Welcome to Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn
Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn supports children and poor people in Haiti by procuring scholarship sponsorings, organizing and financing projects in the educational sector and further relief efforts. The main goal of our private initiative is, to give children in Haiti the possibility of going to school to get an educational basis. With your and our help they have the chance to maybe get out of the great calamity they have been born into one day.
Because: "Seulement l'education peut changer notre société."
On the following pages you find news on the actual situation in Haiti, more detailed information about our projects in Port-Salut and the people behind the volunteer project. Furthermore you can download our annual reports (only in German language). We hope, that the informations provided answer all your questions. If not, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be happy if you were considering giving us and the children in Port-Salut support by donating to our initiative!
Update on the current events 09/10/16
As the whole dimension of this catastrophe begins to unfold slowly, together with our committee we brought an action plan into place yesterday. As of tomorrow, Monday, we're going to organize a truck with food and water (or water cleaning tablets), to supply as many people as possible with "urgency packages". Our friends Olga Bruckmueller and Marc Guerin will support us in organizing everything. The packages will be distributed by them together with the members of our committee and volunteers. Food and water become a very crucial issue at the moment, especially in the mountain regions. According to our informants no big NGO has yet arrived in Port Salut. Parallel to this action plan, we wrote a letter to all our donators yesterday. Everyone will get mail within within the next few days. For the next steps and further aid we're going to desperately need a lot of funds.
Update on the current events 07/10/16
Thanks to god, we were able to establish a short phone call with one of our local helpers last night.
First of all, we got the information that five out of the six members of our local committee are doing okay. From one member there’s still information missing. Three of them lost their houses due to the storm, with one house being in the same building as our school. In Port-Salut, more than 80% of the buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. That’s mostly every building with a (typical) metal roof. First the wind took off the roof, then wind and rain did the rest and made walls collapse. The whole coastal zone of the village is destroyed entirely. No building, even if build with concrete walls and roofs, survived the waves and wind there. Power is entirely out. They depend on generators as long as they still have some fuel left.
We got confirmation about at least four casualties, amongst them also two children. But our contact person, Marcel, didn’t make it very far into the village, so this is only what he heard. There’s absolutely no information about all the little villages up in the heavily eroded mountains, where farmers live mainly in small huts, made of clay and with straw roofs. So there are going to be a lot more victims, we're afraid.
The road to the next bigger City, Les Cayes, is passable now, but only via motorcycle or 4x4.
As communication possibilities should get more and more stable during Friday (the phone companies are working 24/7 on fixing all the antennas), we scheduled a conference call with our local committee for tomorrow to discuss next and most urgent actions.
We're back home
On Monday, October 3rd in the afternoon, we arrived safe back home in Germany. We escaped Hurricane Matthew just by a whisker. The storm hit the southwestern region and Port-Salut on Tuesday in the early morning hours. Since then we lost contact to our friends in Port-Salut, the few news that are coming through make us fear the worst. We hope and pray that all of them survived the storm without injuries or even casualties. As soon as we have any update, we'll give an update on Facebook!
We're on the road again
From September 16th till October 03rd we're on our annual trip to Port-Salut, Haiti. Follow us on Facebook to get daily updates on our work!
The Haitihilfe gets awarded by Time Warner
On June 9th, Christian Honeck was awarded Time Warner's "Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Award". The award is given every year to five employees of Time Warner selected worldwide, who contribute in an extraordinary way for humanitarian and social causes. The award ceremony took place in New York. Besides the great honor of getting this award, it's also endowed with 5000,- Dollars that go directly to our projects in Haiti.
More information and a short video of the event can be found here:
Annual Report 2015
Our annual report is finished and available online:
Watch our documentary
We’re happy to announce, that our documentary film of the trip in 2014 has been finished and is online now: