Fonkoze et Zanmi Lasante à l'assaut de la misère en Haiti

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Fonkoze et Zanmi Lasante à l'assaut de la misère en Haiti

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Fonkoze et Zanmi Lasante à l'assaut de la misère en Haiti

Posté le jeudi 21 octobre 2004

P-au-P., 21 oct. 04. [AlterPresse] --- Le problème de la misère en Haiti sera au centre d'une réunion prévue en Haiti à la mi-novembre par l'organisme Fonkoze, qui travaille dans le domaine de la micro finance, et Zanmi la sante, oeuvrant dans le domaine de la santé.

Les organisateurs de cette prochaine session de travail ont fait savoir à AlterPresse que 5 spécialistes, venus d'Afrique, d'Asie et d'Amérique latine, apporteront leur contribution aux réflexions. Leur tache sera d'apporter des éléments de réponses aux questions concernant la dépendance économique et la vulnérabilité d'Haiti.

La vulnérabilité d'Haiti en matière environnementale et de réponse a des situations d'urgence est apparue très prononcée ces derniers temps, surto
ut suite à des inondations dans le nord du pays qui ont fait environ 2720 morts et disparus ainsi que près de 300.000 sinistrés, selon un récent bilan.

La réunion de la mi-novembre fera suite à une session de travail organisée préalablement dans le pays par Fonkoze et Zanni lasante, le 6 octobre dernier. Les organisateurs disent vouloir explorer des solutions aux problèmes d'Haiti à partir des expériences vécues dans le tiers monde.

Les organisateurs prennent spécifiquement en exemple, le cas du Bangladesh, un pays qui a sombré dans une misère extrême durant les décennies écoulées et qui a pu depuis quelques temps maintenir, selon eux, une certaine stabilité.

Selon Anne Hastings, Directrice de Fonkoze, ces rencontres traduisent la volonté des organisateurs d'affronter le problème de la misère en Haiti. Les résultats permettront aux populations vulnérables de mener une vie plus active économiquement, ce qui les rendra exemptes de certaines maladies, affirme le Dr Paul Farmer, fondateur d
e Zanmi la sante.

Les deux responsables estiment que la micro finance est une porte de sortie pour les populations qui croupissent dans la misère et se disent déterminer à se battre contre ce fléau qui ronge les familles haitiennes. [lf gp apr 21/10/04 14 :00]

Leonel JB

Post by Leonel JB » Sun Oct 24, 2004 8:13 am

Please, to all Haitians living outside and inside Haiti. I remember calling for a fund for our country without realizing there was something or an Organization already.

I am not a member yet, but I will pledge at least one hundred dollars to FONKOZE.

They did and are doing a wonderful job which needs to be praised... Way to go, Fonkoze.

Now, instead of giving to other foreign organizations alone which I was doing. I will beg all of you to give to our cause, to our brothers. We don't need disasters to strike before giving.
Remember we have a lot of PROFESSIONALS. Your services can also be needed, just pitch in guys.

"La Kay se La Kay"

There is a brighter future, a lot is expected from us (outside or inside), a lot can be done for a "NEW HAITI".

"L'union Fait La Force"

FONKOZE needs us.

leonel

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Post by admin » Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:27 pm

Leonel, a couple of weeks ago I did what you propose and sent $100 to Fonkoze, as it is a recipient worthy of our donations. But I believe we can do much better. After all, this thread is more specifically about investments and not donations. Don't misunderstand, your contribution and mine are very well appreciated (I promptly received a very nice letter of thanks from Sharmi Sobhan, Director of Fonkoze USA) but there are two or three other very practical ways that we can help Haitians via an organization like Fonkoze, without even requiring a financial sacrifice. Just a little bit of trust, which they have earned aplenty.
  • One can use their services to send money to relatives and other people that we support, as many of us do.

    See: http://www.fonkoze.org/sendmoney.htm
    [/*:m]
  • One can open a savings account with Fonkoze to facilitate travel to Haiti (as you wo
    uld have access to the cash that you need locally). Remember Sharmi's response to my query from a previous post:
    [quote]How can one open a savings account with Fonkoze from another country, such as the U.S. and Canada?

    There are two ways to open a savings account, either in US dollars or Haitian Gourdes, with Fonkoze in Haiti.

    First, you may call Isabelle Chauvette, our customer service representative, at 1.800.293.0308. Isabelle speaks Creole, English and French and is based in Haiti. The 800 number is still toll free thanks to satellite phone technology.

