Healing Hearts 4 Haiti

Healing Hearts 4 Haiti

Port-au-Prince (Carrefour), HaitiBridgeport, United States
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Healing Hearts 4 Haiti bridges cultures. U.S. and Haitian students generate scholarships for education in Haiti through their business partnership.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti also has a privately funded education system. A part in breaking the cycle of poverty is to educate the youth. The children of Haiti can change the future of their country. A second part in breaking the cycle of poverty is to teach self-sustainability. In order to educate Haitian youth, parents need to be able to fund their child’s education.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Healing Hearts 4 Haiti provides a business model for the Haitian students to learn the concept of self-sustainability at a young age. The youth business model is adapted from that made and used by the students of St. Ann School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA to fund global education projects. The money earned through this partnership will provide scholarships for students of Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

St. Ann School students began their business in 2007 by making and selling bracelets to fund education in Sierra Leone. In 2009, when the earthquake devastated Haiti, the students turned their efforts to disaster relief—including funding the tuition of a Haitian earthquake victim to attend St. Ann School. Last year, the students expanded their business and opened a school store where they sell hand-crafted items and school supplies. The income generated by the store currently supports education in Kenya and Haiti. Start-up costs in 2007 were funded by a sponsor, but since, the student-run “business” has been self-sustaining. We have raised thousands of dollars to assist impoverished global communities. Our profits have been channelled through Free The Children to help communities in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Haiti and through The United Haitian American Society to aid Haiti. We are proposing that a model similar to ours be set up at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Here, the students will make crafts and export them to the United States to be sold by the students of St. Ann School in their school store. The money raised will directly benefit the students of Ecole le Bon Samaritain.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Fashion designer, Donna Karan, has a similar model in Haiti called Urban Zen. Utilizing the artisans, natural resources and the production potential of the country, she has created a business model to help communities learn how to sustain themselves. The products produced by the Haitian artisans are sold in the United States. Donna Karan’s model focuses on the power of adults in the Haitian community. Our model focuses on how children can also contribute to the future of their country. Donna Karan has stated that she hopes to inspire others to do what she is doing.
About You
St. Ann School (Diocese of Bridgeport)
About You
About Your Organization
Organization Name

St. Ann School (Diocese of Bridgeport)

Organization Country

, CT, Bridgeport

Country where this project is creating social impact

, OU, Port-au-Prince (Carrefour)

Your role in Education


The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Private (tuition-based)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Healing Hearts 4 Haiti generates scholarships for education in Haiti through a business partnership between U.S. and Haitian students.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Healing Hearts 4 Haiti lets U.S. children make a difference in the world and empowers Haitian children to change their country.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

The students of St. Ann School have created a self-sustaining, business model that has enabled them to fund education in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Haiti. This model has also allowed them to help with earthquake relief in Haiti and drought relief in East Africa. In total, between 2007 and 2012, the students at St. Ann School have raised over $15,000 to help global communities. These monies have been channelled through Free The Children and The United Haitian American Society.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

It costs $250 per year to fund one child’s education at Ecole le Bon Samaritain, in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. With the help of their counterparts at St. Ann School in the United States selling the Haitian childrens’ crafts, the goal is to raise:
$1000 in year 1 to fund the education of 4 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti;
$2000 in year 2 to fund the education of 8 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti; and
$4000 in year 3 to fund the education of 16 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti.

After 3 years, Healing Hearts 4 Haiti intends to expand to include distribution on a national and global level; including, but not limited to setting up a virtual store through a student-run website and distributing to local and national stores.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The cost of shipping items from Haiti to the United States will impact the profits generated. Some of these costs will be recouped via the sales price of the items. Therefore, partnerships with shipping companies and other existing import/export companies will be pursued.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

A full understanding of the logistics and cost of goods sold to determine the number of scholarships that can be created.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Identify the handcrafted items that have a potential market.

Task 2

Determine shipping processes and costs.

Task 3

Begin handcraft item production in Haiti.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

The first handcrafted items will arrive and be sold in the United States and the first scholarships will be generated.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Seek out shipping partners and formalize an arrangement.

Task 2

Sell items and refine market pricing.

Task 3

Provide feedback to handcrafters to alter designs and items to better meet market demand.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

The middle school students of St. Ann School created this business model for themselves after watching Oprah’s Building A Dream special about her leadership academy in South Africa in 2007. The idea to expand their own business model to Haiti came after watching Oprah’s special on Haiti where she interviewed Donna Karan. The idea was presented by the students’ Mock Trial coach, Reine Boyer (a Haitian-American). The students and the administration of St. Ann School thought it was a fantastic idea to expand and adapt their model to be used by the students of Ecole le Bon Samaritain.

Tell us about your partnerships

Saint Ann School of the Diocese of Bridgeport and Ecole le Bon Samaritain of Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti have entered into a partnership agreement to support the educational goals of both institutions. This effort ensures a commitment to teach the following skills to the children of the United States: leadership, business management, the arts, social justice and global/cultural awareness; and a commitment to teach the following skills to the children in Haiti: leadership, the arts, the use of natural resources, business management skills and how to be self-sustaining.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

The school communities (students, parents, faculty and staff) at Saint Ann School and Ecole le Bon Samaritain, local Haitian-American organizations including the Haitian Women Association of Connecticut, a shipping company and a marketing consultant would be needed to implement Healing Hearts 4 Haiti.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Start up investment funds are needed. Our community and partners in this project have no direct marketing experience, which will eventually be needed to expand the program. Our proven ability to generate strong partnerships and utilize the creativity and passion of our youth is an invaluable resource.