Thank You From Jean Pierre-Louis

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Statement on the Inhuman Treatment of Haitian Migrants at the Del Rio, Texas Southern Border 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Dear Friends of capracare,

What happened at the Del Rio, Texas Border is something I take personally. I am a Haitian immigrant who came to the United States with my single mother who sought a better way of life for me and my siblings. I came to the United States during the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1990s. At that time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) infamously described the ''Four H'' group of risk factors for AIDS — “homosexuals, heroin users, hemophiliacs, and Haitians.” An injustice that created so much stigma for Haitians and inspired my fellow classmates to bully me during school. Therefore, you can imagine how infuriating it is to see Haitian women, men, children, and babies being treated as less than human beings on American soil. 

When we lead with compassion for others, it shows the compassion within us. We witnessed the disturbing pictures of the living conditions and videos of Border Patrol agents on horseback, using horse lariats aggressively against Haitian migrants. All of this aggression was directed at individuals and families seeking entry into the Del Rio Border in Texas. It’s unbearable to witness this horrific treatment and disregard for humanity. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration and the Department of Homeland Security didn’t take swift action to hold those agents accountable for the cruelty inflicted.

Haiti has long struggled and the country deserves to be heard, seen, and protected! Let’s advocate for a better Haiti and stabilize the country so people don’t feel the need to flee to other countries for support and protections. We know that it takes a village to grow and Haiti needs a village to rebuild stronger. We implore the Biden Administration to:

  • Stop the deportation of Haitian refugees and expulsion flights to Haiti
  • Give the Haitian migrants their fair due process to seek asylum
  • Provide humanitarian parole and protect their lives now
  • Release those who are still in their custody to their loved ones, families, and sponsors in the U.S 

The impact is so massive and we are working to support communities during this difficult time and we need your continued support. We also want to debunk some of the doubts that might be concerned as you evaluate disaster relief responses overall in Haiti. I am here to share with you five reasons capracare has been selected by so many as a trusted organization to donate to.

The Haitian people and their courageous history in pursuit of life and liberty represent the very essence of what we as human beings all over the world want and deserve - life, health, peace, and happiness. 

Let's continue to stand in solidarity with our beloved Haitian brothers and sisters and demand justice, fairness, and dignified treatment for them.

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

An Updated Statement on the Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Grace Relief Response Our Commitment to Relief

Monday, September 13, 2021
capracare ’s Dr. Smith helping a survivor of the earthquake.

Dear Friends of capracare,

I want to share our deepest appreciation to our amazing supporters, donors, and lovers of capracare for your commitment to our mission and organization! We are grateful to have you on this journey with us and so many of you have been following capracare's work since our beginning in 2009.

You have been referring your friends, family, and colleagues to donate to our mission and I’m thankful for your trust. I’m thankful for our new allies who found capracare in the wake of this year’s earthquake, while searching for Haitian-led organizations to trust and invest their time, money, and energy with. All of your support has made it possible for the capracare staff to respond quickly on-the-ground and save lives impacted by the earthquake and Hurricane Grace in southern Haiti.

Both the earthquake and hurricane have brought untold suffering and loss to an already weakened, and devastated Haiti, reeling from issues including COVID-19 and the recent assassination of the head of state.

capracare staff helping an earthquake survivor.

Our talented Haiti staff is what makes capracare great! Since the inception of the organization, we have been cultivating and growing a team of intelligent, hard-working, and caring local Haitian professionals who are passionate about transforming their communities.  They are working tirelessly day and night to support Haitians struggling to recover from the aftermath and in a critical time when tropical storms are frequent in the region.

According to a report by Centre D'opérations D’urgence Nationale, as of September 4, here are some of the updates on the devastation caused by the earthquake and Hurricane Grace by the numbers:

  • 2,248 people have perished
  • 12,763 people injured and wounded
  • 137, 585 homes damaged or destroyed leaving families homeless                                                              and in desperate need of aid and assistance
  • Another 690,000 vulnerable people who are in dire need for basic goods and
    on-the-ground life services to alleviate some of their suffering including food security

The impact is so massive and we are working to support communities during this difficult time and we need your continued support. We also want to debunk some of the doubts that might be concerned as you evaluate disaster relief responses overall in Haiti. I am here to share with you five reasons capracare has been selected by so many as a trusted organization to donate to.

1. Does the money make it to Haiti?
Yes - 100% of donations for the earthquake and hurricane relief efforts are going directly towards the work and efforts in Haiti. capracare is a Haitian-led organization with very minimal overhead cost in operations in Haiti since 2009. Our target and focus areas are Les Cayes and its greater surrounding communities. Therefore donations, grants, and services have maximum reach as well as impact. We also collect data for our work to ensure we are able to evaluate the impact of our relief efforts for both the Earthquake and Hurricane Grace.

2. Are there logistical concerns getting aid to Haiti?
Since 2009, our supplies have always made it to Haiti. capracare works directly with a generous partner in UJA-Federation of New York and Afya Foundation to ensure the support of a commercial airline company and on the ground partners to get supplies to vulnerable people in need in Haiti. We also work with reliable shipping companies who are experienced in customs details and clearances.

