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Helping Haitian Angels

Investing in Haiti's children so that communities thrive

aka Helping Haitian Angels HHA   |   Haymarket, VA   |  https://www.helpinghaitianangels.org

Mission

Investing in Haiti’s children and families through holistic care, education, and the transformative power of the gospel so communities thrive.

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Ruling year info

2009

Founder and Executive Director

Debbie Harvey

Co-Founder

Mr. William Harvey

Main address

15564 Legacy Way

Haymarket, VA 20169 USA

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EIN

26-4545377

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission at Lekol Harvey Christian School is to provide a safe, enriched learning environment where children develop intellectually, socially, spiritually and civically engaged through a variety of instructional and learning approaches taught by dedicated and skilled teaching professionals. Lekol Harvey (The Harvey School - our Haitian staff insisted the school be named after it’s founders) first opened its doors in October 2014 with 91 children (51 from our local community). We initially hired seven certified Haitian teachers to ensure that school is taught in Haitian Creole. Though most children in Haiti speak Haitian Creole, the traditional language taught in schools has always been French. Research shows that children learn best in the languages they speak fluently. So we selected the Matenwa Methodology for our new school. This means that we teach in native tongue and introduce French and English as foreign languages in 4th grade.

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?

Meals provided to children and adults

This program provides 2 meals and 1 snack each day for our  45 children who live in our family homes, Kay Anj D'Yiti in Cap Haitien, Haiti and also for the 190 children who attend our primary school. This program also provides meals for the adults that care for our children. We also provide meals due to the Haiti economic downturn and crisis. We provide meals to families in our neighboring communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

We at HHA believe that Education is Freedom.  In Haiti there are no 'free' public schools.  Schools cost between $100 and $1000 per year for each child.  We believe that we must invest in education for the children so that they can invest in their beautiful country. We opened our school in 2014. This year we will educate 220 children. Kay Anj Christian School has a robust STEM program for all grades from PreK to 6th grade. We teach in haitian kreyol, native tongue.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

At Kay Anj we have two nurses who live on sight. The children are cared for medically and if an emergency arises, staff transport them to a local hospital 15 minutes away. We also have an American pediatrician and team who visit our village annually. If the IBESR (Childrens Services) brings an abandoned child to us, within 24 hours the child receives a full health/medical checkup at the local hospital.
At Kay Anj there is an on sight dental clinic. The clinic was closed during the pandemic but will open again in August 2023.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Widows and widowers

At Kay Anj orphanage our kids attend our village church, Legliz Espwa or Hope Church. Legalize Espwa is a very active church with leadership committees, youth groups, choirs. Approximately 300 people attend church weekly. The children also attend a summer Bible Camp as well as many biblical programs throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Caregivers
Families
Non-adult children

KAV children learn a vocation/trade beginning at age 12 so that when they 'graduate' from Kay Anj orphanage they will be able to earn a living to take care of themselves and their families.  We want to invest in our kids so that they become productive members of the Haitian society.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth

The Haitian government requires that all children 18 years old and up leave an orphanage. We provide training, learning for young women and a young men in our transitional homes. These young people learn life skills, attend professional schools, university, learn to interview etc.
These young people intern each summer.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Awards

Passioneer of the Month 2010

http://www.passionsandpossibilities.com/passioneers/passioneer-of-the-month-award/

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 meals served or provided

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Meals provided to children and adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide two meals each day for 42 children and 70 staff. We also provide one meal daily during the school year for 210 students who come to our school from the local community.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Non-adult children

Related Program

Transitional Learning and Living

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide training in banking, budgeting, food shopping, summer school classes, spiritual enrichment for our young people over the age of 16 who are learning to live on their own.

Number of service recipients who are employed

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide full time jobs for Men, Women and the Aged in our local community.We also provide part time jobs to local community members.

Number of farmers given information about key markets

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide educational farming in both our school and our community. Learning to farm in Haiti can provide nutritious food for families generationally.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Medical and Dental Check Ups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have doctors, nurses, dentists provide training and clinics for our children and adults quarterly. They learn to take care of basic dental and medical for themselves.This includes Reunification.

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Families

Related Program

Spiritual Enrichment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We teach and empower children to take care of themselves. We teach them to respect, honor and love themselves and their house parents. This includes our school students who also learn these skills

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We strive to hire teachers with a university level degree in Haiti. Our teachers attend annual continuing education and training. we are very proud of our school and staff.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide continuing education and training by the Matenwa CLC, P4H in our village for our educators annually. We teach in Haitian Kreyol, native tongue.We do quarterly teacher training. We train

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This year we have introduced STEM education to our daily curriculum in our school. The educators and students have great interest in learning STEM. The possibilities are endless.

Number of schools established in rural communities

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

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We built and opened our school in 2014. We opened it to our orphaned and abandoned children as well as the children in our community. Our school is a model school in Northern Haiti.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 we had 92% success rate on National Exams. We teach in native tongue, Haitian Kreyol because we believe children learn best when they are taught in the mother tongue language.

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide 100% of our caregivers trauma informed training monthly so that they are better equipped to take care of the children in there care that have suffered from trauma and attachment disorders

Number of parents and caregivers who received dental health education

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Medical and Dental Check Ups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

we have a full service dental clinic on our property that provides dental training for parents and children 3 times each year.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Medical and Dental Check Ups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide psychological and trauma care for our children that show signs of stress, problems related to abandonment, abuse. We employ a Haitian psychologist as well as an American psychotherapist.

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide adult literacy to community neighbors who have never learned to read or write. We brought in an organization to train two of our Haitian staff to teach the course

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

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

Children, Infants and toddlers, Adolescents, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Education/Schooling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began our Papiyon program for children with special needs. Special needs (intellectual needs) Cirriculum or programs cannot be found in Haiti. As a result we created our own and it is flourishing

Number of meetings held with decision makers

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Transitional Learning and Living

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We had less in 2020 because of Covid and quarantine. In 2022 we met with IBESR, Unicef, BBM and many more

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.

Our goal is to raise a generation of Haitian children to adults who will have the personal foundation to go to University, Professional Schools and Vocational Schools. These Young adults will have the skills, knowledge and tools to achieve all God intended for them. They are the future of Haiti. They are the future leaders of Haiti. They will be good parents changing the future for Haiti generationally.
We are in the process of reunifying our children with families. We start with Biological families and when they cannot be found we move to Foster/Mentor families and Kinship Families. We provide Family Strengthening training to these families that include job training and preparedness.

Lekol Harvey (The Harvey School) first opened its doors on October 10th, 2014 with 91 children (51 from our local community) in grades pre-k to 6th grade. We hired seven eager Haitian teachers. Our school is taught in Haitian Creole.
Though most children in Haiti speak Haitian Creole, the traditional language taught in schools has always been French. Research shows that children learn best in the languages they speak fluently.
After months of research we chose the Matenwa Methodology for our new school. This means that we teach in native tongue and introduce French and English as foreign languages in 4th grade. The children learn in the garden, learn agricultural techniques and use the garden for hands-on learning of science and math. Children are not hit, physically punished, or humiliated.
Our children get a hot breakfast – for many, their only meal of the day. They also enjoy a Vita Mamba snack (nutritionally enhanced peanut butter) each day. Our children engage, and they learn. Matènwa curriculum continues to adapt “best practices” of American progressive education. Research shows that children’s reading is enhanced by having age- and culture-appropriate reading material, and by practicing writing. But virtually no early grades reading material exists in Haitian Creole. Our students write their own story books, which are printed and distributed for other students to read. So they learn.
From the start we learned the parents did not agree with our Haitian Creole instruction. They were afraid that if their kids don’t learn in French they were not going to graduate or make it through school. But now they see that with Creole, their kids are learning, they’re reading, and they’re understanding what they’re reading. Lekol Harvey successfully raises consciousness and excitement in the childrens parents, and shows them, that their kids will not be “stuck” with Creole.
Michel DeGraff, a Haitian professor of linguistics based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, describes educating children in a foreign language as "a well-proven recipe for academic failure".

We are preparing our current children and future generations for deep learning in Haiti. Haitian Creole is the right way to get our children from where they are to unlimited heights and possibilities!

We are capable of raising educated young adults in Haiti because we
hire Haitian teachers and professors who have Professional School and University teaching degrees. Most have not taught so have not learned the Haitian style of teaching. We fly our teachers to LaGonav, Haiti to stay at, learn, attend training at the Matenwa Community Learning Center.
Here they learn all the skills necessary to teach so that children LEARN.
We will add on Pre K class each year so that all of the children learn from the first day of school- the Matenwa Methodology.

Lekol Harvey opened its doors for the second school year on Sept. 7th, 2015. Though only open for one year (2014) we have accomplished so much.
We have grown from 91 students to 220 students. We have added a full time English and French teacher and have a robust STEM program for all grades.
Our teachers attend a two week continuing education training course at Matenwa CLC annually. We also provide rich training with P4H. They continue to learn new ways to get the children excited about education.
We have started to teach math and science in our garden. It's a wonderful way for the kids to learn about values, math skills etc.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Helping Haitian Angels

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Hoover

HHA

Term: 2015 - 2024

Bill Harvey

No Affiliation

Debbie Harvey

President

John MacDonnell

Patsy Norton

Education

Mike Hoover

chairman

Jim McCarthy

Finance

Jeanne Furcron

Grants

Chip Harris

Crisis Mgmt

Carol Wallace

Event planning

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2023

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.