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!
Here we go again!
On March 4th a small team of the Haitihilfe is going to travel over to Haiti to coordinate the rebuidling of our school and other relief efforts. As usual, we'll keep you updated via Facebook.
Year End Recap 2016
Dear friends of the Haitihilfe,
2016 was a very eventful year - also for us. We had a lot of nice moments, surprises, very successful work in Haiti, but we also had to cope with what is possibly the largest throwback in the history of Haitihilfe. But not least thanks to your support, 2017 will be the year of reconstruction. We're looking forward to all challenges and are full of hope. Thanks for being with us!
We wish you a Merry Christmas & a good start into a successful new year!
Update on the current events 30/10/16
Although it has been quiet during the last few weeks, we're working hard in the background, to help our pupils, teachers and poor people. Meanwhile big NGOs are active in the region and providing as many people as possible with food, water, medicine and canvas covers. We have given to all our teachers some financial help to give them a little relief in their difficult situation. Ecole Notre Dame will be repaired provisorily, while we're on the lookout for a new lot to build the school new and from scratch. Furthermore we gave some financial help to the bakery of our committee member Tito, so that he is able to bake bread again for our pupils and poor people. We want to say thank you here for the great sympathies, the words of inspiration and the many donations we received during the last few weeks! All of you are giving us lots of hope and motivation to continue our work! On the pictures our friends from "Dentists & Friends e.V." made, you can see the devastating force the storm had. Both pictures show the same street, taken at almost the same angle, before and after the storm.
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.
Watch our documentary
We’re happy to announce, that our documentary film of the trip in 2014 has been finished and is online now: