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As you will see below, September was an exciting time in our campaign to catalyze support for Haitian-led efforts to create opportunities for children and families in Haiti. However, it ended with an alarming incident affecting our grantee Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante and their University Hospital in Mirebalais, a promising success story in Haiti and shining example in the Pockets of Hope campaign.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 26, gang members raided the hospital, entered the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and riddled the walls with bullet holes. Fortunately, no one in the hospital was injured by the gang members, but many patients fled or had critical care interrupted, with dire consequences.
For the Kellogg Foundation, the incident calls for continued reflection and listening with our partners in the community about how we can best support Haiti in the face of such insecurity.
What we know for sure, even amid the uncertainty, is that now is not the time for us to turn our backs on Haiti. The country needs friends and philanthropic investors perhaps now more than ever. Join us in supporting the work of tremendous Haitian-led organizations that are working tirelessly to ensure a promising future for Haiti.
On Tuesday, September 19, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s senior program officer for Haiti, Alix Cantave, announced the foundation’s Commitment to Action on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative 2023 Meeting. Before an audience of international public and private sector leaders, grantees and funding partners, Alix shared the foundation’s commitment of $30 million to important, locally led initiatives in Haiti over the next three years and called on others to together commit at double that amount, to meet a total investment goal of $90 million. Already, as of the Sept. 19 announcement, other funders had committed $20 million. The announcement is part of WKKF and partners’ Pockets of Hope campaign, which seeks to increase philanthropic investment in effective and promising Haitian-led work to set the country on course for a better future.
You can see Alix’s short speech below, and learn more about Pockets of Hope at HaitiPocketsOfHope.com.