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Haiti Days 5 & 6: Haitians Helping Haitians

Friends, If you’ve been following along, you’ll have read of our plans to expand our One Hen, “Yon Poul” social entrepreneurship program to an additional 90 students in the Institution Mixte Martin Luther school in Marmalade. In order to accomplish this, however, we first have to equip the Marmalade teachers with the skills needed to lead the program. That said, we dedicated

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Haiti Day 4: Measuring Success of the One Hen Pilot

Friends, Today we bring to you fantastic news of our One Hen pilot program in Institution Nouvelle Etoile de Bethlehem, the school we support in downtown Cap Haïtien. As we mentioned in Tuesday’s blog post, (which you can read up on, here) we had 90 students participate in the first ever One Hen, “Yon Poul,” enrichment program to teach financial literacy, business

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Haiti Day 3: Academic Achievement in Marmalade

The road to Marmalade was as challenging as ever today. The long, winding, potholed path through the mountains experienced severe damage from Hurricane Matthew- the worst we’ve ever seen. This forced us to wait in queue in multiple places, as workers with backhoes loaded tons of dense dirt into trucks to be hauled away. We were excited to reach Marmalade,

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Haiti Day 2: Building a Future with One Hen

Hello Friends, Today’s agenda in Haiti was dedicated to evaluating and planning for the future of our One Hen program. One Hen, Inc. was established in 2009 as an outgrowth of the 2008 children’s book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference. The story is of a poor boy from Ghana who purchased one hen and, through hard

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Haiti Day 1: The Great Debrief

Jim Willey, Help for Haiti founder and president, and members of our team traveled to Cap Haïtien today, October 17, to assess damage from Hurricane Matthew, to allocate resources to those in immediate need and to engage in our ongoing initiatives to feed, educate and employ communities in the northern parts of the country. We will serve in Cap Haïtien predominantly, as the roads to

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How to Save a Life: Ruminations on the 2016 Annual Mobile Foodpack

“I want to share with you a story, about a boy named Pierre.” This is how each of Feed My Starving Children’s (FMSC) food packing specialists closed each packing session at Saturday’s Mobile Pack event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The FMSC workers held up a photo of a gaunt, spiritless little child. Pierre was a small Haitian boy who, at

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Our Ladies at Se Pa Pe’Pe’

Four young Haitian women needed to do something to feed their families, and the Help for Haiti team had an idea to help. So, we worked with the women to create a shoe and clothing business, and they named it Se Pa Pe’Pe’. In Creole, Se Pa Pe’Pe’ means “It is Not Used- It’s New.” Se Pa Pe’Pe’ is Help

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Student Spotlight: Meet Vil Mariette

Hello Friends, Way back in October of 2015 (yes, we know it seems ages ago), Jim traveled down to Haiti to present the 2015 Academic Achievement awards to the top scorers of the National Exam in the Marmalade School. These awards are part of our ongoing initiative in Marmalade to feed and educate the schoolchildren so they grow to become

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Will You Take the Challenge to Ride for Hunger?

As winter completely overtakes New England, we can’t help but look ahead to March and the Pan-Florida Challenge. We are thrilled to exchange the icy cold for two full days of cycling in sunny Florida, as we continue our efforts to raise money to provide meals for hungry children in Haiti. As the excitement around the third annual ride quickly

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The People of Haiti are Speaking Up; Are You Listening?

So often, we (that is, American citizens) get caught up in the messages of mainstream media that position Haiti as a helpless, hopeless country desolated by natural disasters and extreme poverty. It is portrayed as a country completely dependent on benevolent, foreign organizations, whose future is solely determined by the amount of externally sourced relief it is given day-to-day, year-to-year. This

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