Here in Haiti

Here in Haiti

A Five Year Review – It’s Not about the Numbers

ByByLeslee JaegerDec 28, 20172 min read

After returning from our annual surgical mission trip to Haiti in early 2011, one year post earthquake, I was frustrated by the lack of progress that was happening in Haiti and the mismanagement of donated funds. I had had sincere…

The White Savior Complex that we are trying to avoid.

ByByLeslee JaegerDec 10, 20171 min read

This video is a good reminder of what we are trying to achieve with our mission at Helping Haiti Work. We work to empower women to help themselves and their communities by providing them with the resources – loans and…

Getting Haitian Men Involved

ByByLeslee JaegerNov 11, 20171 min read

The majority of tailors in Haiti are men. You frequently see them sewing in the doorways of buildings surrounded by a group of men playing cards. For that reason, finding women who are experienced seamstresses was a bit difficult in…

Haitian Seamstress Profile

ByByLeslee JaegerNov 8, 20171 min read

Yvette and her husband have 5 children and live in Ranquitte, Haiti, a small village located in the mountains south of Cap Haitian. Prior to our Days for Girls sewing program, Yvette had the skills of a talented seamstress but…

Our Future Progress

ByByLeslee JaegerNov 4, 20171 min read

Our building and Highway One in the distance   Our distribution building in Cap Haitian is slowly getting near completion. Elly Schreder was in Haiti this fall helping to complete a few large orders, deliver materials…

Make a Difference Day

ByByLeslee JaegerOct 29, 20171 min read

October 28th was National Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide.  Joining in the spirit of this day of giving, 37  women and girls showed up to help with the construction of over 100 reusable menstrual pad…

The Problem with Free Menstrual Pads

ByByLeslee JaegerSep 22, 20174 min read

Sanitary pads are expensive. And in some parts of the world, hard to come by. So why not give pads away for free? It’s an idea that a number of governments have considered this year. Several African countries, including Kenya,…

You can make a Difference

ByByLeslee JaegerSep 13, 20171 min read

Our Haitian seamstresses recently gathered together to share food and learn how to keep their serger sewing machines well oiled and repaired so that they can continue to create quality products. At our next sewing date we will be taking…

Hurricane Irma can’t stop our seamstresses

ByByLeslee JaegerSep 10, 20171 min read

As Hurricane Irma threatened the northern coast of Haiti, many of our seamstresses were busy finishing an order of 158 menstrual pad kits to be delivered in October as well as an order for 20 large tote bags that required…