- Who We Are
- Why CHI
Solidarity is the idea that we share common cause with Haitian people. We try to understand things from their perspective, share their problems, and facilitate these individuals in finding appropriate solutions. Solidarity is the recognition that all humans hope for health, prosperity, and a better life for our children. Working in solidarity is not working in charity. We do not work in Haiti out of pity or a sense of self-righteousness. We work in solidarity towards ending health inequity and promoting high quality of life throughout the country. We share common causes with Haitians because we recognize the injustice of any person living in conditions that do not enhance their health and comprehensive wellbeing.
It is unjust that when a child gets a case of stomach flu in these communities, they are at grave risk of dying. By working in solidarity, we try to share the burden of their troubles. We work to bring the resources of partner organizations, donors, and academic institutions to facilitate finding solutions and providing care that we would want for ourselves and our families.
We work with the communities in which we serve. We believe the people that live and work in these communities are best suited to determine the most pressing problems they face. Furthermore, we believe these individuals are uniquely positioned to envision the most appropriate solutions to those problems.
By partnering with these communities, together we can explore their needs and help to enact these solutions by serving as their voice to the larger world, providing organizational and technical assistance, and aiding with project management. We also recognize that a multidisciplinary approach is necessitated by complex operations like community development and the provision of healthcare. Very few individuals or groups possess this diversity of expertise. Therefore, we partner with sister organizations who specialize in water and sanitation, nutrition, school curriculum development, surgical specialty services, epidemiology, agriculture, engineering, and environmental health in order to provide these communities with the level of service and expertise they deserve.
The people who live in rural Haitian communities can affect the changes they would like to see in their villages. Many of these individuals could benefit from training in order to effectively coordinate projects, create and manage budgets, and perform other technical skills. We help people in our catchment areas acquire the necessary training and resources to complete certain tasks. Beyond that, we walk with them as they achieve the goals they set for their community.
Haiti is littered with the husks of failed projects started by foreign organizations. For any project to be sustained it must be conceived, developed, and executed by the community. When local people hold a sufficient stake in a project, they will work evermore diligently to ensure the project is maintained and preserved as it begins to bear fruit.
We will adhere at all times to the ethical principles of respecting the autonomy of the populations with whom we work, remaining accountable to our partners, donors, and especially the communities. We will always work to ensure we are guided, foremost, by the wishes of the individuals who we serve.
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