The foundation began investing in Haiti in the 1950s, first through fellowships and scholarships, and later with a full-scale grant program that lasted until 2006. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, it became apparent that a new window of opportunity had opened in Haiti for continuing our grantmaking and relationships.
Why This Work Matters
The opportunities we see to benefit Haiti’s children are rooted in a strengthened solidarity among resident Haitians and members of the Haitian diaspora, renewed international and funder interest, and longer-term strategic thinking.
Based on those assessments, WKKF decided to re-engage in Haiti, focusing on two micro-regions. Both the Central Area and the Southwest Corridor are rural or semi-urban areas with populations of about 200,000. Each has high levels of poverty and other serious challenges to the success of children. Yet both are also rich in natural, cultural and social assets. And both are priorities for government, the private sector and other funders.
Further, Haiti provides an opportunity to leverage key lessons from earlier WKKF international work. In particular, our strategy in Haiti is comprehensive, touching each of the interrelated areas – Educated kids, Healthy kids, Secure Families, Community & Civic Engagement and Racial Equity – that bear on a child’s success. It assumes a long-term commitment. And it’s built on recognition that success for Haiti’s children and their families will require the efforts of multiple partners working in every sector.
What We Support
We support Haitians in defining a vision for their communities and a roadmap to achievement. We invest in and help develop other funders’ interest in projects designed and executed by civil society organizations, schools, cooperatives and companies aligned with our grantmaking goals.
We support improved infant and maternal care through increased hospital delivery rates and increases in the number of trained health professionals. We also support improved nutrition among children from birth to age 5 in part through breastfeeding and access to quality food.
We work to increase school enrollment and reading, writing and math proficiency, especially in first through sixth grade, by increasing the number of certified teachers and administrators and ensuring school facilities are adequate. We also support increased racial equity awareness, in part through school education regarding slavery and Haitian colonial history.
We also work to increase the availability of adequate housing and the number of families engaged in income generating activities, including: agricultural production, access to financial services and the availability of loans to entrepreneurs.
- The foundation focuses its efforts in the following places in two micro-regions:
- Southwest Corridor
- Central Area
- Boucan Kare