Colorado Haiti Project

Mission Statement: The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty. The Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CHP is supported entirely by donations from private individuals, local and national foundations, faith communities, and service organizations.

Colorado Haiti Project
908 Main St.
Suite 245
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
3039385021
http://www.coloradohaitiproject.org

Executive Director

Susan Place Everhart

Management Team

Susan Place Everhart, Tate Lowrey, Dennis Kennedy, Abiade Lozama

Board of Directors

Sharon E Caulfield, Jack Zeller, Donald Snyder, Michael Earnest, Teresa Henry, Eben Carsey, Patricia Laudisio, Nic Remington, Jana Schleusner, Bruce Swinehart, Tracie Smith, Susan Place Everhart, Tate Lowrey, Dennis Kennedy, Abiade Lozama

Project Leaders

Tate Lowrey

Mission

Mission Statement: The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty. The Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CHP is supported entirely by donations from private individuals, local and national foundations, faith communities, and service organizations.

Programs

The Colorado Haiti Project works in four primary areas: education, clean water, vocational training, and community health. Education: Konbit is a traditional Haitian word that conveys "working together for the common good." Our Konbit Program supports St. Paul's school in Petit Trou, Haiti. Donations go toward teacher salaries, tuition and books, hot lunch and basic health care for 700 students in preK-10th grade. Together we help sustain an environment in the midst of hopeless poverty, where hope for a better life is real, because the chance for an excellent education has been created. In the 2012-13 school year, 100% of our 6th and 9th grade students passed the state exams to continue into middle school and high school. The school has become one of the finest in the region. We had a vision with our Haitian partners twenty years ago to create one of the best schools in the southern peninsula of Haiti. The school requires a lot of hard work on the part of dedicated teachers and students - and our donors and supporters - but St. Paul's today is a vibrant school community providing an opportunity for a whole generation of children where none existed before. Community Health: Colorado Haiti Project is working with our Haitian community partners, including the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners in Health, to build a sustainable, equitable, and cost-accessible health care system in the Petit Trou region of 30,500 people. These ambitious plans will include the building of a clinic over the next 5-7 years. This partnership builds upon the foundation of our current network of 34 women village health volunteers trained originally by Colorado Haiti Project, and will provide long-term access to preventative and acute health care for the children and families in the region of Petit Trou. Clean Water: We have worked for several years with our Haitian community partners and our foundation sponsors to build a water-well system around Petit Trou, providing life-giving clean water for the region. The wells are maintained by local Haitian workers, who were originally educated at St. Paul's School and have been trained by CHP. Previously, water-borne disease accounted for up to 80% of the cases seen in Petit Trou's health clinic, and the lack of available water was a constant burden in the life of every inhabitant of Petit Trou. Vocational Training & Scholarships: Our vocational programs are answering an urgent desire by community members in Petit Trou for economic opportunities and job skills. In rural communities in Haiti, hundreds of youth have great energy and desire for work, but few job opportunities exist. Our vocational school currently trains aspiring seamstresses and tailors not only in sewing skills but also in entrepreneurship, so that program graduates can start businesses and stay in their own community. Our Scholarship Program allows graduates of St. Paul's School to pursue higher education or professional training. There is a requirement that scholarship recipients return to the Petit Trou region for at least 5 years upon completion of their studies, to build up community capacity and economic development. Current scholars are pursuing professions in teaching, plumbing, electrical work, construction, and accounting.

Statistics on Colorado Haiti Project

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $545,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $545,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, local and national foundations, faith communities, and service organizations.
  • Religious Affiliation: Historically connected with Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, but no official religious connection in U.S.
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