An independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization the mission of the Colorado Haiti Project is to work in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty. We operate with a small staff in Colorado and a host of dedicated volunteers and interns. In Haiti, we work in partnership with the Haitian Episcopal Diocese and the Haitian people, to achieve developmental goals that lift communities out of extreme poverty by increasing access to and capacity for foundational educational opportunities, clean water, community and public health, job training and economic self-sufficiency.
History and Vision
The Colorado Haiti Project was founded in 1989 by three Episcopal priests: Haitian Father Octave LaFontant and Colorado Fathers Dayle Casey and Ed Morgan. Over time, we have transitioned from direct service missions to long-term asset building and community development. Today, our work reaches a broad audience both within and outside of the Colorado and Haitian Episcopal communities. All are welcome to benefit from and join us in our work, regardless of religious affiliation. Our work is not specific to one faith and does not advance a particular religious ideology.
Action in Colorado and in Haiti
Haiti: In Petit Trou, the Colorado Haiti Project works to build relationships that cultivate community development that empowers individuals and is locally driven. Our work supports the vision of our Haitian sisters and brothers in building lives of dignity and economic self-sufficiency. Our education and vocational opportunities are vital to the long-term success of this community. While our work in clean water and community health promotes decentralization by building permanently integrated infrastructure in and around the community of Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti.
Colorado: Throughout Colorado, we actively raise awareness and mobilize resources to support and sustain programs in Haiti. We are committed to providing local opportunities for interactive growth that fosters relationship development and recognizes the rights and capabilities of our Haitian sisters and brothers. We actively recruit community and parish members to advocate, manage programs and raise funds that support our work in Haiti. Our goal is for this work to build bridges between our two communities that are sustaining and life-changing for all.
Tax Treatment. The Colorado Haiti Project, Inc. has been granted section 501(c)(3) organizational status by the IRS. Donations to the Colorado Haiti Project, Inc. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by applicable law; it is the responsibility of the donor to determine the extent of any such deductibility. No funds given to the Colorado Haiti Project may be used for the specific benefit of any officer, director, member, or other private individual, except to further the ongoing charitable mission of the organization.
Reliance. The information contained in this website is for general information only, and does not create a contract or provide any representation or promise from the Colorado Haiti Project. No binding obligation of the Colorado Haiti Project can occur without written documentation signed by the Executive Director, the Director of Fund Development and Donor Engagement, or the Chair of the Board of Directors.