H.E.A.R.D.

International Health Education Advocacy Relief Development

The Facts

• 76 percent of Haitians live on less than US $2 per day
• Food supply covers only 55% of the population
• One out of every three deaths in Haiti is a child
• Juvenile deaths are double in rural vs. urban areas
• Childbirth is second leading cause of death for Haitian women
• 19% of pregnant women never have pre-natal care
• Western region: one doctor per 67,000 inhabitants
• HIV/AIDS estimated at 10.5% of population by 2015
• 60 to 80% of the population exposed to Malaria
• Tuberculosis is sixth largest cause of death in Haiti
• 21% of children ages 6-9 do not go to school at all
• 15% of teachers meet academic requirements to teach
• Erosion threatens 25% of Haiti's territory
• Rural areas have no systems to disinfect water sources

In addition, Haiti is a severely indebted low income country. More resources go for debt service than are spent on the country for health. International aid has been promised, but has not been realized.

Communities of people coming together for the common good, in the Spirit of Christ's unselfish love for one another-neighbors, churches, schools, ministries, grass roots organizations-are the foundation of tangible hope for the future. You can help by coming to Haiti to build a church!!

Vision

• Working together
• Growing leaders
• Developing sustainable solutions
• Achieving the basic needs of their community

Strategies

Support specific local leaders we know and work with their communities to develop:
• Readiness
• Capacity
• Coalitions for community transformation

Relief

Relief is also acknowledged as a necessary component of our work. The issues confronting Haitians are complex and the road to the development of sustainable solutions is long. We are called by our compassion and Christ's example to devote a portion of our efforts to humanitarian aid for the least of society.

Locations—Where We Work

Health-Community Health Outreach
In the Southwest-Les Cayes

Education-Schools
In L'Artibonite and Borel

Advocacy
Everywhere!

Relief-Churches
In the West-Delmas
In the Plateau Centrale-Baptiste
Orphanage In the West-Port-au-Prince

Development
Communities in the Northwest-Jean-Rabel Communities in the Southeast-Lavalee (Jacmel)

Founders and Partners

Founded in March 2005, H.E.A.R.D. for Haitians, International, (Health, Education, Advocacy, Relief and Development) has its roots in a network of individuals who have a commitment and calling to social and economic justice for Haitians:

• Andre Pierre, Jean-Paul Polynice and Jacson Celestin were born and raised in Haiti. They desire to provide opportunities
to other Haitians for a life of health, education, dignity and self-sufficiency.
• Valerie Mossman-Celestin first traveled to Haiti in 1998. In 2001, she returned to live in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, serving at Walls' International Guest House and Morning Star Christian Academy.
• Eric Bridge is coordinator of service learning in Campus Ministry at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. He has led several
student teams in Haiti.

In Cooperation with:Project 2000 International, Inc., founded by Jacob François and located in south Florida, organized with the purpose to provide education and to introduce technical and durable equipment in Haiti.
HEARD has a fiduciary relationship with Project 2000 International, Inc., with a certificate of authority issued by the Michigan Department of Commerce to utilize the 501c3 status of Project 2000 for the purpose of fundraising and operation.

History

"...Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free." Isaiah 58: 6

Communities of escaped slaves developed in the mountainous regions of Haiti. Known as 'maroons,' they organized resistance forces for freedom against French plantation owners. Their assaults are considered the first manifestation of a revolt against French rule and the slaveholding system, which later evolved into the Haitian revolution. The slaves eventually defeated Napoleon's army and Haiti proclaimed its independence on January 1, 1804: the first free black republic in the world.

MaronThe unknown maroon represents all Haitians (women and men) who continue to fight for liberty. The conch shell has played a vital role in community organizing throughout Haiti's history.During the slave rebellion against the French colonialists in 1791, the call of the conch alerted the slaves to impending danger and the need to assemble.

Today, the symbol of the conch represents the Haitian people's hope, strength, resistance, and struggle for freedom. Haitians continue to struggle for a life of dignity and self-determination against the shackles of structural violence that disempowers and binds them in poverty. 200 years is enough. The triumph of the human spirit shall prevail…one community at a time.