Seeds of Hope for Haiti Inc

SOUTHBURY, CT   |  https://www.seedsofhopehaiti.org

Mission

Helping to grow an educated and healthy population in order to cultivate sound economic development in Grand Boulage and the surrounding region.

Ruling year info

2017

Chairman

Mr. David A. Rohlfing

Main address

PO BOX 284

SOUTHBURY, CT 06488 USA

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EIN

82-2194436

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Overcome the devastating effects of poverty in Grand Boulage, Haiti and the surrounding region.

Our programs

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

Education

Since the founding of the SHC Haiti Ministry – and continuing with SHH – education has been a core program we have been supporting. We do this in several ways. First, we supplement salaries of 35 teachers + 4 staff ($34,000/yr). We learned early on that the OLS school was having difficulty retaining teachers because they could earn more teaching in the city of Port-Au-Prince. Supplementing teacher salaries resulted in a much more stable teacher population within Grand Boulage. Second, we supplement the purchase of schoolbooks for all grades taught—K-9 ($18,000/yr). Third, we fund the school canteen ($18,000/yr). The canteen feeds lunch to approximately 450 students each day. We have learned that this is sometimes the only meal a student might have that day.

Population(s) Served

Compelled by the tragic death of the school principal who succumbed to complications arising from an abscessed tooth, SHH entered into a partnership with Medical Aid To Haiti (MATH), a 501(c)(3) established in 2009 in West Hartford, CT. Through MATH, we funded a mobile clinic ($34,772/yr) which traveled to Grand Boulage each Monday beginning in October 2016. The mobile clinic saw an average of 45 patients each visit. Unfortunately, because the Mobile Clinic could be present only 4-6 hours per visit, 10-15 patients were turned away each Monday. This was a hardship for those who might walk 3-4 hours to be seen. It was reported that some arrived the evening prior in order to better their chances of being seen. They would sleep outside the church where the mobile clinic would setup.

It was apparent the Mobile Clinic was not meeting the health care needs of Grand Boulage. In response, SHH partnered with Medicines For Humanity (MFH), another 501(c)(3), and commissioned a health survey for the village in mid-2017. The survey field work was completed in December of that year and a report published in February of 2018. The report confirmed our initial assessment and so we began planning with MFH and other partners to build, staff, and equip a permanent clinic within Grand Boulage, open five days a week. (In the meantime, the Mobile Clinic was still operating each Monday.)

The goal was to open the permanent clinic with a lab by January 2019. The actual opening was the first Monday in February, exactly one week after the Mobile Clinic’s last visit. That day, February 4th, the clinic saw 47 patients and turned away no one. The clinic now sees an average of 14 patients a day. For the months of February and March 2019 the clinic saw 509 patients over a seven-week period. Compare that to what the Mobile Clinic would have seen during the same period: 7 x 45 = 315.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Twinning. For more than ten years, the Haiti Ministry of Sacred Heart Church in Southbury, Connecticut, and its successor non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, Seeds of Hope for Haiti (SHH), have been building a relationship with the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) and the people of Grand Boulage, Haiti. We call that relationship “Twinned.”

Twinning is not unique, but it differs from many other well-meaning NGO relationships in that it is not transient. On the contrary, it can be likened to a marriage where the couple is responsible to one another for life. It is personal, loving, collaborative, and prayerful.

Collaborative. When our two parishes signed our Twinning Covenant in October 2009, we promised to work together to improve the lives of Grand Boulage villagers while helping both our parishes grow in faith together. The collaboration began, not by us offering a solution, but rather asking the village elders and the Parish Priest what their most pressing needs were. The collaboration continues today with SHH trips to Grand Boulage to jointly assess the never ending but frequently evolving needs. Moreover, together we developed strategic goals for Grand Boulage and Our Lady of Sorrows that guide our mutual efforts:

• An educated population,
• A healthy population,
• A Grand Boulage community that is self-reliant, and
• Spiritual Growth for the parishes of Our Lady of Sorrows and Sacred Heart Church (SHC) – “Growing in Faith Together”

Our Operating Model. Seeds of Hope for Haiti has no permanent presence in Haiti. Rather we partner with organizations who have on-going operations in Haiti, willing to provide services and perform tasks in Haiti that can aid us in meeting our goals. For example, we partnered with Food for the Poor, and Medicines for Humanity to establish a permanent clinic in Grand Boulage in February 2019.

Seeds of Hope for Haiti is sustainable.

Over the past ten years, our fundraising efforts have blossomed from approximately $40,000 per year to over $180,000 per year as we have added programs in support of our strategic goals. For more than five years, we have conducted two major fundraisers: An annual 5k Run/Walk raises an average of $18,955 net. Our annual Seeds of Hope Gala raises an average of $52,272 net. For the past two years, several private grants earmarked for the clinic have totaled $86,000 per year. They are projected to continue for at least one more year. We regularly receive $10,000 - $14,000 per year of non-grant donations from local supporters not associated with fundraisers. We continually reach out to philanthropic organizations and potential grantors for new and sustaining sources of revenue.

Since 2009, we have supported a school in Grand Boulage with teacher salary supplements, schoolbooks, and a canteen which feeds lunch to more than 450 students, K-9.

In just the past year, the new clinic has seen more than 2500 patients. Here is a sample from August 2019 through March 2020

Number of prenatal visits 118
Number of postnatal visits (within 6 weeks of birth) 11
Number of patient visits from children under 5 637
Number of patient visits for children 6-18 years old 223
Number of patient visits for women (not including pre/postnatal visits) 686
Number of patient visits for men 342
Number of total patient visits 2,017
Number of laboratory tests preformed 1,386
Number of vaccinations provided to children under 5 by Community Health Workers 2,624
Number of children receiving anti-parasite treatments and Vitamin A 567
Mothers/caregivers receiving information on preventing illnesses in children, nutrition and breastfeeding at the clinic 767

Financials

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Seeds of Hope for Haiti Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Rohlfing

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