Hope for Haitians Mobilizes Volunteers in Illinois to Support Families in Poverty in Haiti
April 27, 2023
ROCKFORD—As the world observes National Volunteer Month and Global Volunteer Month, both in April, Hope for Haitians celebrates the active participation of its volunteers from the Illinois Stateline and from Haiti in its mission to improve the lives of Haitian families living in poverty.
The not-for-profit organization was founded in Rockford in 2001. Through its network of volunteers and supporters, it has worked to promote sustainable development, provide basic needs and services, and empower communities to build a brighter future. It has raised funds and awareness to support projects in Haiti such as the construction of homes, schools, and medical facilities, as well as the provision of clean water and sanitation services.
One of its initiatives has been to establish a volunteer program in Haiti. That program currently has 52 volunteers working on the ground to improve the living conditions of families in 17 Hope for Haitians villages. Those volunteers support community development projects including education and health programs, agriculture and sustainable income initiatives.
"We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our volunteers in Illinois and in Haiti," says Chris Weickert, executive director of Hope for Haitians. "Their tireless efforts help us make a real difference in the lives of families in Haiti who are struggling with poverty and adversity."
Hope for Haitians will be hosting a leadership conference for its Haitian volunteers in late April in Fort Liberte, Haiti. The daylong conference will provide additional training, allow village leadership committees to learn from each other and reinforce the partnership between American and Haitian volunteers.
To learn more about Hope for Haitians, visit hopeforhaitians.org.
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