Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Like many around the world, I was moved to donate to established charities to help those directly impacted by the recent earthquakes. Also like many, signing cheques to the Red Cross and other established charities felt empty. I visited my parents’ birth country of Haiti for the first time in March 2008. This made the whole thing more personal. While I was able to confirm that all those I met during my visit survived, I felt the urge to do more.
I decided to set up a fund out of concern that media attention would fade once the search and rescue phase of the response was complete. We worried that people whose lives were saved, especially in remote areas, would still have little to live for when their rescuers moved on.
We’ve seen this pattern before. In September 2004, a hurricane hit the northern Haitian city of Gonaïves and resulted in over 3,000 deaths and over 200,000 people displaced. At the time of the earthquakes earlier this year, many of these people were still in tents!
The Build Haiti Fund:
* Follows the lead of the communities we seek to help and respecting Haiti’s sovereignty and work within its laws and customs.
* Promotes community self-sufficiency in matters of finance, energy and environment.
* Is transparent, accountable and collaborative.
* Chooses projects whose social and financial impacts can be measured.