The vision of Haiti Outreach is "For Haiti to Become a Developed Country", with adequate clean water, sanitation, food, medical care, roads, electricity, job and educational opportunities for all.
Our mission, how we go about this work, is "To collaborate with the people of Haiti to build and maintain community-initiated projects that advance their development."
We maintain a headquarters building in Pignon, Haiti that includes offices and areas for mechanical repairs and storage. We have three well drilling rigs, two water trucks, a variety of pick up trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that are used by our staff in our community development work. Nearly all of our employees in Haiti are citizens of that country. In the U.S., the office is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. We have a staff of 4 in Minnetonka and 41 in Haiti.
Haiti Outreach has developed and operates from a four-point community development model in order to have the projects in which we engage be long-term and sustainable. Our goal is to assist the people to help materialize what they need, provide coaching and training so that a competent management team is in place, make sure that they have an open and public handling of the money required to maintain the project, and then turn it over to them.
Since we were created in 1997, we have created wells and clean water systems for over 160,000 people in Haiti. We have also built 3 public schools and one major school addition. And we introduced a micro-lending bank to Pignon, the town where we are based, that became self-supporting in 8 months and has loaned out over $500,000 to poor women with an extremely high payback record.