Our History

29 years of love.

29 years after its inception, Hope for Haiti continues to generate long-term success from the foundation on which it was built. It only took one time for the children of Haiti to capture the heart and soul of Naples, Florida resident and humanitarian, JoAnne Kuehner. Wanting to make a difference by focusing on education, she put her trust and support into Haitians who were already striving for success. Joining forces with Dr. Keith Hussey in 1997, the organization’s focus expanded to nutrition and healthcare.

Hope for Haiti continues to partner with those in Haiti who are doing an excellent job and support them in furthering their work. We do not build and run our own schools. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we work directly with those who are successfully ministering to the poor and who will be there for the long term. In this way, we make sure that over 95 cents of every dollar donated is used for programs that can help create a better future for the children of Haiti.

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 towards sustainability. Hope for Haiti believes in using technology to foster education, human capital, and the economy. Our cutting-edge programs apply concepts including social business, solar power, Ultra Violet filtration, and the use of Electronic Medical Records to efficiently solve problems and improve the quality of life of the Haitian people. We offer professional development opportunities to equip our team of Haitian staff members and partner institutions to build capacity to address the future’s challenges.

Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path.

What was once only a vision has now become a reality. On behalf of the over 500,000 children and adults we touch each year, thank you for believing in us!