The Haitian Times
Bridging the gap
SEGUIN, Haiti — A community healthcare organization, Health in the Mountain, was just getting off the ground in Haiti when a devastating earthquake struck in the summer of 2021. The group raised $1,000 from friends and colleagues in the United States for medicines and materials used in two mobile medical clinics. When it tried to raise more funds through Facebook — well known for its effective fundraising pages — it couldn’t.
Jacky Joseph, the group’s executive director and a nurse, scoured the Facebook corporate site until he found: “Is fundraising on Facebook available in my country?”
For Haiti, the answer was: “Facebook.com on mobile browsers is in the process of being updated.” Lower on the page, he read, “If you cannot create a fundraiser, it’s because the tools are not available in your area.”
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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded “Yonn Ede Lot” (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that worked with volunteer groups in La Montagne (“Lamontay”), Haiti from 2007-2013. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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by J.O. Haselhoef, The Haitian Times
February 16, 2022
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