What We Do

Our mission is to help distressed communities in need of material, educational, or medical supplies.  Our goal is to promote healthcare, education, small business development and spiritual support.  At the present time, we are concentrating our efforts in the city of Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti as a result of the devastating earthquake which occurred in 2010.  Helping Hugs, Inc. and St. William Church have joined the Parish Twining Program of the Americas and are working closely with Father Islaire, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Côtes-de-Fer.

Education

Attempting to break the cycle of poverty, Helping Hugs, Inc. has sponsored the cost of education for children of the St. Joseph Parish.  We are now in our sixth year and have steadily increased the number of children sponsored each year.  For the year 2016 - 17, 223 students were sent to one of the 3 schools in the area.  Many of the families cannot afford to give their children an education and so Father Jude and now Father Islaire are grateful for the assistance we provide.



Small Business Projects

Many families have no source of income and therefore cannot escape the poverty level of their existence.  Well chosen grants to seed a small business can bring a family income and change their lives.  Please refer to "Our Success Stories" for some of the accomplishments that have been achieved.


Healthcare and Hygiene

Since 2009, Helping Hugs, Inc. has conducted five mission trips to Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti.  At least one nurse has been part of the team on each trip to teach chapel directors and others how to use the first aid supplies and medicines that we bring.  In addition to the medical supplies, we have made a number of shipments of personal hygiene items and over the counter type of medicines.  The donated personal care items are used as gifts and an opportunity to teach hygiene as disease prevention.  While there is a physician located in the village (a great distance from the outlying chapels) the people do not usually have the $1.25 (a day's wage) to be seen.  As a result, we have conducted medical mission trips in 2014, 2015 and 2017 with physicians and nurses from our local area to assist the village physician.  The teams also have provided the clinic/physician with prescription medicines and equipment. We are currently planning another trip for 2018.  As a result of these trips, we have identified that many of the illnesses can be traced to the lack of clean water.  Therefore, Helping Hugs has initiated a "Clean Water" project to help improve the health and hygiene of the people of Côtes-de-Fer.  Please see "Our Success Stories" page for a more detailed description of our efforts. 

Donations in support of these missions are always greatly appreciated. 

 

Spiritual Support

In a time of crisis, spiritual support, can play a major role in the recovery process for individuals and communities.  Helping Hugs, Inc. and St. William Church through the Twining Program has supplied support for father Jude and St. Joseph Church.  The Church as well as the 13 missions in the surrounding mountain areas sustained major damage during the earthquake of 2010 and more recently hurricane Matthew.  Rebuilding them and establishing an educational building for teaching and housing people traveling to Côtes-de-Fer for instructional classes has been a major project undertaken by Helping Hugs, Inc.  We continue to supply other types of support which allowed Father Jude and now Father Islaire to efficiently accomplish their tasks.



 

FUTURE PLANS

Here are some major projects for the future:

The rebuilding of the education center where directors of the 10 chapels, teachers and others come to be educated, housed and fed.  The cost for the rebuilding is $130,000.   $100,000 is still needed.

Water projects to bring clean water to the community to reduce the cases of cholera and Gastrointestinal diseases.

Education program for the teachers.