Locally Haiti (formerly Colorado Haiti Project)

Louisville, CO   |  www.locallyhaiti.org


Locally Haiti advocates for and invests in locally-led initiatives to support the vision of our partner communities in rural Haiti.

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Principal Officer

Wynn Walent

Main address

908 Main St

Louisville, CO 80027 USA

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NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Rural (S32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The common narrative around Haiti focuses on the real and tragic consequences of poverty and natural disaster. These real consequences lead more than 133,000 Haitians to leave rural areas annually for overcrowded urban centers or dangerous routes of emigration due to a lack of investment and opportunity. What we miss hearing about Haiti is their singular history and vibrant culture of creativity, beauty, and possibility. Most importantly, the story of Haiti we hear often leaves out Haitian voices that deserve a place at the center of their stories.

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?

Agriculture and Food Security

CHP supports an agriculture learning program based at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou de Nippes. CHP also supports a locally managed seed bank, a tree-planting program, and the installation of water wells and catchment systems. In addition, our local agronomist and health aids are conducting a pilot program with the Moringa tree, (known as benzoliv in Haiti) which holds promise in creating both economic and health outcomes for the community.

• Tree Planting and Gardening Program provides education and resources to 80+ families, reducing food insecurity and malnutrition. Over 1,100 trees were planted in the first six months of the program.
• Community-owned and operated seed bank program developed after Hurricane Matthew, meets an urgent need and lays the foundation for future agricultural outreach programs
• Focus on vegetables, fruit trees, and high nutritional and economic yield crops like Moringa help families stay healthy
• Early research into carbon offset programs like mangrove restoration and conservation, tree planting, and regenerative farming practices
• Our local agronomist has begun work with community -based animal husbandry co-ops with plans to directly benefit over 200 families by the end of 2020.
•Over 100 smallholder farms receive regular consultations with our local agronomist to troubleshoot gardening challenges, provide recommendations, and share the most up-to-date knowledge and information on farming techniques.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

CHP works to reinforce local health structures in and around our sister community, Petit Trou de Nippes, providing access to training, specialized equipment, materials, and financial support. CHP helps to fund the work of 45 health workers who are trained to serve as first responders and health educators in hard-to-access communities. These men and women work in direct contact with the local clinic leadership staff. Additionally, 12 CHP-funded water wells are fully community-owned and serve as a vital component of a healthier population.

• 43 community health workers provide care to a population of 24,000
• Health workers focus on treatment for infectious diseases such as HIV and TB
• A growing focus on maternal health through a Locally Haiti- supported Continuing Education Program
• Direct engagement with traditional birth attendants and health workers has led to more births taking place at the clinic rather than at home
• Supplementary support for salary and supplies at the clinic
•20 new Community Health Agents, formalized community health workers in Haiti’s health system, were certified which doubled the amount of trained polyvalent Health Agents and therefore increase access to healthcare in the community.
• 25 Community Health Aides assist Agents at vaccine rallies and other important community health events. This synergy with the formal health care system has allowed our organization to work together with the head nurse of the local clinic and support her health campaigns in the community.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

St. Paul's School has provided education to over 5,000 children since it was founded with CHP support in 1989. St. Paul's proudly operates a student gardens and agriculture program, a girls' empowerment program, courses on entrepreneurship, and an early childhood education center. The campus also serves as a base for other CHP programs, like girls' mentoring programs from other schools, and agriculture training for area families.

• St. Paul’s School is the foundational program of Locally Haiti; Current enrollment is 356 students, 54 percent of whom are girls
• The school is state-accredited and was recognized as a School of Excellence by the Ministry of Education; Student programs focus on girls’ empowerment, agriculture, and entrepreneurship
• A thriving pre-kindergarten and early childhood education program fill an important need in the region
• St. Paul’s School and campus are transitioning to solar power. Additionally, CHP has funded eight solar technician scholarships for local community members who are now certified to maintain solar grids.
• Locally Haiti has supported 26 higher education scholarships; These students return to Petit Trou with vital skills in nursing, teaching, agriculture, electrical, plumbing, solar, and more
• In early 2020, we completed construction of a new, seismically safe school building that houses pre-kindergarten through 6th grade classes and offers space for community and club meetings outside of school hours

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Working in cooperation with other grassroots Haitian organizations focused on girls' and women's empowerment, CHP supports community leaders in and around Petit Trou with focused programming that challenges troubling gender dynamics and provides safe spaces and resources for dialogue.

