Where are you located?
Second Mile Haiti is located in Northern Haiti. Our facility, including our gardens and animals are situated on a four-acre parcel of land in a rural zone called Kafoupè, outside the city of Cap Haitien. We have an additional 3 acres of land in the vicinity that is also used for growing food and animal pasture. We are located just 20 minutes from the International Airport of Cap Haitien and 15 minutes from two large hospitals.
Where does your funding come from?
90% of our funding comes from private donors (individuals, families and businesses). 10% of our funding comes through partner NGOs (non-governmental organizations) such as churches and international non-profits.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved. The first thing we'd recommend is to sign up for our newsletter and updates. You can do that right here at the top right corner of this page! Then head over to our Facebook page and "Like" it if you haven't already. Visit our FB page often and you'll never miss an important post. At the blog, you can also sign up to receive notifications each time a new blog post is posted. We write frequently about our current needs and specific ways that you can get involved in our newsletters, at the blog, and on our Facebook page. If you are traveling to Haiti and would like to get in touch with us see below.
I'd like to make a contribution, what do I need to know?
Do you take volunteers?
Yes and No. On most occasions we do not have a need for international volunteers. Occasionally we do take teams with certain skills (such as our beloved electricians). But because babies are staying at our facility with a parent or grandparent we do not require volunteers to play with or take care of children. Also when we have "work projects" we prefer to use local contractors and laborers who live and work to make a living right in our own neighborhood (see Our Approach). The act of employing Haitian workers for work projects not only supports the preservation of Haitian families but is also a way to participate in the local economy and community. If you like our approach, you may want to partner with us to finance some of these projects thus giving Haitian contractors an opportunity to exercise their skills and provide for their families.
So you don't need volunteers. Are you sure? Isn't there any way for me to help out on the ground in Haiti?
Occasionally we can take"trainers for the trainers" (that is, people who specialize in an area that is pertinent to our work who could provide additional training for our nurses, community health care workers, gardening staff, maintenance workers, animal care staff, and / or our educators (i.e. lactation consultants, bee keepers, veterinarians, etc.) If you would like to offer your expertise in one of these areas we'd love to talk to you! Contact us here.
Can people visit Second Mile Haiti?
Yes. If you plan to be in the area and would like to learn more about Second Mile and how you can become involved you can send us an email with the dates and times that you will be in our area. We try to facilitate visits when our schedule permits.