Haiti Grantmaking Initiative

 

The Flora Family Foundation is in the midst of a six -year commitment of support to organizations working in Haiti.   Three principal elements comprise the program.  The first is facing the challenge of Port-au-Prince.  This element recognizes the depth of human suffering that exists in the capital, where tens of thousands live in settings that lack basic services like water, electricity and sanitation.  In some parts of the city, unemployment tops 70 percent.     

The second element of the program is supporting the redevelopment of rural Haiti.  There is widespread agreement that Port-au-Prince cannot sustain the three million people who now live in the capital, many of whom have migrated from rural areas over the past two decades because international trade policy and deforestation have made local farming untenable.  Efforts must be made to ease population pressures on Port-au-Prince and to support restoration of the Haitian countryside. 

              

    Pierre Noel, director of the Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund at the Boston Foundation, visits with      Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder and executive director of the Peasante Movement of Papaye (MPP). 

    MPP  empowers small farmers to grow their own food and restore the Haitian countryside.

The third element of the program is the advancement of girls and women.  As in many developing countries, literacy rates, health indicators, and political representation lag for Haitian women.  Impunity is widespread in cases of gender-based violence.  Adolescent girls are expected to subordinate schooling to household tasks like fetching water and caring for younger siblings.  All of these conditions impede progress in Haiti.

                        girls

                          The Haitian Adolescent Girls Network provides girls with safe places to come

                                                                  together ("Espas Pa Mwen")

The program also has two cross-cutting features. The first is the concept of “accompaniment”, that is, close support of indigenous Haitian organizations by U.S.-based partners.  The reality behind the concept of accompaniment is that Haitian civil society needs help from U.S. counterparts to tackle the daunting issues affecting the country; however, Haitian organizations must be in the lead when it comes to solving Haiti’s problems. 

The “accompaniment” idea has been elaborated by Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, to describe PIH’s relationship with its Haitian counterpart, Zanmi Lasante.  PIH provides professional training and infrastructure support to Zanmi Lasante, but Zanmi Lasante is the front line organization in the country.  Similarly, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux based in Port-au-Prince receives fundraising support and legal assistance from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, which is located in Boston.    Partners in Health and IJDH have both received FFF support that will in large measure flow to their Haitian counterparts.

The second cross-cutting feature of this initiative involves collaboration with other funders working in the country.  The foundation supports the Haiti Development Institute, which advises U.S. donors on opportunities to build the capacity of Haitian NGOs and to foster systemic improvements in education, health, economic development and agriculture through cross-sectoral initiatives. 

The Haiti Grantmaking Initiative is part of the Foundation’s Gap Program. The Gap Program supports a selected number of organizations working to address the gap between the world's rich and poor.  Participation in the program is by invitation.

Flora Family Foundation grantees in Haiti:

Beyond Borders

Norristown, PA and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Boston Foundation, The Haiti Development Institute

Boston, MA and Arcahaie, Haiti

Build Change, Haiti program

Denver, CO and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Cornell University Medical College, GHESKIO, Adolescent Girls Peer Group program

New York, NY and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Fonkoze

Washington, DC

Future Generations, Haiti program

Circleville, WV and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Grameen Research, Yunus Social Business Haiti Initiative,

Woburn, MA

Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti

Pittsburgh, PA and Deschappelles, Haiti

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux

Boston, MA and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, Haitian Adolescent Girls Network

New York, NY and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

J/P HRO

Los Angeles, CA

Lambi Fund of Haiti

Washington, DC

Mouvement Paysans 3eme Section Camp Perrin (MP3K)

Camp Perrin, Haiti

Partners in Health, Zanmi Lasante and the Mirebalais University Hospital

Boston, MA

Peasant Movement of Papaye

Hinche, Haiti

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

Newton Upper Falls, MA and Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti