Hands Up for Haiti
At Hands Up for Haiti (HUFH), they deliver lifesaving health care to the sickest and most impoverished people of Northern Haiti. They do it by “Sante Kominotè” - Community Based Health Care delivered by hands on the ground, in collaboration with helping hands from neighbors to the north. With Positive Legacy’s continued funding, they are achieving truly life-saving results as they realize their vision: Haitian Run + Haitian Led = Lifesaving Programs that Build a Better Future. Their staff of 40 Haitian medical and lay professionals deliver life-saving programs to their own communities in the way that they know best. Fritznel Jean the Assistant ED from the in-country leadership team shared that “Together with your support, we made Hands Up for Haiti become our own on the ground and that brought many positive changes. During the unrest and now because of the travel bans, many organizations couldn’t follow up because they rely on people from USA or Canada. These people had to leave the country or couldn’t get there. But at Hands Up for Haiti, because we have done so much EDUCATION and TRAINING with your support, our ground staff could take over. Our Hands up for Haiti staff did not give up. We created strategies to get to the communities we are serving, especially the malnourished children.”
2017 funding for Hypertension Screening and Treatment was in demand due to a great need with communities asking for such a program in northern rural Haiti. In the words of the patients enrolled in the program in Dondon, Haiti, where the program saw almost a 100% compliance rate with our partners Hand Up For Haiti: They are so grateful and patient Wisly said they come every month because “This program saves our lives.” They feel better and enjoy the education.
Water wells funded in 2016 with our partners Hand Up For Haiti reaped rewards during Hurricane Irma. Bod me Limbe flooded as it frequently does. Cholera again became a major threat, but with the availability of clean water from their wells, the people of BML had much better chances to remain healthy.
In 2016, PL also provided funding to upgrade the generator and electrical system of a core medical clinic serving 25,000 people in the neighborhood of Shada, the most impoverished area of Cap Haitian, so that the clinic could function properly and serve the community. Upon completion the clinic administrator for over a decade, Miguel-Ange, asked that we be told: “Thank you for the electricity.” One morning before a visiting outreach team was to arrive at the clinic 40 people were waiting in the outside area for the team to begin. The patients and their children were all dressed in their Sunday best to see the doctor. The clinic serves hundreds of patients each month, hosts both prenatal and childhood malnutrition programs, offers vaccines; and in essence, is the only low-cost clinic to serve the 25,000 people living in abject poverty in Shada. They currently see about 150 patients each month, 3⁄4 of whom are children.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
In April 2020 Positive Legacy began to grasp the short and long term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact on our largest partner in making a difference: the music industry. We quickly reorganized to continue to do what we do best - help people in need. The Positive Legacy COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser was launched and as of July, 2020 we raised and distributed over $32,000 in $250 payments to live music industry crew who are out of work.
Here is what a couple recipients had to say:
"This helps me keep my house and make it another month until I can apply for unemployment. I'm truly honored to be in this industry and I'm forever grateful to you." ~Jen
"Allow me to personally thank you for approving my application. I am totally thankful for the efforts of everyone at Positive Legacy. Facing financial difficulty in these unprecedented times, this grant is of incredible help. Thank you!” ~Julien