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Happy New Year! Dare Humanity would like to thank you for your support in the past year and welcome your continued partnership in 2022. We accomplished many goals in 2021 and hope to make an even bigger difference in the year ahead of us.

In the past year, we restructured the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program (YDSP) by working with a school administrator named Marie who helped us establish a partnership with her school in Montrouis, Haiti. Because of this we were able to sponsor an additional 17 students for a total of 25 in the YDSP. Our work last year has made it possible for 25 students from across Haiti, in the communities of Sonyen, Deluge, Montrouis, and Port au Prince to be able to attend school. We welcomed our students into the new year by throwing them a party in Sonyen.

The Men Kontre (Helping Hands) Program was also expanded to provide aid to areas affected by the recent earthquake. The Men Kontre program was able to provide easily accessible and healthy food to 330 people in 2021, continuing the fight against food insecurity in Haiti.



Men Kontre Program Liaison, Glooklwegl, with families from the program

The business side of Dare Humanity also grew in 2021. New partnerships were established with the organizations Eclectivate, Crowned in Christ, Fingerpaint, and Water for Life.

  • Eclectivate is a nonprofit consultancy firm supporting nonprofit organizations in their development efforts.

  • Crowned in Christ is a faith based apparel company aiding our vision with a percentage of their sales.

  • Fingerpaint is a health and wellness agency that sponsors our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program and Men Kontre Program.

  • Water for Life Filter is a non-profit organization that provides water filters for those in need.

Last year, we purchased 16 water filters through Water for Life and were generously gifted 12 more. These will support our Clean Water Initiative in Sonyen where we are working to provide pure drinking water.

Lastly, we expanded our team by hiring Treasure Udechukwu and Kerry Munyon! Treasure is passionate about personal growth through education and is following that interest through the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program. As the Social Media and Marketing intern (and new Lead Intern), Kerry will pursue her passion of making a difference in people’s lives using art and graphic design.

At the end of 2021, we made a plan for all of the goals we want to achieve this year. In 2022, we would like to expand the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program, making room for an additional five students, for a total of 30 students. We would like to learn more about our sponsored students and their families in order to serve them better and enhance the program.

We will make our way back to Haiti, bringing water filters to families in Sonyen. Our long term goal is to install a water pump in Sonyen.

Lastly, we are planning to acquire more partnerships to assist us with our operations and programming.

We are tremendously proud of what we accomplished in 2021 and extremely grateful to our supporters who made our work possible. We are looking forward to all of the exciting efforts we have planned for this year and can’t wait to see what 2022 has to offer Dare Humanity


Fanel, a new sponsored student in the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program

About the Author


Simone Faulkner is our Communications Intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realized that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. This is what she plans to do as an intern for Dare Humanity by writing blog posts and exploring partnerships with companies. When she's not volunteering she loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.



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Updated: Sep 18, 2021

August was Dare Humanity’s first ever Appreciation Month and we're bringing it over into September!


The goal of this new tradition is to thank all of you who have supported us these past six years. This includes board and advisory board members, interns, partners, donors, and volunteers. We at Dare Humanity would like to deeply thank you for the continued support you’ve given us and your belief in our mission. We truly wouldn’t be here without the encouragement of our partners.

Let’s recap a couple of highlights of what we’ve achieved with your help:

The Men Kontre or Helping Hands program has been prospering recently. This program brings food supplies to families in Port au Prince. Food insecurity has worsened in the recent past due to societal turmoil, but with the help of Men Kontre, there is food on the table for many families. Men Kontre served and fed 223 people over the course of this year, a number that will hopefully keep growing.




Another huge accomplishment is the advancement and success of the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program. It’s incredibly hard for young people to get an education in Haiti because most people have little to no income. Many schools, however, charge high tuition fees. The Young Dreams Sponsorship Program tries to solve this problem by sponsoring the education of many Haitian children. Dare Humanity provides them with school supplies and yearly tuition to support their education.




Lastly, one effort that will hopefully be achieved soon is the Clean Water Initiative. We are in the process of raising funds to bring clean water to the community of Sonyen. We are committed to building two clean water pumps in Sonyen by 2022, a goal we wouldn’t be able to accomplish without your help.


Thank you for all that you have done for Dare Humanity this year and in the past. Your behind-the-scenes efforts working, donating, and volunteering is what pushes this organization closer to accomplishing its goals, and that cannot go without appreciation. Dare Humanity is incredibly grateful for all of the engagement from our partners and hope that you appreciate seeing the applications of your hard work. With your help we will continue striving for prosperity and expansion of our programs.


