The Community Center.
Most of our sponsored students live in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Port au Prince, Carrefour, Bizoton. In 2015, we opened the Clean Hands for Haiti Community Center in the neighborhood. With the intention of revitalizing the district, our goal is to have the Community Center serve as a safe place for local children and our students to learn, study, and play.
Since opening, we have launched a technology lab, arts program, leadership seminars and workshops, and created a mobile health unit all within the walls of the Community Center. Additionally, a licensed Haitian teacher assists the students each week in their schoolwork and studies, with the goal of helping them improve their academic performance.
Beyond the Center's walls.
We have partnered with the local neighborhood over the past several years to lend our services to the Carrefour, Bizoton, community surrounding the Community Center.
Painting the Community Center.
With the partnership of two local Haitian artists and over 50 members of the community, we painted the huge walls leading up to the community center with bright, vibrant colors. After we completed the project, both community members and other people throughout Port au Prince stopped to take photos in front of it, bringing pride to the entire community.
In 2018, we had neighborhood-wide block party near the Community Center. Mothers of our students cooked food for everyone, a local DJ spun music, there were dance and music performances, and basketball and soccer games. Over 200 people from the neighborhood showed up to spend the day dancing, eating, and celebrating their community.
Rebuilding a home.
In 2017, we completed construction of rebuilding the house for Fenelson Victor, one of our Student's of the Year. Fenelson's home was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake and he and his family had been living with neighbors for six years.
Supporting local sports.
The local soccer club in neighborhood was in dire need of new sports equipment, shoes, and soccer balls. We donated balls, nets, goals, cleats, and jerseys to the team so the kids would be able to improve their game.
Expanding across Haiti.
We have also partnered with various organizations in Port au Prince and other Haitian towns to provide health services and other resources that those communities need most.
We believe in giving back to the larger Haiti community, especially in the wake of several devastating natural disasters since 2010. We have organized a food drive for over 150 families, picked up trash and helped clean up neighborhoods, held health clinics and sports workshops, and donated many barrels of clothing and hygiene supplies to children and their families around Haiti.