Hands for Haiti’s mission is to facilitate education to break the cycle of poverty in Tremesse, Haiti. Hands for Haiti is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that provides complete financial support for St Mark’s School in Tremesse Village, Haiti. Our organization helps educate 230 children from pre-school through the 9th grade. The situation in Tremesse is dire. Before we built our school, over 90% of the children in the area had been unable to finish even primary school. In fact, many of the families could not afford to reliably provide a single meal each day for themselves and their children.
We’re working to change this. We believe that education is the long-term solution to the problem of desperate poverty that faces Haiti, but this can only ultimately be effective if it is provided alongside meeting the immediate needs of the schoolchildren– nutrition, clean water, and basic health. Because of this, Hands for Haiti has made providing nutrition and clean water a priority alongside education. Ultimately our shared vision is to provide our students, from one of the poorest areas of the world, with the resources to rise above. Our dream is to provide these children with the tools to enter trade school or University.
Hands for Haiti also believes that the best solutions to poverty are locally driven, which is why we chose to partner with the village committee of Tremesse—known locally as the Solidarity Committee. They are a group of concerned people who know intimately both what the problems are in their village, and what the solutions are. It is only because of the circumstances of dire poverty in Haiti that the community has been unable to achieve their goals. Hands for Haiti is proud to work with the villagers of Tremesse to help create a better future for the people of Haiti.