Hope for Haiti Announces Inaugural Leadership 360 Program Class in Southwest Florida

Naples, Florida, October 1, 2018 – Hope for Haiti announced today the members of the inaugural class of its new professional development program, Leadership 360.  The leadership program is a two-year curriculum designed to engage globally minded change-makers in South Florida in local and international service, global education, and advocacy. Featuring exclusive learning and networking opportunities, Leadership 360 culminates in a one-week service learning trip to Haiti.

“We are honored and excited to be able to work with such a talented class,” said Hope for Haiti CEO Skyler Badenoch. “We look forward to engaging with this leadership class to make a positive impact on important issues at home and abroad.”

Founding Class members include:

  • Wilma Davilus (Level Up Coaching and Consulting);
  • Tatiana Fortune (Golden Gate Senior Center);
  • Angel Lamerique (PNC Wealth Management);
  • Esther Lully (Timeless Worth Coaching and Consulting, LLC);
  • Chris Merasse (iPartner Media);
  • Colette Oduy (Florida Cancer Specialists),
  • Carine Simon (Fischer Realty), and
  • Brooke Spencer (Wellfit Girls).

To learn more about the program and the inaugural class members, visit www.hopeforhaiti.com/leadership360.

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“Where Is Home? Haitians Counting Down”

July 30, 2018 | WGCU Public Media – Gulf Coast Live

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is set to expire in a year for people from. These are people who were given refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake of 2010. They were given the right to work, their children were able to attend school, and thousands of TPS families in Florida hold mortgages on homes. The end of Temporary Protected status was set by President Donald Trump for July 22, 2019, meaning in one year, thousands of people living in Southwest Florida will have to leave. We’re spending the hour learning more about Haiti — how it came to be, and how it is now, eight years after that earthquake. And throughout the year, we’ll talk with Haitians in our community about how they’re planning for the end of TPS, in our project called “Where is Home- Haitians Counting Down.”

Our guests are: Dr. Philippe Girard, professor of Caribbean history at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and author of “The Memoir(s) of Toussaint Louverture.” Professor Girard has studied and published extensively about the life and impact of Toussaint Louverture, who led that successful 1791 slave rebellion in what was then the French colony of Saint-Domingue; and Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Naples-based Hope for Haiti.

Listen to the full segment here.

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10 Best Humanitarian Relief Organizations

July 24, 2018 | Charity Navigator

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting outstanding humanitarian relief organizations. These charities are hard at work around the world to deliver aid and relief supplies to vulnerable communities. And, all have received our highest rating, 4 stars, which proves their commitment to financial health and accountability and transparency.


By focusing on the school as the center of a community’s nutrition and healthcare, clean water, infrastructure, and economic needs, Hope for Haiti connects, heals, and empowers partners toward sustainability. Hope for Haiti believes in using technology to foster education, human capital, and the economy. Their cutting-edge programs apply concepts including social business, solar power, UV filtration, the use of Electronic Medical Records to efficiently solve problems and improve the quality of life of the Haitian people. Hope for Haiti has been making an impact in Haiti for more than 29 years.

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Making A Difference: There is hope for Haiti

July 23, 2018 | Naples Daily News

There is hope for Haiti and its challenges, and that hope is bolstered by a nonprofit organization in one of the wealthiest communities in America, right here in Naples.

Hope for Haiti is headquartered in Naples. Founded by JoAnne Kuehner 30 years ago, Hope for Haiti’s mission is and always has been to work to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. The hand has come in the form of the more than $100 million in both cash and in-kind contributions over the years while touching the lives of 500,000 Haitians each year.

Their programs empower communities to improve education, healthcare, water, infrastructure and economic opportunity. Their vision is that the people of Haiti will take control of their future. Hope for Haiti, in turn, lends a helping hand along the way.

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Jaguars’ Marcell Dareus Donates $125,000 to Help Fund School in Haiti

June 28, 2018 | Sports Illustrated

During his second trip to Haiti in the past two offseasons, Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus attended the groundbreaking for a school that will be named after him, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union.

