Human Services


Coventry, CT


The mission of HELO is to provide Home Education Love and Opportunity to the children of Haiti through its orphanage outside les Cayes, Haiti, in the village of Laborde. HELO currently supports three homes, each housing a family unit, adult caretakers and a small number of children and a transitional home for our children who have aged out but have not completed high school. Education is provided to over 300 children though our schools on site, and Opportunity will come through a vocational school on site, providing the children of HELO a loving environment where they can learn to read and write and then learn a trade.

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USA Director

Elisabeth Kennedy

Haiti Director

Jean Phares Beaucejour

Main Address

1599 South Street Unit 3

Coventry, CT 06238 USA


Health, wellbeing and educational support





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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What we aim to solve

The Haitian government informed us that any child over the age of 18 cannot reside on campus despite the fact that these children have not yet completed high school. HELO's mission is to provide youth with a high school education and vocational training (or university) before they leave. To continue to meet our goals and fulfill our mission to our children and donors, we have been raising funds to build another home to allow a transitional home for those children over the age of 18. This home opened in September 2019, our children will be able to complete high school, learn life skills and a trade before the leave HELO.

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Health, Wellbeing and Educational Support

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To provide loving care to the children at HELO, quality education through high school, and vocational training to help break the cycle of poverty in Haiti.

HELO has homes with family units, providing love, three meals a day, and medical care to the children in our care. Quality education provided at our school is the most powerful weapon against poverty, and vocational training will continue through team members traveling to Haiti and ultimately in a vocational wing of the school. This year we added a transitional home so that children over the age of 18 are able to complete their education.

HELO's co-founder and Haiti Director provides daily oversight of the operation of the homes and schools. HELO currently provides quality education from pre-k through eleventh grade with additional classes for computer skills, English, music, and select vocational programs.

The children at HELO are healthy and happy. The students in our school have passed all state examinations and we continue to add class rooms to our high school as students advance to the next level. Our vocational programs have a waiting list.

Founded in 2007 with one home and ten children, HELO purchased land and build a school in 2009, and built two additional homes in 2010 to take in children orphaned by the earthquake. An addition to the school was built in 2011-2012 and teachers have been added each year since. A high school was built in 2016 with additional class rooms built each year to eventually be able to educate through the end of high school. HELO provides Home Educaton Love and Opportunity to 60 children in its homes and over 300 in its schools, making a tremendous impact in the community of Laborde, Haiti. HELO continues to provide additional programs to its children and the community. We have additional programs to implement when funding is acquired -- vocational programs including a nursery/reforestation project, classes in cosmetology/hair dressing, plumbing, etc.

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