PENNIES FOR HAITI

Putting Children First

aka Haiti STEM Alliance   |   Coral Springs, FL   |  http://penniesforhaiti.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide hope for a better future to the Haitian people by giving the children a greater opportunity for success through educational opportunities, nutritious meals and medical assistance. We are serving the people of Haiti.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Raygine Francois

Main address

Po Box 771222

Coral Springs, FL 33077 USA

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EIN

27-2777353

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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

House of Hope

In August 2017, we opened our House of Hope for 12 princesses and, at the time, it looked like an orphanage. Something that we've come to understand elicits a negative connotation, one of abandonment and uncertainty. Through our House of Hope, we have provided the young ladies with love, support, stability, structure, education, and daily needs. We have learned a lot since August 2017.

So that's where we were, functioning as an "orphanage". That's not where we are today. Today, we've learned a lot about providing the basic fundamentals for the young princesses and changing what their past once looked like - into a future of possibilities. We have also learned that education is the key, and educational support is the main aspect that makes quite a difference. The princesses are enrolled in a Catholic school. They are flourishing and a lot of that has to do with our change in mindset and the providing of necessary educational support. We are not running an "orphanage", we are running a boarding school for vulnerable princesses and reducing the number of princesses growing up as children slaves.

Where we want to go! We are dedicated to helping those less fortunate and especially those with a disability to ensure they receive first the necessary care but also the education they deserve despite their disability or circumstances. While registering Clary one of our princesses, in school we were informed she would not be accepted due to her disability. The answer was clear to us. We had to start kindergarten for children with disabilities. Clary will be our first student but certainly not our last. We have to allow children with disabilities to receive the basic education they need to succeed.

In alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals this program falls into Goal 1 "No Poverty", Goal 2 "Zero Hunger", Goal 3 "Good Health and Well Being" and Goal 4 "Quality Education". The United Nations (www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org) has developed an agenda and created a plan of action to change the world, and meet goals, by 2030. This plan includes 17 sustainable development goals and Pennies for Haiti has developed some of these goals in order to change lives for women, children, and families in Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It’s an acronym that was coined to address the current and future shortage of skilled workers in high-tech fields and the inadequate education of students in these areas. The shortage of skilled workers and students in STEM is only half of the story. More alarming is the shortage of female skilled workers and students in STEM. Stats vary by country and by discipline but generally speaking, women make up only 15-25% of the current STEM workforce, and the gap is broadening.”

In addition, to closing the gap on the shortage of women workers in STEM the purpose of Haiti STEM Alliance’s program is also to break the cycle of poverty plaguing many families in Haiti. By assisting the next generation and especially girls in advancing, and finishing, their education we open a door to the community, economic and job growth and opportunities. We also envision by training more individuals in these disciplines that we would foster the opportunity for more technical jobs (related to computers and robotics) be created in Haiti. In addition, the success of this program could also invite other countries to outsource their technical jobs and allow the world to view Haiti as a leader in gender equality and STEM disciplines.

This program focuses on the educational equality and advancement of all children in Haiti. This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program has been developed to educate children of all ages and to encourage them to not only complete secondary school, but to pursue post-secondary education. This program reaches even farther than education by empowering our girls and creating leaders within the community that possess a range of skill sets.

In alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this program falls into Goal 1 “No Poverty” and Goal 4 "Quality Education". The United Nations (www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org) has developed an agenda and created a plan of action to change the world, and meet goals, by 2030. This plan includes 17 sustainable development goals and Haiti STEM alliance has adopted two of these goals in order to change lives in Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

One of the greatest obstacles for the people in Belle Fontaine is the lack of access to agricultural development. This project has been designed to help educate residents on topics such as composting, planting, farming, and fostering clean water from available sources - such as fog. SOS Belle Fontaine hopes to also plant trees, repopulate soil, grow food to feed residents and to sell (to support the economy), build a seed depot (to keep the area constantly producing) and foster water from natural resources.

Educating Belle Fontaine residents on agricultural endeavors and farming food will go a long way in helping to eradicate hunger, malnourishment, and poverty in the area. Pennies for Haiti has always been dedicated to feeding the children and now more than ever we see the need and opportunity to help the men and women of Belle Fontaine with the tools and knowledge to feed themselves and their children.

This project became very personal on October 23, 2016. In partnership with Societe Haitienne de Pediatrie (SHP) we provided a mobile clinic service in Belle Fontaine. While there I wanted the children suffering from malnutrition to be seen by the pediatrician. We were introduced to a 1-year-old baby boy named Julien. His Mom had just carried him for over 30 minutes to make it to the mobile clinic site. Even to the untrained eye, it was clear the baby was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Julien had blisters all over his face. His hands and feet were swollen and the poor kid was whimpering so ever softly. With the diagnosis of the pediatrician, what I had feared was confirmed. I immediately contacted the malnutrition center and we got on the road to head back into town. During the ride to the malnutrition center, the parents were clearly worried as they thought the baby had gotten worse in a span of 3 hours. They were right, minutes after our arrival there Julien was pronounced dead; it was too late there was nothing anyone could have done. I felt a sharp pain in my arms, legs, chest all unexplainable at the moment. How and why was it possible I was feeling so much sadness, I had known Julien for less than 3 hours yet I cried as if I had just lost a dear family member. I did not understand the sadness that consumed me, one thing I knew this could have been avoided had there been a malnutrition center closer to his home. In memory of Julien, I will fight for others who are suffering just like he had been since August 5, 2016.

In alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this project falls into Goal 2 "Zero Hunger", Goal 6 "Clean Water and Sanitation" and Goal 13 "Climate Action". The United Nations (www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org) has developed an agenda and created a plan of action to change the world and meet goals by 2030. This plan includes 17 sustainable development goals and Pennies for Haiti has adopted some of these goals in order to change lives for women, children, and families in Haiti.

Population(s) Served

The happiest day on earth for many children around the world, is the saddest day for many here in Haiti. Since the inception of Pennies for Haiti, we have worked in Caradeux. Every year we make sure to celebrate Christmas with a community of 400 people. For two consecutive years, we fundraised and had a Christmas Fair for the kids in Caradeux. Our project "Nwel Pou Timoun" or "A Meal for Christmas" (not a translation) project is never certain as we depend heavily on donors to get us through Christmas day. We often do not know what to expect until a few days before. In past years, Toys for Tots have helped us celebrate, donors have made last-minute donations to either purchase gifts or help us prepare and serve a hot meal with all the trimmings for the kids in the neighborhood. Last year, only a few days before Christmas God blessed us with a donation that ensured we were able to distribute 250 meals to children and adults. I always look forward to Christmas day because I get to be with them making Christmas...Merry! As always thank you for your support.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

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PENNIES FOR HAITI

Board of directors
as of 8/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Gerth


Board co-chair

Joshua Glow

T. Brandt

N. Georges

L. Valcin

R. Francois

M. Badio

D. Bijoux

A. Findeiss

J. Glow

S. Jacques

F. Jovin

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No