Impact Update – Summer 2020
COVID-19 Response: Home Gardens Project
With great relief we receive news about COVID-19’s limited health impact in Haiti. Nonetheless, it continues to damage the economy and increase food insecurity. In July we began the Home Gardens Project providing 200 families water catchment systems and sustainable gardens. We’re thrilled to share that thanks to a few major donors and foundation partners, we already reached the $90k goal!
School Reopens for the
2020-21 school year
Per the Haitian government’s guidelines, the Partner Schools and Children’s Academy reopened last month. We continue to do our best to be vigilant about respecting safety protocols through mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing, with multiple hand washing stations as well as replacement masks available at the Children’s Academy. See more Children’s Academy news here.
We are thrilled to share that thanks to a major foundation partner, an extraordinary team of well-trained construction workers (including students’ parents) at the Children’s Academy, and the great leadership of Merline Engle, the second building of the Children’s Academy campus is now complete. (For a quick tour of the full campus, click here.)
Haiti Partners earns 100/100 on Charity Navigator’s new Encompass Rating System
While the Encompass Rating System is still evolving, we are pleased to receive a perfect rating for finance and accountability. Per Charity Navigator, “A score of 75 or above indicates that a nonprofit is effective and transparent…” Learn more here.
Board Vice-Chair, Houston Kraft, publishes new book teaching kindness as a means towards a better world
Houston Kraft’s new book, Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and ACT in Kindness, draws on his experience as an educator and visitor to Haiti to develop our understanding of kindness and make the world a better place.
Save the Date! Haiti Partners to hold first major virtual event:
Saturday, February 20, 2021
In an abundance of caution, we have decided to combine all of our regularly scheduled annual events into a single virtual event to be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. Please save the date and we’ll be in touch again soon with more details!