development organizations, the commune’s teachers organization, civic and religious leaders, and the office and staff of the Mayor of Borgne. Through these partnerships, H.O.P.E. established an efficient health care delivery system and greatly expanded the scope of community health services. The organization also launched economic development projects, contributed to education through literacy programs and early childhood education, helped improve sanitary infrastructures such as capped springs and latrines, and offered programs that help support civil society such as capacity building and leadership training for women and teen summer internships.
In 2006, H.O.P.E formed Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB), a partnership between H.O.P.E. and Haiti’s Ministry of Health/ Northern Department MSPP/DSN. According to the terms of this partnership, MSPP/DSN negotiates relationships with its partners such as MSH, JHPIEGO, PEPFAR, and other organizations that contribute some supplies and funding to ASB. H.O.P.E. provides technical support and oversees the bulk of operations at ASB and funds salaries and salary supplements of personnel hired under contract with partner organizations, supplies the bulk of medicines used at the communal hospital, the satellite clinic in Petit Bourg, mobile clinics, the dental clinic and by community health workers in their posts.
This partnership has proven to be exceptionally fruitful. It resulted in the refurbishing and re-opening of a non-functional communal hospital with steady growth in the number of patients and services offered. Since 2006, ASB has increased the number of patients served through the system by eight fold, from 400 in 2005 to 3200/month. Through its partnership with MSPP, H.O.P.E. steadily upgraded ASB’s HIV and tuberculosis treatment capabilities and is now a full-fledged AIDS treatment program which includes HIV counseling, testing, and prophylaxis with a particular emphasis on pregnant women, and antiretroviral treatment of AIDS patients. MSPP has used funding from international agencies such as MSH and PEPFAR to help improve the hospital and clinic, fund programs, and provide some salary support for medical staff. H.O.P.E in turn has provided administrative oversight, salaries and salary supplements, support staff housing, and funding for services and medications, program development, and facilities improvements and upkeep. ASB operates the only health system in this commune and is the only health care provider for a population of 80,000; in reality ASB treats patients from a far larger geographic area attracted by the high quality and affordability of ASB’s services. ASB charges only a very modest fee for services (between .25 and $1 depending on what a patient needs) and no patients are refused care for inability to pay. Some services are free such as maternity, emergencies, some lab tests and screenings. ASB has the only a modern dental clinic, the only one outside of Cap Haitian.
Since 2010, H.O.P.E has consistently expanded its network of international partners to develop its health, education, and community development initiatives. We have partnered with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières-MSF) who came to Borgne to address the cholera epidemic and help establish a cholera treatment unit in Petit Bourg as well as ORP sites in areas hardest hit by the epidemic, and trained volunteers to staff these sites. Since 2010 we have been the implementing partner with the American Red Cross (ARC) for cholera treatment and prevention programs in our area of intervention. Through this partnership, we fully integrated the initial MSF programs into our health care delivery system and greatly expanded the scope and efficacy of those programs. The partnership with the ARC has literally doubled the treatment and prevention capacity of our health system. We opened a second clinical facility in the village of Petit Bourg—approximately 6 miles from the hospital facility—and significantly improved our ability to respond to the health care needs of people in the most remote regions of the commune of Borgne by creating a community-wide network of community health workers and water and sanitation technicians. These water and sanitation technicians lead community wide efforts to build water and sanitation infrastructure and offer comprehensive community health education programs on preventing waterborne diseases and protecting the environment.
An important step forward for the organization is the partnership between H.O.P.E. and WomenStrong International (WSI) launched in 2015. This partnership, named S.E.E. Famm (Sante/Health. Edikasyon/Education. Ekonomi/Economic Activities for Fanm/Women), uses an integrated approach to women and girls’ empowerment and is the umbrella under which we assembled existing and new programs targeting women and girls in the commune of Borgne. Programs include Mothers’ Clubs, Adolescents’ Clubs, Adult Literacy, Violence Prevention, a full range of obstetrics and gynecological services such as Women Health Mobile Clinics, Family Planning, and Cervical Cancer screening as well as community outreach programs. We are proud to have a fully staffed and equipped gynecological surgical facility, the only one in the rural north, which will offer C-sections and other gynecological emergency interventions.
H.O.P.E. has collaborated with the commune’s peasant organization on a tree nursery program (Pepinye) and an animal husbandry program (Zanimo). We established these programs to address health problems related to food security. The Pepinye program focuses on forest recovery and reestablishing tropical hard wood and fruit trees vital to preserving soil fertility and protecting vine crops. With technical and financial assistance from H.O.P.E., these groups raised and distributed over 70,000 trees. The Zanimo project is a type of revolving credit program where farmers receive an animal (goat, pig, chicken) and commit to return an offspring to a communal animal husbandry pool for restocking. The goal is to reestablish livestock decimated by recent hurricanes.
In addition, H.O.P.E works closely with the commune’s teachers association to offer summer workshop for teachers to enhance their pedagogical skills and expand their knowledge. We built a community library in the town of Borgne that we manage in partnership with the teachers association. We will be opening the first school associated rural library and hope to expand this program down the road. We run a pre-school program that brings a teacher and educational resources to over 200 students, 4 to 7 years, old who live in the most remote areas. Children who participate in this program come from the poorest families in the commune and would otherwise never have the opportunity to attend school. We piloted a summer program for teens interested in the health field and will be expanding it this year. H.O.P.E. also runs an adult literacy program with sites throughout the commune.
Much remains to be done but, as the Haitian proverb says, Men anpil, chay pa lou (many hands make the load lighter)!