At the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation we strive to provide quality health care, community outreach, and hope to the people of Saint Rock.
Who We Are
Established in 2002, the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency working to provide health care and social services to the Saint Rock community.
As the foundation has grown, our mission has expanded to also include several community outreach programs. Led by members of the community, these programs include a Goat Husbandry Program, Educational Sponsorship Program, Clean Water Initiative, Micro-loan Program, and Shelter Program.
We are dedicated to empowering the Saint Rock community by promoting healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyles.
Because we are volunteer based, 94% of all funding going directly to our medical clinic and community outreach programs.
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About Saint Rock , Haiti
Saint Rock is a rural community, located in a mountainous zone with altitudes of 700m. It is located just 3 km from Port-au-Prince’s city center and has a population of approximately 25,000. With non-existent infrastructure, the area is difficult to access, and is faced with challenges on both socio-economic and administrative levels. As a result, the people of Saint Rock, along with many other communities across Haiti, lack access to their most essential needs: primarily health care and education.
As is the situation throughout the nation, Saint Rock is vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and is faced with the harsh reality that conditions are increasingly worsening as national production declines, and dependence of foreign aid continues to grow. While current challenges are many, some of the primary issues include:
The ability to provide quality health care is also limited by restricted access to electricity and radio. Moreover, access roads to Saint Rock are limited and the main road connecting the village to the municipality’s administrative center is unreliable, especially during the rainy season. Problems are compounded with no support to improve or sustain standing infrastructure.Haiti has always struggled as a nation. However, the problems present in Saint Rock and many other communities have been exacerbated by the devastating earthquake in 2010.
On January 12, 2010, the nation experienced it's largest catastrophe to date when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck. With the epicenter close to the capital, over 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 injured. The damaging effects left 1.9 million families' homes destroyed, 2 million people in need of emergency food assistance and 1.2 million in need of emergency shelter. Following the earthquake a national Cholera epidemic emerged in October 2010. 356,117 cumulative cases were recorded, resulting in 5,506 deaths and 175,944 hospitalization. Currently, the country is still struggling to recover and many still lack essential resources. (Lambi Fund, 2012).
Lack of an effective government
Economic and social instability
Accelerated environment degradation
Susceptibility to epidemics