Mission

Forging Futures is dedicated to feeding, educating, and empowering children in Leogane, Haiti.

Feeding Children

Each student attending our schools is provided with a nutritious meal. However, too frequently, this may be the only meal of the day.

Education is important, but it is hard to learn when you are hungry.

For this reason, ensuring our schools provide a meal to the children is critical.

 
 

Educating Children

Only one half of Haitian children attend school. For the majority of Haitians, the state (public) schools are very expensive.

Private schools are more accessible to the hard working poor because they are supported by non-profits or religious communities which bear the cost of tuition.

Empowering Children

We believe that education is the best way to empower Haiti’s children to create opportunity for themselves and their families. Many of the students that first started in Matthieu are now on the threshold of university studies. Many of our graduates go on to enter fields such as nursing, engineering, computer science, and architecture. Yet opportunities for Secondary and University Education are mostly out of reach for most Haitian students.

The reason: lack of funds. Talented kids, otherwise qualified students, reach a dead end. Their dreams for the opportunities that Education offers are dashed. It does not have to be this way. We can make a difference. Forging Futures in Haiti vows to make this dream come true. Enrollment in an excellent Haitian University costs $3500 a year. Ten Dollars a Day!

The Situation

Haiti
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the small Caribbean nation of Haiti, a nation already suffering with the lowest rates of GDP per capita income and Human Development Index rankings in the Western Hemisphere.

The country of approximately 10 million has since grappled with extreme poverty, the spread of HIV, cholera, and malaria outbreaks, and a crumbling infrastructure that has yet to regain its strength.
Low-skill jobs are especially scarce, as Haitian agricultural workers cannot compete with U.S. food aid prices, and deforestation has ruined much of its previously nutrient rich land.

St Matthieu
Forging Futures in Haiti, Inc. was formed in 2014 when a group of like-minded people, who have done charity work in Haiti since 2002, had a desire to do even more.

Simply put, life is hard in Haiti. Skilled jobs are scarce and those qualified to fill those jobs scarcer still. The reason: lack of education. We began our work in Haiti in 2002. We established Forging Futures in Haiti because this presented us with the most effective and efficient way to educate Haitian children. Over the intervening years, we constructed and financed 6 schools in the region around Leogane. Since the earthquake, two have closed. Now we have four schools with an enrollment over 600 students and a staff of 45 teachers and administrators. Why Haiti? Because this work is the right thing to do and we are happiest when we are doing it.

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The Team

Who are we? We are ordinary people who have joined together to offer our faith, commitment and skills to the people of Haiti. We are school teachers, businessmen, businesswomen, community organizers, political activists and lawyers. We joined together because we love and care for each other and for the poor of Haiti. Haitians live in circumstances that would bedevil most of us. Yet Haitians are among the most beautiful people on earth. Perhaps a Haitian waitress said it best. She walks 6 miles a day to her job. “Every day is a beautiful day in Haiti.” We look forward to hearing from you: john.porter@forgingfutures.org

Board Members

John J. Porter
Founder, Forging Futures in Haiti. Retired Episcopal Priest.
Jan Swoope
President, Forging Futures in Haiti, Retired Episcopal school administrator.
Jan Hackney
Jan Hackney, Secretary, Forging Futures in Haiti, Community Organizer, Political Activist, Advocate for issues concerning Health Care and the Homeless.
Eric Mees
Eric Mees, Treasurer, Forging Futures in Haiti, Senior Appraiser, Calhoun Sands Valuation and Advisory.
Lilly Landskroener
Lilly Landskroener, Executive, Palmetto Food Services.
Claire Cronk
Claire Cronk, Community Volunteer, Event Planner and Interior Designer.
Van Westmoreland
Van Westmoreland, President, The Westmoreland Company.
Mary Porter
Travel Consultant, Independent Contractor, Brownell Travel.
Pat Chesser
Executive, South City Partners.
Andrew Payne
Director of Communications, Holy Innocents Episcopal School.

Non-Board Advisors

Donald Hackney
Retired Partner, Arnell Golden Gregory, Washington DC., Legal Advisor.
Robert B. Townes IV
Executive Vice President, Sinclair, Townes & Company, Atlanta.
Kate Dramis
CEO and Founder, Kate Creative, LLC.

Projects

BBQ Throwdown Fundraiser
Provided over $6,000 in funds to aid in school lunches.

New Additions
A gift of $50,000 assisted in the purchase of a new orphanage home and the subsequent relocation of over 100 physically and mentally challenged Haitian children in Croix de Bouquet, Haiti.

A gift of $75,000 added an extension to the school in Matthieu, Leogane for additional classroom construction, as well as a new Administration Office.

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