At Haitian Educational Initiatives (HEI), we believe every child, no matter how poor, should have a chance to go to school. To rebuild itself, Haiti needs a population that can read and community leaders trained to manage positions of responsibility. Long term solutions to Haiti's problems must be developed by the Haitians themselves. Our mission is to help the Haitian people help each other, starting with primary education.
HEI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports Haitian-led initiatives that enable impoverished children to attend public or private school by providing funds for school fees, uniforms, learning materials and related necessities, as well as after-school homework tutoring and job training. We currently provide scholarships for 116 children and support 185 in our after-school and summer camp programs. We also train our Haitian partners to develop consolidate, sustain, and replicate their own models for success for leaders in other communities. Together, we and our Haitian partners are slowly rebuilding Haiti, child by child.
Please join us in the fight !
Our Mission Haitian Educational Initiatives, Inc. (HEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting Haitian-led initiatives that enable Haitian children to attend public or private school by providing funds for school fees, uniforms, learning materials and related… Read MoreLearn More
Our Haitian Partners We firmly believe that it takes Haitian solutions to resolve Haiti’s problems, therefore our goal is to identify Haitian community organizations that are taking responsibility for the children in their neighborhoods and are developing effective… Read MoreLearn More
Your contribution can make a big difference. When drought and famine occur, Fondation Jean Bellande Joseph needs food kits for 59 children and their families. These kits would contain the staples of the Haitian diet: a bottle of oil, a sack of rice, beans and spaghetti. A $50 box will feed a family of 6-8 for an entire month!
On average a year’s tuition costs only $150 per child, yet that is out of reach for many Haitian families. That is why the literacy rate remains so high – only 50% of Haitian children go to school. Your $150 contribution will cover tuition, uniforms, books, school supplies, backpacks and shoes, enabling children who would otherwise remain uneducated to have a chance to change their lives.
Each Saturday, the Fondation Jean Bellande Joseph gathers 60 children for an after school program and feeds them the one cooked meal per week they are likely to get: a leg of fried chicken, a scoop of rice and beans, and a slice of fried banana or sliver of tomato. Dinner for 60 costs over $300. Will you help?
Many of the children we serve live in tents or shacks with lots of squirmy siblings and demanding adults. Often their caretakers are illiterate. Doing their homework under these conditions is very difficult. CASED provides a safe, well-supervised study environment for 100 students. Monday through Thursday, three tutors assist each child with problem-solving and completing their assignments. A month of morning or afternoon sessions costs $500 and results in significantly improved school enrollment and performance.
Help us provide clean, safe study spaces! Our partner CASED has recently rented a building in which to conduct their after school tutoring program, cholera and rape prevention programs, and youth job training programs. CASED also cares for an additional 200 vulnerable children there on Saturdays. We have rented a satellite location for children who can’t walk from distant homes and schools to our downtown center. In addition, our partner FJBJ want to build a building for their programs in Cayes-Jacmel. They are currently operating out of an open shelter. Your donation will give these kids a safe and cheerful place to study and play. Please help!
Haitian Educational Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We keep our administrative costs low (9%) so your contribution goes directly to help Haitian children in need. Please click the ‘donate’ button to the right.
The kids of Jacmel thank you!
HEI is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. Our EIN number is 27-4250639.