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West Indies Self-Help Inc

By Christ's Love, Partnering with Haitians to Build a Sustainable Community

aka WISH   |   St Louis, MO   |  haitiwish.com

Mission

To facilitate a self-sustaining community in the village of Anse-A-Galets on the Island of LaGonave in Haiti, West Indies Self Help (WISH) maintains water supply and electric power infrastructure for the community. WISH also feeds children in the community, and runs programs for youth, girls and women. We partner with other organizations to supply desalinated water, teach agricultural skills for an arid climate, and to encourage entrepreneurship and job skill development in the local population.

Ruling year info

1971

Chairman

Mr Dave Kolb

Main address

PO Box 221608

St Louis, MO 63122 USA

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EIN

23-7070410

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WISH supplies water to the city of Anse-a-Galets Haiti. WISH is in the process of upgrading our aging water infrastructure by replacing under ground pipes that are corroding, and repairing the WISH public water fountains. WISH maintains miles of pipe from the water source in the hills above the city to a 40,000 gallon reservoir. From there the water is distributed to 18 public water fountains that are strategically located to limit the time and distance that people walk to get the daily water that every family needs. WISH provides water to over 40,000 people. The underground pipes have been in service for 30 years. The cost to replace the pipes and repair the fountains is estimated to be $180,000 ($10,000 per fountain).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Supply

WISH maintains a waterline from a mountain spring that delivers water to 18 public fountains in the community of 30,000 people.
In 2020 through a partnership with GivePower Foundation a new solar powered desalination plant began operation.This desalination plant currently supplies an additional 20,000 gallons of clean water daily to the community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

WISH provides electric power to major buildings in the City of Anse-A-Galets on the island of LaGonave in Haiti. WISH generators supply power to the police station, youth center, library, ice house, and mission compound buildings. In 2022 we completed installation of a solar field that is generating 54KW of power to greatly reduce our dependence on expensive diesel fuel. In 2024 WISH installed additional solar equipment to now produce 72 KW of electrical power daily. This will largely eliminate our need for diesel fuel

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

WISH supplies food to over 100 undernourished children and senior citizens daily. WISH purchases rice and beans that is prepared and distributed by a local Haitian church to needy children and seniors in Anse-A-Galets Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

WISH rents land and facilities to a partner organization that promotes learning and agricultural development for the arid climate on the Island of LaGonave

Population(s) Served
Families

The WISH Small Business Center has a number of shops that are 10 X 10 concrete block rooms with electricity and secure doors. Local entrepreneurs needing help getting their businesses off the ground can launch from here. These businesses help to provide income to support extended family members.
In 2024 the WISH Small Business Center will undergo a major renovation with a new roof and other upgrades under way.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

WISH owns and maintains the local Youth Center where educational and sports programs are available to young people.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

WISH provides housing for student nurses near the Anse-a-Galets hospital. We rent housing units for a nominal fee to young women who are studying to become nurses.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Maintain a continuous supply of water to the population of Anse-A-Galets by reducing/eliminating water line breaks. We seek to upgrade the water delivery infrastructure to serve the population of Anse-A-Galets for the next 30 years.

We are seeking donations and grants to raise the funds required to repair and maintain the water supply system. We have established an "Adopt A Fountain" program whereby individuals, churches and businesses may sponsor a fountain for a donation of $10,000.

WISH employs local Haitian workers who maintain the water system on a daily basis. WISH has been serving the people of Anse-A-Galets for 50 years, and the supply of water to the city has been at the core of our ministry. In addition to our Haitian workers, WISH has some of the best heavy construction equipment on the island of LaGonave. The construction equipment includes a backhoe, front end loader, trucks and flatbed trailer. This equipment, along with our Haitian crew will enable new piping to be installed for each fountain.

Through February 2022 WISH has raised approximately 75% of the funds required to repair and update our water system.
We have applied for a grant through a public service organization.
We have established the "Adopt-A-Fountain" program to encourage individuals, churches, businesses and other organization to contribute toward the water system upgrade.
We continue to repair and maintain the existing, aging water infrastructure on a daily basis.
We have purchased half of stainless steel pipe needed to replace the failing galvanized pipe that currently carries the water to the fountains. And we have rebuilt 8 of the 18 water fountains that serve the population.

Through February 2022 WISH has completed the repair of 8 water fountains. In 2022 WISH plans to upgrade an additional 6 water fountains.

Financials

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Operations

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West Indies Self-Help Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Dave Kolb

West Indies Self Help

Term: 2022 - 2026


Board co-chair

Mr Steve Haenchen

West Indies Self Help

Term: 2021 - 2025

Steve Haenchen

Retired

Meghan Miller

Chemung Christian Fellowship

Jon Rayner

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.