What we stand for
What characterizes the work of H.O.P.E. and
the commune of Borgne are the close ties and working relationships built over
20 years of collaboration. All H.O.P.E. sponsored programs in Borgne are run
and managed by Haitians.Founded in 1996 by Haitian- American anthropologist, Dr. Rose-Marie Chierici, H.O.P.E. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We believe that the sustainability of any healthy human population relies on an interwoven system that connects people to 1) healthcare, 2) educational opportunities, and 3) the ability to achieve economic independence. These key elements of health and wellness cannot operate in a vacuum if they are truly going to be effective in creating lasting change. We also believe that the best solutions for countries with special challenges like Haiti, do not get handed down from a U.S. based office — they are rooted directly in the community, and are driven by people on the ground.
To nurture this process, we have spent over two decades working directly with residents in the rural community of Borgne, to develop interventions that connect them to the resources they need to meet their own goals in health, education, and economic development (not ours.) We help to bridge the gap in health and wellness through a holistic, systems-approach that addresses the bigger picture for long-term sustainability.
Throughout the years, H.O.P.E. has worked collaboratively with the residents of Borgne to determine their needs. This relationship has always included important dialogue about education and economic development opportunities, as a means for bringing Borgne’s health and wellness full-circle. Because of this, important partnerships were formed to connect residents to these resources. This could not have been done without the help of partner groups such as PEPFAR, Doctors Without Boarders (MSF), The GO Campaign, the American Red Cross and WomenStrong International.