Helping Hugs

Established to Create a Change

Saint Simons Island, GA   |  https://helpinghugsinc.org

Mission

Our mission is to help distressed communities in need of material, education, or medical supplies. Our goal is to promote healthcare, education, small business development and spiritual support. At the present time, we are concentrating our efforts in the city of Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti and surrounding mountain villages as a result of the devastating earthquake which occurred in 2010 and hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Robert Albert Hochwald

Vice President

Jan La Boone

Main address

PO Box 24477

Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 USA

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EIN

46-1321217

NTEE code info

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

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Clean Water

Our medical mission team identified the use of polluted water as a major source of illnesses that needed treatment during their annual visits to Cotes-de-Fer, Haiti. In the past few years, we have installed clean water systems where a source of water existed. We have also constructed several cisterns for the collection of water. We are currently embarking on a program to drill wells where a source of water does not exist in the surrounding communities. We have completed our first well this year in Mount Blanc, Haiti at a cost of $37,385. The well serves approximately 640 people. We plan to drill 7 more wells as funding becomes available.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics
Farmers

One of our primary goals is to help the people of Haiti help themselves – to enable them to lift themselves out of the poverty that makes Haiti the poorest country in the western hemisphere. As we improve the educational results in Haiti, young people will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to address the many challenges facing their country. For these eager students, education is the key to a better future.
Helping Hugs, Inc funds the operation of 3 primary schools in the region of Cotes-de-Fer, Haiti. The funds are used for teacher salaries, educational supplies and a school lunch program. We also provide scholarships for approximately 30 student to be able to attend a local high school. The budget for the school year 2021 - 2022 is $26,000.
Our goal is to begin a trade school in the next 2 years where students can learn a skill that will provide a source of income when they graduate.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

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Helping Hugs

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization