A Desire to Break the Cycle
Founded in 2001, ServeHAITI was born out of the collaborative efforts of volunteers from the United States and Canada, with a desire to break the cycle of temporary interventions in the region. Our goal has always been to provide the necessary resources to empower the people of Grand-Bois to build and sustain a healthy and economically viable community for themselves.
Hundreds of patients waiting to be seen by members of the first medical delegation in February 2001.
Creating a Model of Continuity & Stability
After a grueling ten hour journey, the group established a makeshift clinic in the back of the local church—St. Pierre Parish. Hundreds of people seeking medical care inundated the small clinic and it quickly became apparent a permanent commitment to the area was needed.
Mary Kate Costin
John DePasquale, MD
Bill Johnson, RN
Jane Johnson, RN
Donna P Williams
Father Richard Zivic
Now with its first full-time staff member, ServeHAITI began the difficult work of planning, building and staffing the only medical clinic in one of the most remote parts of Haiti.
Center began in 2003
the St. Pierre Church in February 2005
A Health Center & Expanding Mission
The Center is the only source for healthcare in the region. It offers primary and acute medical services, dental and malnutrition care, perinatal and obstetrics, pharmaceutical and community health education services.
Under the leadership of Dr. Bourgouin (“Dr. Leo”), the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center now serves more than 16,000 patients annually. ServeHAITI employs over 50 Haitian medical and support personnel who see patients 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.
Of course, access to healthcare is not the sole determinant of health outcomes and well-being. Built environment, education, and economic stability each contribute to long-term health outcomes. Recognizing this interconnectivity, ServeHAITI began to strategically expand its mission to improve access to other essential services for the people of Grand-Bois.
ServeHAITI installs a well at the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center to provide clean drinking water for patients and staff. This initial well launches a long-term commitment to bring sanitary water to all Grand-Bois residents. To date, XX wells have been dug throughout the region with XX additional wells planned.
The Teacher Training Program begins, training 45 teachers with new skills and techniques to help them engage, enlighten, and empower the children of Grand-Bois. In 2013, ServeHAITI builds on this commitment to the next generation by creating Restore Our Schools, an initiative to upgrade the infrastructure of area school buildings.
ServeHAITI launches their Entrepreneur Program to help foster economic independence in Grand-Bois. The objective of the program is to identify, train and support potential business owners and offer them the resources necessary to grow and sustain their business. The following year, ServeHAITI begins working with partners in the region to provide microloans to seed start-ups and encourage job growth.
As a pediatrician I realized that to make a difference we needed to provide continuity of care — a permanent presence in the community — and that meant hiring local medical and nursing staff to best administer to the needs of the people.”
Total Patient Visits
Total Live Births
Total Patient Visits
Medika Mamba program
Home System Assessments
Bucket Repairs Made
Total Loan Funding
Coffee Trees Planted
Types of Businesses:
Bean Resellers, Bakeries, Electronic and Solar Panel Sales, General Store, Raising Goats, and Agricultural Supply Stores
La Pepinere (2014)
Communautaire – Lamothe (2014)
Solidarite – St. Pierre (2013)
Mardoche – Mambo (2014)
Adonai – La Twazon (2013)
Communautaire – Palmes (2019)
Coeur de Jesus (2017)