HAITI PARTNERS

Helping Haitians change Haiti through education

aka Haiti Partners   |   Vero Beach, FL   |  https://haitipartners.org/

Mission

Haiti Partners helps Haitians change Haiti through education.

Ruling year info

2010

Co-Director

John Engle

Co-Director

Merline Engle

Main address

PO Box 2865

Vero Beach, FL 32961 USA

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EIN

26-3768289

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In our increasingly globalized and interconnected world, a loss of human potential in a developing country like Haiti becomes a loss for everyone. To bridge the gap with our Haitian neighbors, we need to bring people together, across borders in genuine partnership, to seek innovative solutions that benefit all of us. Haiti Partners believes that Haiti’s greatest untapped resource is her millions of children. Thus, our mission is to “Help Haitians Change Haiti through Education.”

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?

SCHOOLS

Haiti Partners offers innovative, quality education for over 1300 students in six partner schools and our flagship school, the Children’s Academy and Learning Center.

The Children’s Academy is an integrated school, continuing education center, and incubator for entrepreneurship programming. It works hand-in-glove with our partner schools to provide a high quality, student-centered, values-based education, and seeks to serve as a model of education-centered community development for Haiti and the world.

In order for Haiti to address its many challenges, its children (and committed parents) need to experience an innovative, quality education – an education that empowers them to develop their potential, to think outside the box and to engage in improving their communities to bring lasting change. This is Haiti Partners’ vision and this is the work that we engage in each day within the communities in which we work.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau 2019

Better Business Bureau 2015

Awards

Most Democratic Workplaces 2011

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Most Democratic Workplaces 2012

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2013

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2014

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2015

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2016

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2017

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2018

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2019

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2020

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2021

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Most Freedom-Centered Workplace 2022

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SCHOOLS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric tracks the total number of students reached by Haiti Partners' programming in both our Children's Academy and partner school network.

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SCHOOLS

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning at the Children's Academy and Learning Center.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SCHOOLS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric tracks the total number of students reached by Haiti Partners' programming in both our Children's Academy and partner school network.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SCHOOLS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of hours volunteered during the fiscal year (July-June) by parents of students in Haiti, US-based volunteers, as well as through pro-bono services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Quality Schools Program Goals:
- Develop schools that help children realize their potential while driving community development and lifelong learning.

Quality Schools Program Strategies:
- Establish, operate and develop the Haiti Partners Children's Academy and Learning Center as a model educational institution.
- Leverage domestic and international partnerships to provide expertise and services as needed.
- Provide ongoing pedagogical, administrative, entrepreneurial and continuing education training and support to partner schools.

Haiti Partners has a combined decades worth of on-the-ground staff experience in Haiti. We work in the local language - Haitian Creole - and are very familiar with Haitian culture. Over these many years we have gained the trust and confidence of our Haitian colleagues, enabling us to succeed where others cannot. We are well established in the NGO community in Haiti, and thus are capable of creating effective, productive partnerships. Over time we have developed an extensive network of like-minded Haitian colleagues - educational, church and community leaders - who respect our work and actively seek opportunities for collaboration. As a small organization, we are also capable of being nimble and responding to programming and other needs quickly and appropriately.

Key achievements since 2009 include:
- Completely rebuilding 3 partner schools after the earthquake
- Building and opening in September 2012 the Haiti Partners Children's Academy, a model school currently serving over 300 pre-K through 8th grade students
- Training over 1,100 grassroots leaders, educators and local officials in democratic practice and participatory education (with USAID)
- Training over 250 residents of Habitat for Humanity housing development and helping them to organize a community governance organization
- Improving the quality of education at all partner schools through innovative trainings, the introduction of participatory, student-centered education methods, and administrative accompaniment

Work yet to do:
- Grow the Children's Academy and Learning Center all the way through to 12th grade, securing space and ongoing funding to support it.
- Improve training and support system for partner schools so that we see deeper, more significant changes at all schools.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Students, families and communities in Haiti.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Regular meetings,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We decided not to hold an in-person graduation for the 6th graders at the Children's Academy because of security concerns voiced by our Haitian colleagues.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Since the beginning we have striven to be as open, transparent and inclusive as possible with the people we serve in Haiti as well as with our supporters and partners in the US and elsewhere. We believe this has made our partnerships deeper and more substantial and has led to stronger more durable relationships of trust that have helped us work through many challenging times and situations.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HAITI PARTNERS

Board of directors
as of 05/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Victor

Deanna Slamans

Author & educator

Houston Kraft

Speaker, leadership trainer, kindness advocate

Ben Blair

Co-founder of Teachur.co

Lisa Victor

Ken Linsteadt Architects

Christa Brelsford

Research Scientist

Linda Crouse

BAR Architects

Miranda Ash

WorldBlu

Patrick Collins

Healthcare Trust

Thomas Crowley

Architect, sustainability advocate

Andrea Rupp

Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Hudson Pacific Properties

Christina Vernace

Pediatric resident physician at University of Florida Shands Children’s Hospital

Frank Alerte

Assistant General Counsel at Brown & Brown, Inc.

Tawana Guillaume

Engineer & Educator

Nancy Magloire

Educator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Haitian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability