2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, in so many ways but we hope you are in good spirits and looking forward to 2021.
In 2020 Haiti Help’s income has been drastically reduced, we normally held at least one fundraising event each month and of course these events have not been happening. In order to try to offset this loss we have two new ways to increase funds, a £50 monthly draw, and a recycling scheme. Details of both schemes are on the website, we hope you will have a look and help if you can.
Thanks to you, our regular donors and supporters we have been able to continue our core support to the people of La Gonave island, Haiti.
Haiti Help sends a quarterly payment of £2000 to the hospital “indigent fund” There is no free medical care in Haiti. The fund allows people with no money to access urgent or necessary healthcare.
The Okipe Children's Village
Haiti help sent quarterly payments of £2000 and an extra £1000 in December to the Children’s Village. Mme. Soliette the director uses the money wisely. She cares for 60 orphans and the village school provides education for around 200 local children. There is no free state education in Haiti, so this is a huge benefit for local families who might otherwise have to choose between food or education for their children.
ASHOG is a well established self help group operating on the island. It is organised by a local pastor who works tirelessly to improve things for the poorest people in his community. We help fund a teacher in one of their “free schools”, we support 2 families enabling them to feed their children, we contribute regularly to the “Elderly and Disabled Food Program” When we can, we contribute to the “School Lunch Club”. The children who attend the “Free Schools” are from the poorest families, they are often malnourished, it can make a tremendous difference to their wellbeing if they can be provided with a healthy meal at school.
Normally we have a grand raffle at the Haiti Help Christmas Fair. There is no Fair this year due to Covid, but we have put the raffle online. The prize is a magnificent Christmas Drink Hamper, tickets are £5 and you can buy them here:
Good luck but remember, if you don’t win, your money will feed a family for a day!
Haiti Help’s 3 trustees, Carole, Elaine and Lou took part in the virtual “Kilt Walk” in Sept and raised £5790 to pay for specialist medical treatment for a man who’s problem couldn’t be dealt with on La Gonave. The 2021 Kilt Walk is the weekend of 23rd April, it’s a “virtual event” so you can walk at a time and place that suits you or come to join our trustees at Loch Leven Heritage Trail. It’s a great fundraiser even if you can only raise a few pounds because Sir Tom Farmer tops up the total by 50%.
If you would like to help with our work to relieve the devastating poverty in Haiti, you can make one off, or a regular monthly donation on our fundraising platform below. Haiti Help is run entirely by volunteers so every penny donated is put to good use.
All that remains is to say “thank you” for your support over the past year! Haiti Help could do nothing without your help. The people of La Gonave send their grateful thanks to each and every one of you!
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