    Second, you may email Isabelle at fundnotice@fonkoze.org. She will then send you the application form used to open the account.

    That's it! It's actually quite simple. For those of you who don't know much about Fonkoze, we have 20 branches nationwide - a map of our branch locations as well as instructions for how to transfer money to Haiti through Fonkoze can be found on our website, www.fonkoze.org . [
    /quote]
    [/*:m]
  • One can invest in invest in Fonkoze USA's Loan Fund. Here's information from their website:
    [quote]Fonkoze USA's loan fund gives socially responsible investors the unique opportunity to put their dollars to use in Haiti to fight poverty while earning a financial return of up to 3% on their investment.

    Currently, Fonkoze USA has almost 100 investors nationwide and $1 million in its loan fund that is channeled directly to the rural poor in Haiti through Fonkoze.

    To learn more about investing with Fonkoze USA, download a copy of our Investment Brochure.

    For more information, or to receive a copy of our disclosure statement by mail, please contact Sharmi Sobhan at 212.822.9553 or by email at fonkozeusa@fonkoze.org[/quote][/quote][/*:m]
Certainly, if one wants a killer return on their money, Fonkoze would not be the place to invest. But I am thinking that many Haitians probably have funds stashed in savings
/checking accounts bearing either no interest at all or rates that are so low as to be completely negligible. If one could move some of that idle money (which banks in the USA use in ways that probably have nothing at all to do with our welfare or personal interest) to a Haiti development fund like Fonkoze, then:

- what would one have to lose? ["To date. Fonkoze USA has maintained 100% timely repayment to its investors" - Fonkoze Investment Brochure]

- what is germane to the topic that we are discussing here is THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE MONEY WILL BE USED IN SMALL SCALE BUT CRUCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT EMPOWER TRADITIONALLY POOR HAITIAN ENTREPRENEURS.

When we speak of "Investing IN Haiti", I think that is what we mean. We are talking about how we can make a difference to the lives of individuals in Haiti in the most efficient and productive manner. Not to give a fish, but to give one the opportunity to learn how to fish.

I am not a Fonkoze representative, and certainly th
ere are other options, and I would welcome the promotion of the very best ones on this forum. However, my gut instinct is that this is an organization that I can trust, not to make me rich in any way, but to give someone else a chance. And in doing so, to make our lives as sons and daughters of Haiti a bit more meaningful.

Leonel JB

Post by Leonel JB » Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:28 am

Guy,
I've tried to send a donation on a monthly basis at FONFOZE for over two weeks. I keep having problems with my bank in the US. Very frustrating!

I can't send personal check, cause I know it's gonna take Christophe Colomb with his ships to transport that money from DK. I sent a check via post office last month, I still don't know where it is?

Anyway, I wanted to donate really, not to invest. Or I wanted to invest in my Brothers and Sisters in Haiti. I think Fonkoze is the place.

Even my wife wanted to offer some pro bono times as a Health Educator which we're gonna try one month yearly...

Haiti really needs his Children!

leonel

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Post by admin » Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:50 am

Leonel, I commend you and your wife for your humanitarian and civic dispositions. About your difficulties, the best I can advise you is to e-mail (or call) Sharmi Sobhan, Fonkoze USA's executive director. I have e-mailed her in the past, as well as Fonkoze's director in Haiti, and they have both been responsive, in spite of their very busy schedules.

Contact her at 212.822.9553 or by email at fonkozeusa@fonkoze.org

Sharmi is a very young and personable native from Bangladesh, with much expertise in micro-finance operations. She served in the Peace Corps in Haiti and speaks fluent Haitian Creole.

You probably already know of Father Joseph Philippe, the President of Fonkoze, native of Fondwa (off the road from Leogane to Jacmel), and his leadership role in the APF (Asosyasyon Peyizan Fondwa) and the Popular University of Fondwa. You mentioned Jennie Smith in one of your previous notes on t
he forum, and surely you know of her ties to Fondwa as well. Finally, one of our recent and distinguished forum members, Jean-Marie Florestal, served previously as a Board member for Fonkoze. I mention those references to reassure everyone that indeed Fonkoze should be high on your list of organizations that you can or should partner with to spread good works and cheers in our native land.

Pale, se youn e sa nesesè, men rantre nan konbit la pi nesesè toujou.

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