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The Haitian Health Foundation
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Patricia welcomes founder and President of the Haitian Health Foundation, Dr. Jeremiah Lowney and his daughter, Gail Lowney Alofsin. They discuss their clinic in Haiti and the outreach program that services over 200,000 people per year. The Haitian Health Foundation maintains a 7% overhead, with 93% of funds collected going directly to services for the poor. The Haitian Health Foundation has been awarded Charity Navigator's top 4-Star Rating.
Episode Segments:
The Origins of the Haitian Health Foundation
Dr. Jeremiah Lowney discusses his first visits to Haiti, why he felt compelled to help the Haitian people, and how Mother Theresa led him to Jrmie. His daughter, Gail Lowney Alofsin gives her thoughts on her fathers work, her initial trip to Haiti and how she got involved.
Mother Theresa & the Village of Jrmie
Dr. Jeremiah Lowney discusses his relationship with Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and describes the village of Jrmie. Gail and Dr. Lowney also discuss some of the success stories of the children of the village, and how new volunteers deal with the culture shock.
The Projects of the HHF
Dr. Lowney and Gail talk about many of the Haitian Health Foundations many developmental projects, including the Creole Pig replacement program, the Feed a Child Program, and the Save a Family Program. They also want to make you aware of the current food crisis Haiti is experiencing.
The Worst Poverty
According to Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, the people of Haiti have happiness, but no hope. Find out how you can help to give them that hope. Dr. Lowney also shares why he views his being hungry as a child as a great gift.
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Learn How You Can Help The Haitian Health Foundation
Consider sharing your good fortune with the poor of Haiti. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, and your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We appeal for help for these poorest neighbors in need and have provided opportunities for you to share in assisting our Haitian neighbors at a number of monetary levels. Visit the HHF website for more information about their programs.


A volunteer effort of health professionals begun in 1982 has grown into an outpatient health care facility supported by a nondenominational foundation called the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF). In 1985, after working for four years in Port au Prince, HHF moved its outreach to Jérémie, Haiti, at the suggestion of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in order to bring health care, hope, and opportunity to this especially poor and remote area. Jérémie is located in the western end of Haiti, where people depend on subsistence farming, charcoal production, and other menial jobs for their living (average income: $90–$300 per year). The area is very isolated, and, even under the most favorable conditions, all means of communication with and supply from urban centers is difficult, and services scant. Living conditions in this area are scandalous—children are frequently sent to live with relatives to avoid crushing more people into the tiny shacks. Often, families will sleep in "shifts," as they share one small bed. It is common to see children rooting with animals through the garbage for scraps of food. HHF has created a stable and loving preventive and curative health and development program in the poorest area of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission is to improve the health and the well being of the poor, the sick, and the infirm of Jérémie and to break the bonds of poverty which tie so many Haitians to a life of great deprivation. While cynics decry the impotence of individuals to change the world, HHF continues to change lives—one person at a time.