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Hurricane Matthew devastates 3 years’ of effort in 24 short hours!

Northern Friends of Haiti has been recognized as having an ideal model for assisting communities in developing countries.  Their methodology is one of “empowerment”; they partner with local Haitian communities to clarify their needs and develop solutions. They then inject money directly into the local economies by hiring the residents […]

Proposed Community Educational Facility

Northern Friends of Haiti is committed to our self-imposed requirement that all solutions we develop in the South Bayonnais Valley of Haiti must be Sustainable. This means solutions will have continuance; eventually being managed and maintained by members of the communities benefitting without requiring outside assistance. We believe the key […]

Emergency Food Program – response to the 2015 drought

When greeting a Haitian child, I typically get one of two reactions. More often than not, it’s an exuberant “Bonjou!” (Hello) because they are so happy to see you. They are aglow with beautiful smiles that seem to take up their entire face. The alternative response is inquisitively locking eyes […]

The Elaine Harrington Community Clinic – Update

Last year, Northern Friends of Haiti (NFoH), in association with our Haitian partners and the “Leadership Coalition” who represents the Bayonnais Valley community, built a combined Community Center and Medical Clinic in the village of Lacoupe. This extensive project, with a final cost of approximately $50,000, was conceptualized in January, […]

eTown eChievement Award

In April of 2015, Mark Gilbert and Theresa Fortner and Northern Friends of Haiti (NFOH) were awarded the eTown eChievement Award for their service for others in Haiti. The achievement award is given to individuals and companies who donate their own time and resources to helping those in need. In […]

Food Crisis in Bayonnais Valley, Haiti

Imagine sitting in the dark, trying to study with a stomach that has not received food in days. “Since the beginning of 2015, Haiti has been facing a persistent drought in various agro-ecological zones. This drought has resulted in the loss of more than 50% of the 2015 spring campaign […]

New Rural Medical and Community Center Opens

  The intention to develop a combined community and medical center in the remote, mountainous valley of Bayonaisse was announced in March of this year. (refer to Blog dated March 18, 2015) The conceptual design was sketched by Mark, then evolved into construction plans and a wonderful rendition which helped […]

$50,000 Matching Grant boosts soil conservation and reforestation efforts

Northern Friends of Haiti received a $50,000 private grant to be used exclusively for soil conservation and reforestation initiatives. The grant requires us to match this amount in fundraising; the matching funds can be used as best needed and will be applied towards the construction of a new medical/community center […]

Proposed “multipurpose” building for serving remote communities

Rendition of proposed medical & community center Our efforts to develop clean water sources, implement advanced sanitation practices and improve food stability through soil conservation and reforestation are being received well in Lacoupe, Bayonnais.  We are now expanding our focus on improving medical services and meeting other community needs for […]

Practicing Sustainable Solutions in Haiti

A facility has been built in the remote, mountainous valley of Bayonnais which will provide housing for Mark who spends 75% of the year in Haiti; for other individuals and teams who come to help; and storage space for the equipment and materials needed for various programs. Northern Friends of […]

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