What exactly is "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn"?
"Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" (HHK) is a private initiative that was founded by Heinz Kühn, a teacher from Germany, in 1978 after travelling to Haiti. Since schools are not free of charge in Haiti this initiative collects donations to enable children in Haiti to attend primary school.
Which projects does "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" (HHK) work on?
The core task of HHK is to enable more than 700 children in the Port Salut area to attend school by sponsorships. That means donators from Germany sponsor one or more children in Haiti in order to enable them to attend school from 1st to 6th grade.
Apart from this HHK finances a school of its own which is atteded by up to 250 students and free of charge. Furthermore HHK supports construction projects in different schools and offers individual help e.g. for very poor families, sick and old peaople in Port Salut. For more information please click here: Our Projects
Is "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" (HHK) a registered society?
No. HHK is a private initiative.
Does "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" (HHK) raise charitable receipts for donations?
Since HHK is not a registered society it can not directly raise a donation receipt. However, the public charity "Hilfe für Osteuropa Todtnau-Seelscheid e.V." supports us by raising charitable donation receipts if required. You simply need to sumbit your full name and address on the bank transfer form.
Does "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" (HHK) belong to the charity "Hilfe für Osteuropa Todtnau-Seelscheid e.V."?
No. HHK and "Hilfe für Osteuropa Todtnau-Seelscheid e.V." are separate initiatives. The "Hilfe für Osteuropa Todtnau-Seelscheid e.V." only raises charitable donation receipts for us which we are not allowed to and it supports us with administrative work - on a voluntary basis, of course.
If I donate money, will it go to "Hilfe für Osteuropa Todtnau-Seelscheid e.V." or any other organisations?
Of course not! All donations for HHK will be exclusively used for our projects. No money will be given to any other organisation. If we plan to support another organisation or initiative in case of an emergency we will open a separate account and inform our supporters about it.
How does my donation arrive in Haiti?
Every year in autumn when the school year begins we travel to Haiti in person in order to review our ongoing projects and to distribute the donations. We visit all schools and talk to each student in person. This is the only way to make sure that your donation arrives where it is supposed to. After our return we write a report that will be sent to all donators along with a thank-you letter from the sponsored children. During the rest of the year while we are not in Haiti our local committee makes sure that all sponsored students attend school regularly. The committee also take care of the needs of the old or sick people that we support. For more information about our local helpers please click here: Local Volunteers
Does any staff get paid wages from the donations?
Yes, but only the teachers of our school "Ecole Notre Dame" in Port Salut. Since our school is free of charge for every student we need to finance the whole school. That includes not only teaching materials, the rooms, school uniforms and school meals but also the wages of six teachers. All helpers from Germany are volunteers.
I know sponsorships programs from other charities. Do I have to transfer a certain monthly amount to "Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn" if I want to become a sponsor? Am I obliged to donate regularly committed by the sponsorship?
Of course not! It is our philosophy that all of our donors decide themselves how long and what amount they want to donate. You are bound by nothing. No matter if you want to donate 1 Euro, 100 Euros or even more, no matter if you donate once, annually or monthly - you will be assigned to a student and become a sponsor. The grand total of all donations is distributed fairly in Haiti, each child gets the same amount of money (currently about 40 US dollars). In addition we use the donations for our other projects (see Our Projects). Every donator on our list receives the annual report and a thank-you letter of the sponsored child. If you are no longer able or willing to donate (for whatever reason) you will receive one more report in the following year, after that you will no longer hear from us.
I would like to donate. What should I put attention on?
Please make sure that you specify your full address on the transfer form when donating. This is the only way we can send you a receipt, the annual travel report and a thank-you letter of the students. Please have a look at the additional information on our donation page..