Responding to COVID-19: Our Action Plan
Dear Hope for Haiti Family,
We are thinking of you and your families, and I hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. Today is World Health Day, and I would like to take this opportunity to share what the Hope for Haiti team is doing in the global fight against COVID-19.
For the past month, our team has been implementing both short-term and long-term strategies to help Haitians prepare for and mitigate the social, economic, and health impacts caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the recent shifts in human behavior.
Our team took great care in using lessons learned from our response during the 2010 Earthquake, Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic, and Hurricane Matthew to plan our response. As always, we are fundamentally committed to adhering to the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and good governance as we put our resources to use to support children, parents, and grandparents in Haiti as they navigate these challenging times.
Over the next 2-5 months, Hope for Haiti’s 53 staff members in Haiti will work to accomplish the following activities with the supplies and cash we have on hand:
- Execute $30,000 in cash transfers to 429 teachers in Hope for Haiti’s Education network and mobilize them to share accurate prevention strategies to stop the spread of Covid-19 (April 15th)
- Distribute 50,000 surgical masks and 7,300 hygiene kits we have in stock for free to healthcare partners and students in southern Haiti. (April 15th)
- Provide 150 grants to street vendors, farmers, and female entrepreneurs totaling $13,000 in partnership with the Les Cayes Chamber of Commerce (April 30th)
- Distribute $10 million in on hand medical supplies, medication, and PPE to most vulnerable Haitians and 24 healthcare partners in southern Haiti with a focus on diabetes medications, blood pressure medications, and asthma medications. (By May 15th)
- Distribute 6,000 Sawyer Water Filtration Systems to families in southern Haiti to promote hand washing and consumption of safe drinking water (May 31st)
We invite YOU to be a part of our long-term strategy:
- Import and distribute $65 million in medical supplies, medication, and PPE to the most vulnerable Haitians and our 24 healthcare partners in southern Haiti with a focus on diabetes medications, blood pressure medications, and asthma medications. (2-3 Years)
- Provide MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) in southern Haiti with $3-5 million in grants and loans to support their business activities. (3 years)
- Work with households and farmers in rural communities in southern Haiti to plant 1 million fruit-bearing trees and school gardens to improve food security and income. (2-3 years)
- Distribute 30,000 Sawyer Water Filtration Systems to families in southern Haiti to promote hand washing and consumption of safe drinking water (3 years)
- Provide $1 million in direct cash transfers and trainings to the 429 teachers in our partner school network (5 years)
Thank you very much for your unwavering support to our organization and the people of Haiti. Please be assured that despite these very challenging times, our mission, core values, and vision for Haiti will stay the same, and we will never give up on our fundamental belief in the power of hope. We look forward to working with you now and in the future to build a healthier and better world.
Hope for Haiti CEO
100% of the funds raised will be used to support the cross-categorical response and recovery activities outlined above.
During this time of social-distancing, the second annual Hike for Haiti Challenge presents an opportunity for our community to join together virtually while physically apart. In the rural community of Marre à Coiffe, Haiti, students and families climb the equivalent of 200 flights of stairs from the bottom of a mountain in order to access clean water, healthcare, and an education. We challenge YOU to virtually hike Marre à Coiffe in solidarity.
As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is more clear than ever that education plays a critical role in healthcare. It is in Hope for Haiti partner schools where families and students receive proper hygiene education that can reduce illness and the spread of disease. Funds raised from the Hike for Haiti Challenge will directly benefit Hope for Haiti’s education and healthcare programming in the communities we serve.