CHANGE IS POSSIBLE

Haiti is not an earthquake. Haiti is not a hurricane. Haiti is not political violence. Haiti is our neighbor. 1.5 hours from Miami, it is one of the closest islands to the United States, yet remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. How is that possible? Not only is it close, it’s small enough to be manageable. 10 million people live in Haiti. That's the population of Los Angeles. When you look at the numbers of those in need, change is possible.

Haiti was once the Pearl of the Caribbean, and it can be again. Business is burgeoning. Large international companies are waking up and realizing Haiti is emerging as the place to be. When you walk the streets of Port-Au-Prince, through the farmland of Cap Haitian, or on the beaches of Jacmel, you can feel the potential energy accumulating. Now is Haiti’s time to rise.

In order for that to happen, we need to address challenges. In Haiti, nowhere has history been so violent, bloody, and brutal. The road from slave nation to sovereign state has been long and arduous, on the Haitian people and their land.

The developed world has a duty to assist those most in need. Nowhere in this hemisphere is need more clear. The world also has an obligation to support hope. And nowhere is hope more strong. With all of our support, Haiti will grow into a flourishing country of eager, informed citizens willing to strive for a stronger nation. True sustainability looks like our work in the hands of a 100% Haitian staff. Help put J/P HRO out of business in Haiti. Help us help Haitians help themselves. The question isn't why work in Haiti, the question is why not.

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WE ARE ONE

Haiti was singled out as a country of people who are unwanted and we just marked eight years since over 250,000 of our Haitians neighbors lost their lives.

For this reason, and so many others, we are taking a moment to share the Haiti we know and love. The Haiti filled with neighbors, friends, co-workers, brothers and sisters who, with their bare hands, pulled each other out of rubble and carried each other to safety. It is the Haiti of our 200 Haitian staff, working tirelessly every day to work with communities to provide medical care to infants and children while also promoting public health to tens of thousands; where our teachers provide young boys and girls a genuine opportunity to succeed. We know a Haiti that has been hit harder and more often by everything mother nature has to offer, and yet continues with a resiliency you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else; where the all-Haitian J/P HRO emergency response team to Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Haiti's South, helped 25,000 people return to a safe, dry home.

At J/P HRO we have always refused to blindly follow what has always been done. All of J/P HRO successes are guided by the people in Haiti themselves, by getting down to the ground level to do things with and in support of Haitians.

With time, Haiti will become more integral to the global economy. This is change that you will be able to see, touch, taste and wear. This will be no small feat, but J/P HRO is no stranger to challenging the status quo and persevering in the face of long odds. It's where we began and it's time to go back to what started this organization. We are not complacent. We are not okay with "good," or even "great." We are J/P HRO, and we want to keep doing the impossible.

Haiti is not looking for a handout. This great country will not be defined by an earthquake, hurricane or poverty. Instead, Haiti's difficult history will be overcome by the will of its people and with the attention and support of a compassionate world.

Today more than ever, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti. Please help us show them they are in our thoughts and hearts.

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