Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: March 17, 2014, 3:33 AM
The Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We operate with a small staff in Colorado (3 employees), a larger staff in Haiti (45 employees) and a host of dedicated volunteers and interns. We work in partnership with the Haitian people to achieve developmental goals that lift communities out of extreme poverty by increasing access to and capacity for foundational educational opportunities, community health, and economic self-sufficiency.
CHP was founded in 1989 by three Episcopal priests: Haitian Father Octave LaFontant and Colorado Fathers Dayle Casey and Ed Morgan. Over time, we have transitioned from direct service missions to long-term asset building and community development. All are welcome to join us in our work, regardless of religious affiliation.
Community Health: The CHP is committed to supporting the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) and working in partnership with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health). Together, we work to fill defined gaps in the present health care system in Petit Trou. This includes the creation of a local community health council and eventually the construction of a clinic that effectively addresses the needs of the constituents.
Education: Our vision for St Paul's is twofold: within 5 years it will 1) offer a high school diploma and 2) be the best school in the Southern Peninsula. Education opportunities are vital to the long-term success of this community.
Vocational Training: Economic self-sufficiency has long been a goal of this community. The women's sewing school is currently striving to receive accreditation, while a Colorado team is working with community members to develop and sustain a comprehensive vocational school to bring additional skills and economic stability to the area.
Clean Water: In 2008, CHP drilled 12 wells that serve about 15,000 people. Two community members, Jude & Jean-Donald, are employed to perform well maintenance and training. With their help, we are laying the groundwork to transition the cost and effort of well maintenance from us to the local community. This is possible because community members know firsthand the significant impact of clean water on their health and well-being!