• Zero teen pregnancies among GEM Program participants since 2016
• GEM Clubs focus on mentoring, communication skills, and targeted vocational and financial management training at three schools
• Curriculum created in Haiti by expert partners with knowledge of the local context
• Education and training provided to community health workers on issues of gender-based violence, creating synergies, and developing a key community-based network
• Engagement with all sectors of civil society in Petit Trou, including future focus on involving men and boys

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

Colorado Haiti Project aims to fill the opportunity gap in Petit Trou de Nippes, our sister community of over 30 years. Petit Trou is home to a group of talented leaders deeply devoted to making progress in their community of more than 30,000 residents. By supporting community development through local leadership, we are working towards a Petit Trou that can thrive, one family at a time.

Our overlapping programs in education, agriculture, girl’s empowerment and community health support the overall well-being and economic development of Petit Trou. Additionally, CHP funds entrepreneurial and artisanal work, creating additional jobs and revenue for the community.

CHP believes in the power of authentic partnerships and relationships for supporting real change led by the community of Petit Trou. For over 30 years, CHP has been building friendships with the people of Petit Trou through frequent trips to Haiti.

St. Paul’s School- a high quality preschool through 10th grade that has provided education for over 5000 students since its founding. St. Paul’s offers classes in the Haitian core curriculum as well as arts, entrepreneurship, sports and agriculture.
Local partnerships with people like our Agronomist, Raphael, who visits every student’s home at least twice per year to advise families on how they can help their children integrate the knowledge and skills learned at Garden Club into the family’s farm. He also has begun working with community based animal husbandry co-ops and provides regular consultations with farmers to troubleshoot gardening challenges.
In partnership with Haitian expert organization Repanse Pouvwa (translation: re-think power) and its international partner, Beyond Borders, CHP has funded training and salary support for eight dedicated staff, including six mentors, who implement girls’ empowerment programming in three area schools. Activities have included after-school, girls’ club programming, summer camps for both girls and boys, and introductory trainings for health workers in the area.
CHP provides salary and stipend support for 43 community health workers who provide front-line care, first aid, and support for community health initiatives.
Facilitating continuing education programs for the health workers and clinic staff, through a partnership with Colorado-based practitioners and health centers as well as in-country experts.
CHP is providing supplies, equipment, and financial resources to the local government clinic. CHP is also encouraging and facilitating better data collection, analysis, communication and learning at both the clinic and health worker level to strengthen the local system and make the best use of resources.
CHP relies on its donors, Board of Directors, staff, interns and volunteers to provide financial support and raise awareness of CHP programs.

In early 2020, construction was completed on a new, seismically safe school building that houses pre-kindergarten through sixth grade classes and offers space for community and club meetings.
CHP has provided higher education and technical scholarships for over 25 students in education, agriculture, nursing, accounting, business, plumbing, and solar technician work.
Thanks to a grant from the IEEE, 2020 will see the installation of a ground-mounted solar micro-grid on St. Paul’s campus. CHP has also funded eight solar technician scholarships for local community members who are now certified to maintain this solar grid and potentially others in the community.
Families are incentivized to plant and protect trees at home. This initiative alone has led to the planting of over 1,100 trees in the first six months of the program.
Over 100 girls currently participate in the Girl’s Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) program, and thanks to a recent grant, the GEM program is growing to engage with more community-based programs and initiatives.
CHP has trained and provides a salary to 25 Community Health Aides. In March 2017, 20 new Community Health Agents were certified and began to work, doubling the amount of trained polyvalent Health Agents.
One of our future goals is to implement carbon positive community programs in Petit Trou that focus on terrestrial tree-planting and a pilot program to study possibilities for mangrove conservation and restoration. We are also developing a Colorado-based program that will allow churches, small businesses, or families the opportunity to offset their carbon footprints through carbon sequestration efforts in Haiti.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


Locally Haiti (formerly Colorado Haiti Project)

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Locally Haiti (formerly Colorado Haiti Project)

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erica Arnold

Erin Ulric

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Paul Chyc

Teresa Henry

Austin Snowbarger

NextFifty Initiative

Erica Arnold

PG Arnold

Martina King

Denver Health

Jana Schleusner

Jamie Kilcoyne

K Financial & Coalfire Controls

Linda Davidson

Jennie Fleurant

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? 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 03/10/2021

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


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