Stay connected to follow us on our mission and be sure to donate! Part of your contribution will go towards earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.


 

About the Author


Simone Faulkner is our Blog and Partnerships Intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realized that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. This is what she plans to do as an intern for Dare Humanity by writing blog posts and exploring partnerships with companies. When she's not volunteering she loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.



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Updated: Sep 18, 2021

In the first week of summer, Haiti had already undergone a vaccine crisis, a fatal shootout, a destructive hurricane, and the assassination of the country’s president on July 7th. Haiti was already in the midst of other ongoing problems such as gang violence, kidnapping, and rising Covid infections, but the weeks that followed shifted the country’s course. We at Dare Humanity are continuing to serve our beneficiaries through the fallout of these events and we are not letting them cloud our mission: to advocate for an enhanced life for women, children and families who live in underserved communities. ​


When the Covid-19 pandemic became a worldwide issue, some countries were hit harder by the virus than others, though surprisingly, Haiti wasn’t as affected as most people thought it would be. Another side effect of the government’s instability and the violent gangs was a shooting in the capital city of Port au Prince that left at least 15 people dead. The Police Chief, Leon Charles, alleges that the shooting was provoked by the killing of a member of a group of disgruntled police officers called Fantom 509 and that the perpetrators of the attack were vengeful members of the group. This is another instance of violence that Haiti has experienced recently that could just act to lengthen the already long list of similar events, but instead is prompting some to speak out. For instance, Marie Rosy August Ducena of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights says that Haiti is “in a situation where human rights are being denied and life is being trivialized… We cannot continue to count bodies every day.”

Given Port au Prince’s ongoing instability, unfortunately between 15-50% of residents of the capital city are facing food insecurity. With the Helping Hands program, we are providing food for families in Port au Prince twice a month so that they can stay healthy and fed even when the violence in the streets keeps them from leaving their homes.




Although the vaccine release and tragic shooting were somewhat controllable, the tropical storm that hit Haiti over the weekend of July 3rd was entirely unavoidable. Hurricane Elsa brought 70 mile per hour winds and showers of rain to the southern coast of Haiti, taking trees and roofs with it. Fortunately, communities like Sonyen, Deluge, and Port au Prince where our sponsored students go to school, were not in Hurricane Elsa’s path and able to avoid any serious damage.


Now, to end with surely the most shocking event of Haiti’s history, is the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. In an overnight attack on Wednesday, July 7th, a group of gunmen broke into the president’s home, ransacked his offices and bedroom before shooting him 12 times and speeding away. The Haitian ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, claimed that the attackers were “foreign mercenaries” masquerading as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. That Wednesday evening, less than a day after the attack, a shootout took place in Port au Prince between police forces and the suspected “foreign mercenaries,” which ended with four of the assailants dead and two in custody.

Moïse was killed days after announcing the appointment of a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, though hours after the attack, the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, announced that he is in charge of the country. With his newfound and self appointed position, Joseph has decided to place the country under a “state of siege,” meaning that Haiti is essentially under martial law for 15 days which gives police special accommodations to find the assassins, but may just cause even more fear for the citizens. New developments on the “new government” in Haiti can be found here.


Protests overwhelmed streets in Haiti upon the announcement of President Moïse's assassination with people looking for answers and some wanting to retaliate.

People expressed their lack of support for President Moïse and his activities, but as an organization, we do not stand for violence and we are truly heartbroken that such an event occured.



Image source: The Wall Street Journal - A protest against the president’s assassination in Cap-Haïtien; Photographer: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters


Haiti’s political environment is turbulent to say the least, and this month has caused irreversible changes that will affect the future of the country, but it’s only the changes that are irrevocable, not their impact. Despite the crises affecting the country right now, we know the people of Haiti are resilient and hopeful for a better future. We are continuing our efforts to strengthen partnerships with our communities, provide food for families in need, and fund the education of our sponsored students. Stay connected to hear more about our work and ways you can help the people of Haiti stay safe, educated, and empowered.


 

About the Author


Simone Faulkner is our Blog and Partnerships Intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realized that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. This is what she plans to do as an intern for Dare Humanity by writing blog posts and exploring partnerships with companies. When she's not volunteering she loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.



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