Six Months After the Earthquake
Fonkoze and member-clients stride confidently into the future
Since a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti six months ago, Fonkoze has received thousands of donations from across the world. As our donors and supporters, you are part of the Fonkoze Family and we are committed to reporting to you often on how your contributions are being used in post-earthquake Haiti. Despite the challenges ahead, Fonkoze and Fonkoze member-clients are on the path to a full and vibrant recovery. Click here to continue to support this important work. Below is a summary of achievements since January 12, 2010:
Implemented Kore Fanmi Fonkoze (Fonkoze Family Recovery Program) - Fonkoze's client and employee recovery program was nearly complete as of June 30th, assisting almost 18,500 Fonkoze members and their families recover their livelihoods. Read more about this relief and recovery program.
Raised $15 million to support client, employee, and institutional recovery - Click here to read the press release from the American Red Cross, one of the largest contributors to the relief effort, on the six month anniversary of the earthquake.
Provided housing and other support for Fonkoze employees - In addition to psychological counseling services, staff received grants for damaged and destroyed homes to help stabilize their lives.
Delivered financial services when it was needed most - While other institutions remained closed, Fonkoze had most of its branches open within days of the earthquake. In the four months after the earthquake, Fonkoze processed more than $31 million in money transfers sent by Haitians living abroad to their friends and family in Haiti. The institution also deployed a mobile branch in the earthquake ravaged region to reach all of its customers.
Began a scale-up of Chemen Lavi Miyó and Ti Kredi, Fonkoze's programs for the ultra-poor - An extraordinary refugee situation has led to an even greater need for solutions to catastrophic poverty. With its partners, Fonkoze is scaling-up its innovative programs to reach thousands of new recipients. Click here to read a new report published by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy featuring Fonkoze's model to alleviate poverty.
Together with partners DePaul University, the Worldwide Vincentian Family, and the Haitian Diaspora Hometown Association Resource Group, Fonkoze Launched a website providing an internet pathway for making loans and donations to Haiti's small and medium-sized businesses - Click here to go to Zafen.org.
Fonkoze USA strengthens capacity to better accompany Fonkoze and member-clients into the future
Fonkoze USA played an important role in walking alongside Fonkoze staff and member-clients during the past six months. We are here to educate and connect donors to the programs and activities of Fonkoze. Together, we lift up the important story of Haiti's heroes. In the past six months, Fonkoze USA has:
Raised over $2 million for earthquake recovery and rehabilitation to support Fonkoze programs above, especially infrastructure restoration and staff/client recovery. Fonkoze USA provides U.S. donors with tax-exemption for their donations, along with due diligence and reporting. 94% of every dollar raised was sent to Haiti.
Supported numerous local efforts on behalf of Fonkoze. Communities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the world rallied behind Fonkoze, and Fonkoze USA was there to assist local initiatives in their successful efforts. Our gratitude goes out to each of you, and every dollar continues to make a difference no matter what size.
Fonkoze USA served as the voice of Fonkoze. Along with our local supporters, we spread the word about Fonkoze's role in the economic future of Haiti. Documentary producer Rob Rooy donated time and talent to produce 14 post-earthquake video "shorts" of staff and member-clients. Click here to view.