Dareus, whose father was Haitian, donated $125,000 through Hope for Haiti to help fund a three-classroom building at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy, according to The Times-Union. Along with the actual building, Dareus’s donation will also help fund teachers’ salaries, get school supplies and establish some of the necessary infrastructure for sustaining education, according to The Times-Union.

“It is one thing to give money to something and hope for the best; it is quite something else to witness your efforts and see the gratitude and thankfulness of not just the children, but the whole community, for doing what you’re doing,” Dareus said according to The Times-Union.

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Jaguars Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus Makes Humanitarian Trip To Haiti

June 27, 2018 | Forbes

Off the field, Dareus is making a difference, too. During his team’s break before training camp he traveled to Haiti, the country where his father was born and lived until his early adulthood. Dareus’ dad, Jules, died from prostate cancer when Dareus was a young boy. His mother, Michelle Luckey, raised him in Birmingham, AL with the help of his grandmother. Dareus’ mom would die of heart failure in 2010. On her death bed, she told her son she wanted him to visit Haiti. Dareus promised his mother he would go there.

This is the second time the two-time Pro Bowler has gone to his father’s homeland. After his first visit he was so touched by the children he met that he knew he would return. He also committed financially to helping them. During his first visit he donated $25,000 and on his most recent trip he gave money again to support children in Haiti. Though his partnership with Hope for Haiti, a charity based in the United States, and a $125,000 donation through his Dareus Foundation he will help to fund a three classroom building for primary school children. Currently they attend daily classes in the small town’s church. In addition to funding the physical building, Dareus’ efforts will help pay for teachers’ salaries and school supplies.

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Marcell Dareus building classrooms in Haiti with $125,000 donation

June 21, 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is on his second humanitarian trip to Haiti, and this time the former Alabama standout brought a $125,000 donation with him.

On Wednesday, Dareus attended the groundbreaking for the Marcell Dareus School Wing at Christ-Roi Primary School in Cammy.

“I’m overwhelmed with appreciation that Hope for Haiti and the Haitian community are welcoming me back with the dedication and construction of a school wing in my name,” Dareus said in a release. “More importantly, giving back to the Haitian children is so important to me because I see myself in them. Meeting the children last time has stuck with me and motivated me to continue to give back and do as much as I can to help them receive the best education possible. …

“This is something I’m extremely passionate about and something I hope will be part of my legacy long after I’m finished playing football. My first trip there was an eye-opening experience for me. There are so many selfless people there who are working to make their lives better. It’s amazing what they’re doing, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Gulfshore Business Daily: June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Naples, FL

Hope for Haiti has launched a new professional development program in place of its former Next Generation Board. The program, Leadership 360, is a two-year leadership and development program designed for emerging change-makers in South Florida. Featuring learning and networking opportunities, Leadership 360 culminates in a service trip to Haiti. To learn more and apply, visit www.hopeforhaiti.com/leadership360. Applications are open through Aug. 15.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus taking humanitarian trip to Haiti

June 18, 2018 | Florida Times-Union

With five weeks off before training camp opens, Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is bound for the Caribbean to reconnect with his late father’s homeland — Haiti.

On Wednesday, he will see the groundbreaking and dedication of a three-classroom wing that will be named after him at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy. He was scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Monday and will be welcomed by Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant.

“It means the world to me to have an opportunity where I can help out, give a little back,” Dareus said last week. “I can’t change the world, but I can change a life.”

It is the second consecutive offseason that Dareus, 28, has traveled to Haiti. Last year, he met more than 800 children and was struck by the emotions he saw.

Through the Dareus Foundation, he donated $25,000 to the U.S.-based charity, Hope for Haiti. And he’s expected to make another significant donation this week to the charity that serves as an implementing partner for school construction, teacher training, teacher salary subsidies, mobile clinics and back-to-school support for students.

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