Message from the Executive Director
As a child growing up in Haiti, I witnessed the countless number of destructive riots the country had to contend with as a direct result of the misery of its citizens’ daily living conditions. I remember dreaming as a child of one day becoming a person that could help make life better for people. I can remember my first charitable acts, such as the time when I gave my entire lunch money of 50 cents to the homeless person that I saw begging on my way to school in Fonfrede, and the many times my elementary school friends asked me to bring them food so they could eat in the morning before school started. I witnessed the neighborhood children and adults dying from simple preventive or infectious diseases, and children suffering from injuries with no access to a doctor or a nurse. These experiences made me determined to one day be in a position to bring a positive change to Haiti.
In April 2009 CapraCare was founded to address the gross inadequacies of medical and preventive health services in rural Haiti. Its mission is based on the needs of the community we serve, my personal experiences from childhood, my academic training and professional work experience, and is in accordance with the principles of the United Nations’ Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Today, we have a dedicated core of more than 40 professional volunteers both in U.S and on-the-ground in Haiti with the potential to provide health services to over 2,000 school children and 20,000 plus community residents in rural Fònfrede of Haiti. It is our goal to provide families and children with access to comprehensive health services and the best available, evidence-based, preventive interventions delivered in their communities in a culturally competent and respectful way. We also hope to provide them with opportunities to be productive members of their communities through CapraCare and with our collaborative partners.
We are a nonprofit organization that is run through the generosity of our volunteers and supporters. Our continued success requires your continued support. Again, I hope, as you navigate through CapraCare’s website, you’ll be inspired to get involved, contribute to our mission and support our programs.