You’ll find answers to common questions below. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions or would like more information on Haiti Now.
How can I make a donation?
First of all, thank you for any donation you would like to offer us! Visit our donation page to make a one-time donation or join our monthly giving program. You can also start a fundraising campaign to raise money for our programs.
How can I raise funds for Haiti Now?
There are many ways to raise funds using our online campaign tools to support our programs. For instance, you can request donations instead of birthday gifts, plan an event or party for charity giving, or run a race and ask for pledges per mile. You can also sell lemonade, hold a garage sale, or have a bake sale and donate the money to Haiti Now. Have fun with it—the possibilities are endless and we truly appreciate your efforts! Every cent will go to our programs and help empower Restavek girls who so badly need our assistance. Start a campaign now.
How can I volunteer for Haiti Now?
Our programs rely on our amazing volunteers and we are always in need of more kind people willing to step up and pitch in. We have many different volunteer opportunities and we would love for you to become part of our team. See our Volunteer page to get started.
How can I participate in a planned mission?
We have missions to Haiti throughout the year to observe our efforts, track the progress of our programs, and help ensure the success of our programs. We welcome your interest in joining us during our missions, but please keep in mind we have limited opportunities. Please contact us for further details.
How do I donate stock or other financial instruments?
Please contact us for more information.
How do I request a tax receipt?
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please contact us for a tax receipt.
How can I opt out of Haiti Now mailings, phone calls, and/or emails?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “REMOVE” as the subject line.
How do you determine the recipients?
Our focus is on Restavek girls. We have an established reputation serving Restavek girls who are identifiable by their living conditions and known through community outreach. We also receive referrals from the Brigade de Protection des Mineurs (BPM) and the Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR).
How much of my donation actually goes to your programs?
Haiti Now is an all volunteer organization with zero fixed overhead costs. You can rest assured that 100% of your donation goes directly to fund our programs.
How will you staff the new school and the Safe House?
The school will be staffed by qualified and licensed teachers trained by a local partner that shares our pedagogical strategy. The Safe House will have qualified and licensed caretakers according to Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR) standards. The school and the Safe House will share a psychologist, and each institution will have its own administrator. The Safe House will also have a chief Caretaker.
How will you ensure that the Safe House is in fact safe?
We support a culture of open dialogue and empowered residents with a sense of ownership. We have designed protected open spaces based on the traditional Haitian "Lakou" a courtyard, which is characterized by a cluster of living spaces around a communal center area. The land and the construction will be fully owned and access will be exclusive to residents. All residents and personnel will actively know and maintain written policies governing protocols, rights, and duties.
The ratio of caretakers to residents will be 1:6 and caretakers will be consistently trained and supported by a chief caretaker. Residents will have a regular psychologist and members of our organization will have an ongoing and direct relationship with residents. We will also have a zero tolerance policy for any form of abuse or corporal punishment. Caretakers will be required to maintain weekly documentation on pre-designed forms regarding residents.
How do you provide training to the teachers?
A local partner specialized in pedagogy consistent with our vision will conduct training and classroom observations for all teachers.
How will your organization know if you are making progress?
The educational programming is focused on objectives and results, which will guide the benchmark of progress as well as improvements. Attendance, participation, literacy to grade level, grades, graduation rates, and teacher satisfaction are the most important measures of progress. We have formulated a wide range of data points collected via smart phones according to a specific schedule, and integrated with Salesforce, this enables the organization to review reports in real time and adjust resources.
What will my donations be used for?
100% of donations go to fund our programs. Please review our financials for a breakdown of the program budget plans.
When our founder first visited Haiti, he was devastated by the situation there. Although he traveled extensively, the profound poverty and its impact on children were worse than anything he had ever seen before. He felt compelled to act. After making several more visits and witnessing the destruction brought on by the 2010 earthquake, he established Haiti Now in 2010. Since then, Haiti Now has been focused on helping Haiti’s most marginalized population—Restavek girls.
Why Restavek girls?
Restavek is a derogatory Creole term meaning a “child who lives with someone else” that works without pay. It has been called a “modern form of slavery” by the United Nations. Restavek girls are in dire need of a quality education and a safe place, which is the focus of our programs. These programs are designed to help them achieve their full potential and go on to effect greater change in their communities. Learn more about Restavek.
Why Accelerated Education?
An Accelerated Education allows Restavek girls regardless of age or educational background to attain a 6th-grade diploma in just three years. Many of these girls have never attended school before and they are older than their grade level. An Accelerated Education jump starts their education giving them a chance to learn about themselves and their surroundings, build their self-confidence, and explore their interests and vocations. The goal is to enable them to become fully independent and successful adults. Learn more about Accelerated Education.
Why should I donate to Haiti Now?
We are on the ground helping Restavek girls break the cycle of poverty and discover their true potential through quality education. 100% of your donation will go to our programs, which are making a transformative difference in their lives. We are transparent, efficient, and impactful.
Why should I trust your charity?
We are 100% responsible for the success of Restavek girls. We collect extensive data to measure our results and track our progress. It’s important to us that the equation between resources deployed and recipients assisted always meets our donors’ expectations. We personally manage all financial resources to avoid waste and increase efficiencies. Our programs are life-changing, specialized, and designed to create long term solutions.
Why care about Haiti?
Haiti has been devastated by geopolitics and natural disasters and faces a level of extreme poverty that is ripping apart children and families. Haiti's Restavek girls are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. They need our assistance to break the cycle of poverty, become financially independent, and go on to create real change in their communities. Let’s not look away from their tragedy, but rather reach out to help rescue them from a dire situation and give them a path to a successful future.
When did Haiti Now shift focus from a book bank to its current programs?
Our Book Bank program was very successful but limited in how it could help Restavek girls. In October 2016, we decided to broaden our efforts to get to the core of the problems faced by Restavek girls, namely a lack of quality education and safe place to live. Our current objective is to open the first school in September 2018 and then fine-tune an efficient prototype to replicate in the future.
Where is Haiti Now located?
Haiti Now is based in Miami, Florida. Our programs are focused on Restavek girls in Haiti.
Who does Haiti Now serve?
Haiti Now serves orphans and marginalized children living in Haiti, specifically Restavek girls who are in need of quality education and safe housing. But we could not do it without the support of our kind volunteers and donors. We consider ourselves in service to them as well and pledge to make the most of their efforts and contributions.
Who is helping?
Donors, friends, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and partners, enable Haiti Now to help Restavek girls through our programs.