Colorado Haiti Project (Louisville, CO)

Name

  • Name:Susan Everhart
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Colorado Haiti Project
  • Address:908 Main Street, Suite 245
    Louisville, CO 80027
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-938-5021

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Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • Our Mission Statement: The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty.

  • Overview:
  • The commune of Petit Trou is an area of 66 villages and approximately 30,000 people located southwest of Port-au-Prince in Haiti’s southern “claw.” Citizens draw income largely from subsistence farming and charcoal production. Literacy, as in much of rural Haiti, is low, and few jobs exist for young people when they complete their studies. Malnutrition represents a major health risk, and citizens often fail to address basic health concerns because of a lack of resources.

    For 25 years, the Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) has worked in partnership with the community of Petit Trou on projects that increase access to education, vocational training, clean water and community health. Below is a brief summary of CHP’s current programs:

    Preschool through Tenth Grade Education: CHP supports St. Paul’s School serving 700 students ranging from pre-K through 10th grade, using an annual operating budget of $210,000. The school is supported by CHP-raised contributions from individuals and organizations, as well as ‘sliding scale’ tuition and limited funding from the Haitian government. In 2013, St. Paul’s added a 10th grade to its curriculum and in 2014 hopes to add an 11th grade, as another step toward offering all 13 grades in Haiti’s education system. In 2014, St. Paul’s also plans to incorporate vocational training into its Middle School curriculum, to equip students with job and entrepreneurial skills to support the area's economic development.

    Vocational Training and Scholarships: Because of a lack of job opportunities, many young people in Petit Trou move to bigger cities after they complete their studies, draining the area of educated human resources. In response to this challenge, in 2011, CHP established a sewing school that now educates 22 adult seamstresses and tailors. The sewing school also generates income, by selling purses and other items generated by the students; this income, in turn, is used to support community development projects. The Project is currently expanding its support to other vocational needs identified by the community, including agriculture and entrepreneurship. This, in turn, will create local jobs and raising the community’s standard of living.

    CHP also provides scholarships to students to further their academic or professional training outside the commune, in fields such as teaching, plumbing, construction and healthcare. After they are trained, recipients must return to Petit Trou to work for at least three years, bringing their leadership and skills back to the community.

    Water Projects: As CHP’s support of St. Paul’s School progressed, the Project discovered many children couldn’t attend school because they spent up to four hours each day collecting water from a distant source. In addition, 80% of the visits to the local health clinic were attributed to water borne diseases. To address this need, and in partnership with the Anschutz Foundation, CHP dug a series of 12 wells for the community, developed a maintenance program and trained local mechanics to manage the wells, thus ensuring local ownership and sustainability.

    Improving Access to Quality Healthcare: Since the early 1990s, CHP has supported Petit Trou’s local healthcare system through medical trips from Colorado, by providing equipment, supplies and training to the community clinic, and by supporting school health services. In keeping with its capacity-building focus, in 2013 CHP entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Petit Trou’s citizens, the Haitian Department of Health (MSPP), and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti to improve the healthcare infrastructure in the region. With guidance from civic and government leaders, CHP and its partners are working to improve the existing health clinic—including providing basic supplies and equipment— will train and hire additional health workers, and will develop plans to build a new clinic that better meets the community’s healthcare needs. Specifically in 2014, CHP will work with its Haitian NGO partners to train 19 community members to serve as registered “agents de santé,” or government health agents, with a focus on preventive care and early intervention. In addition, the Project plans to further support the network of women village health workers, through additional training and salaries, to equip them to better address more basic health concerns and ease the workload of the stretched government system.

  • History:
  • The Colorado Haiti Project was founded in 1989 by a small group of Haitian and American community leaders, who envisioned a high-quality school in rural Haiti where students’ attendance costs were paid by individual and organizational sponsorships. Starting with a student body of less than 50 children, CHP and its partners opened St. Paul’s School in 1996, serving the children and families of Petit Trou de Nippes in Haiti’s southern peninsula.

    Over time, St. Paul’s has grown from a tiny student body with outdoor classrooms to a “bricks and mortar” pre-K to 10th grade school serving 700 students. St. Paul’s has grown to be recognized as one of the best schools in the region; in 2013, it received a Certificate of Excellence from the Ministry of Education, and 100% of students passed the national exam administered to sixth and ninth graders—a remarkable achievement for any school, regardless of its size and resources.

    With the understanding that health plays a critical role in a child’s development and education, CHP also began conducting medical trips to Petit Trou shortly after the Project’s founding, to address health concerns that were not being met by the existing healthcare system. The Project also supported the construction of wells, to provide children and families with improved access to clean drinking water.

    Over time, CHP transitioned from a focus on direct service to an emphasis on long-term capacity-building, with a concentration on education and health projects. For example, in 2011, the Project began a vocational training program to provide job skills and entrepreneurial training to members of the community, to assist in its long-term economic development. In 2009, CHP also organized a training on maternal health and infant lifesaving skills for 34 women health volunteers, many of whom have remained active advocates for health in their communities.

    In keeping with its capacity-building focus, in 2013, CHP entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Petit Trou’s citizens, the Haitian Department of Public Health and Population (MSPP), and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti to create a functioning healthcare system in the commune. CHP will provide financial and administrative support for initiatives outlined in the agreement, which strives to improve the existing healthcare infrastructure and ultimately, to build a new healthcare facility in the region.

    For 25 years the Colorado Haiti Project has worked to build an effective partnership with the community of Petit Trou. This geographically-focused commitment to one community allows us to look holistically at the needs of this region of 30,000 people, build long-term relationships, develop the capacity of local leaders, and hear the local voice in all of our work: healthcare, education, clean water, vocational training, and economic development.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:84-1330243

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:841330243
  • Organization Name:COLORADO HAITI PROJECT INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% JACK ZELLER
  • Organization Address:908 MAIN ST STE 245
  • Organization City:LOUISVILLE
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80027-1738
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q300
  • Asset Amount:$403,414
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$545,944
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$518,047
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 9:58:54 pm

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