The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities living in the greater Jeremie region through healthcare, education and community development.
The history of the Haitian Health Foundation began in 1982 with a trip to Port-au-Prince by Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney, a Connecticut orthodontist who traveled to Haiti to provide free dental care.
In 1985, after working for three years in Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti with Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity, Mother Teresa requested that Dr. Lowney move his small outreach to the rural city of Jeremie. This southwestern area of Haiti suffers a dearth of health care.
HHF has established a stable and responsive preventive and curative health care system and development program in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. In addition to the city of Jeremie, HHF provides support to over 100 rural mountain villages in the Grand’Anse.
HHF is proud of an overhead of less than 9 cents for every dollar donated ~ over 91% of funds collected go directly to programs and services. These efforts have evolved over the last 30 years to create an organization that provides the following services: a primary health care outpatient clinic serving over 100,000 patients per year, an outstanding community health promotion and outreach program to mountain and remote villages, the construction of houses and latrines for many poor families and the elderly, goat distribution, feeding facilities, funding for primary and secondary education, and many other programs. HHF brings healthcare services, education, and sustainable development to a population of over 225,000 people in over 100 rural mountain villages. There is still so much to do, but HHF continues to change lives ~ one person at a time.
The Haitian Health Foundation and Tek4Kids share community knowledge and update each other on the status of the political environment, education and technology. They work together to provide a better outcome for the students and teachers that they serve.