About La Gonave Haiti Outreach (LGHO)
La Gonave-Haiti Outreach (LGHO) is committed to exploring national and international resources to enhance the well-being of La Gonave’s impoverished children and families through advocacy, basic medical care, clean water, education, employment, empowerment, housing, income generation, vocational training, and safety.
To have reliable resources and sustainable programs that will contribute to meeting the basic needs of impoverished children and families of La Gonave.
La Gonave is the largest island of Haiti where more than 80% of its population has been living in abject poverty. The well-being of the local residents has been threatened by natural disasters, ecological degradation, unemployment, and lack of access to education and health care, extreme poverty, disempowerment, social and political injustice. Sadly, the 2010’s earthquake, which affected more than three (3) million of Haitians and destroyed their financial assets, have made it more challenging for most of La Gonave’s residents to function as ordinary human beings. Although considered as one of the “highest trafficked energy sea lanes in the world”, La Gonave has remained the most isolated and underdeveloped island on earth where residents have no access to clean water, electricity, basic health care, and other resources to survive.
Being touched deeply by the abject poverty and the needs of La Gonave’s residents, a group of us officially founded La Gonave Haiti Outreach (LGHO) on December 31, 2015. LGHO is a not-for-profit organization that has been registered as a 501(c) (3). LGHO is dedicated to reaching out to compassionate individuals and organizations worldwide with charity in their heart to help lift local residents from their decades of misery and restore their hope and dignity.
LGHO is genuinely devoted to leading a campaign against extreme poverty in Haiti, particularly in La Gonave, which has been abandoned since the colonial time. We are seeking to remove barriers that keep residents vulnerable to being the victims of extreme poverty and restrict their access to basic needs. For decades, their well-being has been threatened by limited access to the followings: daily nutrition, clean water, basic health care, basic education, employment, social support, social programs, and income-generation. Ecological degradation, high population growth rates, and natural disasters, such as tornadoes and earthquake are additional contributing factors to their horrible poverty. We are urging Christians and non-Christians around the world to join our campaign against extreme poverty in La Gonave, Haiti. “Blessed the one concerned for the poor;* on a day of misfortune, the LORD delivers him. The LORD keeps and preserves him, makes him blessed in the land, and does not betray him to his enemies”, Psalms chapter 41:2-3. Please feel free to sponsor one of the programs we offer.
We Need Your Help
There are more than 300,000 Haitian children who have been forced to live outside their parents’ home due to financial burden of their care takers. Most of their children have been the victims of human trafficking, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and other forms of exploitation, such as hard labor in the homes of families who have greater opportunities. These children have been treated as slaves (Restavec=Staying with/unpaid servants) who have not had access to basic education. Many of them have escaped abuses from their so-called “owners” and are struggling to survive. We need legal assistance to reunify these children with their birth parents or primary care givers
Board of Directors
- Kisner Jean, Founder & President
- Annie Marie Barnes, Vice-President
- Ketelie M. Dornelus, Treasurer
- Joanne Berg, Secretary
- Michael A. Nicholson, Assistant Secretary
- Dieucine Cenecharles, Board Member
- Thomas Similus, Board Member
We are all unpaid members who are dedicated to promoting a strong campaign against extreme poverty in Haiti.