3. Do we have the experience to make a difference?
We do – we are responding to the Les Cayes Haiti earthquake and making a difference. capracare has a history of working with the communities in need of disaster relief including the Haiti earthquake of 2010, cholera outbreak, Hurricane Sandy of 2012, mosquito borne-outbreak of 2015, Hurricane Matthew of 2016, government and country shut-down of 2018-2019, COVID-19 in 2020, and countless crisis and disasters.

4. Can we make a local impact?
Rather than allocating the funds to international aid workers, capracare trains locals to become Community Health Workers and then provides employment opportunities to positively impact the community. To further support our current earthquake and hurricane relief efforts, we hired nurses and doctors in Haiti to help. Furthermore, since the Les Cayes, Haiti earthquake, capracare has been buying all of its medical supplies, medications, water, and food items locally. Imagine the huge impact this has been having on the local economy and how much money was saved from not sourcing in the states and then having to pay for shipping to Haiti.

5. Tell us more about the leadership team
As President & CEO of capracare, I have an advanced education in public health with over 20 years of experience in the field. The organization has a diverse U.S. board of directors and a community advisory board of members based in Haiti. Therefore, no major decisions are made without the communities it will be directly impacting. The capracare staff are trained in the organization's core areas of work in disaster response.

Hopefully, this information is helpful as you learn more about us and the work we are doing. We are always here to answer questions when we can and welcome your support.

Again, I want to say thank you for your trust in us, this incredible organization and for your continued partnership! As always, please follow us on all major social media platforms, our website at | email us at | feel free to call us at 478-227-7209.

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

A Statement on the Earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Haitians helping each other during the earthquake
Haitians helping each other during the earthquake.

Dear Friends of capracare,

On Saturday morning, August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Haiti leaving the city of Les Cayes looking like a war zone! Our hearts are once again broken for our Haitian people, colleagues, friends, and family as they can not seem to catch a break. 

The past few days have been a race against time for our on-the-ground staff who came to provide emergency relief work within four hours of the Les Cayes Earthquake. The situation in Les Cayes is like a warzone with devastation everywhere! Picture a situation twice as devastating as the 2010 earthquake compounded with covid-19 and people sleeping outside their homes, makeshift tents, trucks, ontop tombstones, and now battling a tropical storm with torrential rains. You can not tell who is more traumatized, the children or adults.

Founded in 2009, capracare is well versed in this kind of emergency response based on our prior experience with the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the cholera outbreak, Hurricane Sandy, mosquito borne outbreak, shutdown of the Haitian government, covid-19 pandemic, and the assassination of the head of state.

capracare ’s Dr. Smith helping a survivor of the earthquake
capracare ’s Dr. Smith helping a survivor of the earthquake.

We are asking anyone willing to assist capracare with relief, to make monetary donations using our website, or purchase relief supplies on our Amazon Wish List,

We have already identified over 2,000 people between our partners in desperate need of food and hygiene supplies. We now have Community Health Workers and other volunteers ready, willing, and able to outreach hard to access communities using their motorcycles. With your financial support, we will have the bandwidth to deploy them out to those hard to reach communities.   

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

A Statement on the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Dear Friends of Haiti and capracare,

Thank you for reaching out to capracare about the recent turmoil and plight of our beloved Haiti. On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Haiti’s core took another devastating blow heard around the world, as the country’s President Jovenel Moise suffered a fatal attack at his private home, leaving his wife and First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moise, severely injured and battling for her life. We pray for the family, send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the relatives as well as to the people of Haiti.

As a Haitian-led organization, and fully Haitian staffed, you can imagine how our hearts were broken for our Haitian people, colleagues, friends, and family when we received the unimaginable news of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and injured wife, First Lady Martine Moise. Unfortunately, capracare and the communities we serve, do not have the time to participate in the luxury of waiting to see how things will develop; because the grisly pictures and heartbreaking videos are coming fast and furious with no warning or filter!

Over the next coming days, capracare will be joining our Haitian brothers and sisters for the National 15 days of mourning, beginning July 8 - 22, 2021, while simultaneously ramping up our mental health services to provide more support to the children, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone in need; as the President’s assassination is having a devastating effect on their mental health, stress level, and anxiety. Haiti’s daily living conditions and trauma are ongoing battles. Hence, disasters like this further exacerbate their state of well-being. So, we ask for your full compassion and understanding of this important journey to help provide stability and support to our Haitian neighbors in their beloved country of Haiti. 

We can do this by addressing this moment as an urgent one, to take immediate action to guard our communities’ fragile hearts and minds to ensure Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggering contents aren’t allowed in! But, most importantly, we can not be discouraged to turn our backs on Haiti. I hope in the coming days, you will find strength even in these dark times to pledge that you shall always keep the course with us. This is our chance to keep hope as a moral obligation to support Haiti’s fight for democracy, to return it back to being the Pearl of the Antilles! 

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

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