On the inauguration day of their new school, the students of Marre à Coiffe met us at the bottom of the mountain. As we hiked together for the next two and a half hours up a steep and narrow footpath, it was clear that the journey with us to the top of the mountain was their way of saying thank you for helping rebuild their school after it was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
Our gratitude for the students and the parents of Marre à Coiffe is reciprocal. Collaboration is a Hope for Haiti core value, and the support we received from the entire community was what made the new school project possible. It takes one person eight hours to transport a single bag of cement up the mountain to the new school site in Marre à Coiffe. We needed to transport more than 350 bags of cement and tons of construction materials up the mountain, and the parents of Marre à Coiffe stepped up to make that happen. They did it to improve the quality of education for their children.
The resilience and determination of the community of Marre à Coiffe reminds us that we can achieve much more by working together in collaboration than we can by working alone. The students, in particular, inspired us with their commitment to education and their ability to overcome numerous challenges to continuing their education, including one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall in the history of Haiti.
As we look inward this holiday season to the things for which we are grateful, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who supports Hope for Haiti. To our donors, our staff, and our community partners like the students and parents in Marre à Coiffe- Thank you for being part of a movement that is much greater than ourselves.
Students at Marre à Coiffe sing a song about their new school
Sak Pase: Hope for Haiti Happenings
Hope for Haiti World Diabetes Day Walk
Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne staff organized the inaugural World Diabetes Day walk in Les Cayes, Haiti on November 14, 2018, with an estimated 200 participants. Walkers were also offered diabetes screenings at Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary. Watch a video from the event below!
Save the Date! Upcoming Events
Food Packing Party (Naples, FL)
Volunteer to help pack 75,000 meals for Haiti in Naples, Florida on December 1, 2018. Any additional meals packed will benefit local Florida food banks. This is an event for all ages and is not to be missed. To register or view sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Florida Everblades Non-Profit Night (Estero, FL)
Hope for Haiti will be the featured non-profit organization at the Everblades game on January 12, 2019! For more information or to purchase tickets benefiting Hope for Haiti, please click here.
30th Anniversary Celebration Event (Naples, FL)
Join us in Naples, Florida for our Annual Gala on February 23rd, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Click here for more information.