Ansamn ansamn, nou pi fo! Together, together we are stronger. Haitian Proverb
Do You Really Know ?

We are beset with news articles about large, well-known and well-funded NGOs that have not used donations to fulfill their missions to better people’s lives. The La Gonave Haiti Partners use your donations to directly help the people of La Gonave, Haiti. We know them by name. We know their families. We worship with them when we are in Haiti.

Our nearly 30 years on La Gonave have taught us that people on the island want jobs. They want to educate their children and themselves. They want access to healthcare and food and safe drinking water. But, what we hear most often is that they want the tools they need to help each other. So they can teach, grow food, start small businesses, and help their community thrive.

We can give you statistics. This past year, we educated 1500 children and fed them a hot, nutritious lunch, educated 200 adult literacy students, provided 1000 women with prenatal care, and treated 345 children who were malnourished. We provided micro credit to 50+ entrepreneurs, distributed over 100 pregnant goats to farmers who had lost their livestock in Hurricane Matthew and, in total, supported the salaries of 225 people – teachers, cooks, doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, builders, translators, and more — on the island of La Gonave.

All of these people have directly benefited from your generous donations. You should know the names, faces and stories of the people whose lives you have changed because of your generosity. That is how you really know that what you are giving is making a difference. It feels good to support worthy organizations. It feels really good to see what a difference it makes.

Over the next two months, we are going to be posting many of the stories from the last year as part of our Annual Campaign. You will meet the people who have had their lives changed because of you. The money you give to the Annual Campaign allows us to respond to their needs as they arise. Money to our programs is important, but we also need the flexibility to shift our focus when there are natural disasters, droughts, and needs that come to our attention as a result of our many visits to partner with these people who we know and love.

At this time of giving, please accept our profound gratitude for your gifts of the last year. Know that we appreciate your thinking of La Gonâve and its people as you plan year-end giving. It is our honor and ethical duty to see that what you give us changes the lives of others. We take our job seriously!

Julie Hope and Lee Wilder, Development Committee, La Gonâve Haiti Partners

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Hilda and Nadia Foneis grew up on the island of La Gonave, Haiti with their parents and siblings. Their father, a former teacher, is the head Administrator for St. Francis School (pre-K – 12) and the nine Episcopal primary schools on La Gonave.

After the serious medical problems Nadia experienced as a child, both girls dreamed of becoming nurses. The girls have been star students and were able to enroll in nursing school after graduating from St. Francis School.

Nadia and Hilda have now graduated from four-year nursing school. Their parents moved heaven and earth to get them to this point believing education is the only path forward in helping bright young people reach their full potential and be able to give back to their communities. Many individuals in the partnership also helped these young women and now Nadia and Hilda are ready to serve as highly trained nurses.

This is just one amazing success story among countless ones La Gonave Haiti Partners has been a part of for nearly 30 years, thanks to the generous support of you and many others who believe in the work we are doing in partnership with the people of La Gonave, Haiti.

When we help to support schools, and pay salaries and assist with scholarship dollars, this is what happens. Please consider a donation to our annual fund.
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Lanau Belgrade and his wife have lived at Trou Jacques, a remote mountain village with no access to electricity or running water, for 30 years. Here is what he says about how the Partnership programs have impacted the life of his family:

We have seven children. Two have graduated from University ,four have finished secondary school, and one is still in school. We are very proud of them, but it is hard. I am the school principal, the lay leader of our church, a farmer, and I raise animals to sell. My wife is a community health worker, a teacherin the Alpha program, and has a stall at the market. We both work very hard to feed and educate our children.

The Partnership is so important to us. I cannot tell you all of the things, but everything they do is good for us. Our women can have healthy babies, Medika Mamba is a miracle for starving children, and I am so happy to have books and uniforms for our children at school.

The Belgardes are hard working and faithful servants to their community. Without even knowing it, you have contributed to their salaries and given them the tools to do their work which helps a community of over 2,000 people! Now, see what you have done? Please donate to our Annual Fund.
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