We are Farmers!

Due to the unstable political climate in Haiti over the past 2 years, we have had to put our microloan program on hold as it is very dangerous for our microloan recipients to carry cash when they repay their loans and even more dangerous for an organizer to carry large amounts of cash for a loan distribution. The Haitian people are still in desperate need of help so we have found another avenue to help them help themselves. Due to the generosity of Ellen Schroder and Gymps Sunel, land has been purchased and Haitians employed to build walls around the property as well as drill a well for irrigation. Seeds for vegetables are sitting in cold storage waiting for the next planting season this fall. Once the wall has been constructed, the land will be divided into plots and Haitians invited to apply for a site. We are working with a Haitian agronomist who will provide farming lessons to our participants. 80% of the farmers will be women, in keeping with our mission to empower and uplift the women of Haiti. We have created a separate fundraising page so that all proceeds raised for this effort will go directly to the farming initiative. Click on link below to see more pictures as well as donate.

https://gofund.me/0e114793

Garden Project Update

This lush Haitian land will soon be turned into small farming plots so that Haitians are able to better feed their families and benefit from the sale of any extra produce. Due to the generous largesse of donors Ellen Schreder and Gymps Sunel, who purchased the land, and a grant from Rotary International (including local clubs), funds will be used to establish a well on the site that utilizes solar power to pump water and irrigate the fields. Bomgaars Seeds in Sioux City, Iowa has donated an ongoing supply of seeds as well as gardening tools. We are working with local Haitian agronomists to determine the best crops for the soil so that the Haitian farmers can be successful. In keeping with our mission to support women, Helping Haiti Work will require that 80% of these Haitian farmers be women.

A donation to Helping Haiti Work this holiday season will allow us to continue to support the microfinance program and sewing center as well as provide additional funds for shipping all of the above equipment to Haiti.

Benefit for Helping Haiti Work

Flower fabric

LIZ HICKERSON’S QUILT SALE  2019
  Fri.    OCT. 25     1:00-3:00                Sat.   OCT. 26   10:00-12:00

LAP/NAP SIZE CONTEMPORARY QUILTS

QUILTED WALL HANGINGS & RUNNERS Incorporating Fabrics – From around the WorldHand Dyed     Surface Designed     Commercial
Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM)2030 Wayzata Blvd. E.Wayzata, MN  55391
PROCEEDS GO TO:daysforgirls.orghelpinghaitiwork.orgnettieandfriends.bolgspot.com
BRING YOUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES, NEIGHBORS, STRANGERS…Questions? Call Liz @763-559-0372 or e-mail beaconLH9@yahoo.com

improv piecing, hanging sleeve, see flower fabric photo

Days for Girls Refugee Project

Days for Girls recently sponsored a Refugee Project to distribute reusable menstrual kits in Afghanistan, Lebanon, South Sudan and Somalia. Our Plymouth DFG chapter was able to contribute 25 kits to the effort that have not already made their way to Haiti. While the need in Haiti remains enormous, we recognize that there are other parts of the world where women and girls can face even greater challenges as they navigate life in a refugee camp away from all that they have previously known. After a world-wide donation drive of only 3 months, over 33,000 kits will be distributed with the help of World Vision.

Kits stacked and ready to be packed

Second Mile Offering

Helping Haiti Work is the grateful recipient of funds thru a second mile offering at Messiah Methodist church in Plymouth, MN. They have been faithful supporters of our mission to help others so they can help themselves and live their motto of “being the hands and feet of Jesus”. Thank you for creating this lovely video to share our story.

Morpheus Concert on May 3rd

Join us for a fun evening, and 100% of your support will go to our programs in Haiti! Listen to the 11-member band, Morpheus, perform hits from some of music’s greatest classic rock bands–Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steppenwolf, Santana, Chicago, The Eagles, The Doors and more!

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Doors open at 7PM
West Medicine Lake Community Club, 1705 Forestview Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 per person. Use this ticket link to make your tax-deductible donation through GiveMN.
Refreshments will be available; wine/beer for a $5 cash donation at the event. Bring your friends!

New Year, New Space, New Microloans

2019 is year 5 of our organization and brings changes to both our microfinance loans as well as to our sewing program.

Ellen Schreder, a partner in our sewing centers, has worked diligently over the past few years to acquire a Rotary loan to upgrade the spaces where our seamstresses work. Each space, both in Ranquitte and Limbe, are being outfitted with solar panels to power the sewing machines, new tables and chairs and industrial grade sewing machines that will require less maintenance. We are also establishing a space in Cap Haitian that can serve as a distribution and teaching center.


Inflation has become an ever increasing problem in Haiti with devaluation of the goude in comparison to the American dollar. Many stores that sell foodstuffs are closing as they are unable to afford inventory. As most of our microfinance loan recipients buy items in bulk and then resell them in the local market, this has affected them dramatically. We have seen a marked reduction in the repayment rate and have had to write off many loans. We are planning on initiating new loans in a new community and are researching what amount of money is the equivalent of our initial $200 loans. Although this will decrease the total number of loans that we are able to fund, we are optimistic that the recipients will be more successful in their businesses.

Equal Time for Boys

We have recently trained Fritznel, our in-country coordinator of activities, in the Ambassador of Men’s Health curriculum. He was asked to provide this education to a group of middle school boys in Port au Prince at the Healing Haiti site. Using diagrams and models, he taught these boys about their own bodies and how best to care for themselves and also about women and their menstrual cycles. The education was well received by both the young men and their parents. In the future, this education will be offered in addition to our Ambassador of Women’s Health Program.

Rotary Grant

Elly Schreder, co-leader of the Helping Haiti Work sewing centers that construct the reusable menstrual kits, received a international Rotary grant for $168,127. This involved a two year grant application process and many hours of hard work. The funds will be used to purchase materials in large quantities, finish the construction of the CapHaitian sewing center,  installation of solar panels, salary of a manager and shipping costs.  We are hoping to make the center as sustainable as possible over the next 3-4 years. Elly is a member of the Brooklyn Center Rotary and made over 30 presentations to area Rotarys that agreed to support her grant application. Materials will be shipped this fall. 

Benefit Concert was a Huge Success


Our third Morpheus Benefit Concert was the best yet. New location at Medicine Lake Community Center held a record crowd of 130 movers and shakers. We had a dance floor that was well used as we enjoyed music from the 60’s and 70’s. Due to generous donors both before and during the event, we raised just over $9000 to fund more microloans for 2018 and continue to support our sewing center. A huge thank you to the members of Morpheus who have helped to support our cause for the past three years.