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Leave a Legacy Gift to The Colorado Haiti Project

Learn more here: Legacy Leaflet


The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty.

It is said it takes three generations to affect real change. The Colorado Haiti Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been working, for the past 25 years, in partnership with rural Haitians to fulfill our joint mission. We distinguish ourselves by working to build capacity: to give a hand up and not a handout. We see our partners in Haiti as individuals that when engaged and empowered, are effective agents of change in their own community. We encourage the people of Petit Trou de Nippes to be a model for community-led change in rural Haiti. Our work in Haiti today is through a long term commitment to the community of Petit Trou de Nippes, and specifically in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health and through the outreach activities of St. Paul’s Parish in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti.

We have made great strides over the past 25 years using a holistic approach to change focusing on four primary programs:

  • Education – Thomas Jefferson once wrote,

    “experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large…”

Over 80% of the parents of students at our school are illiterate. However, in 2013 – 2014 roughly 700 children attended St. Paul’s School in grades pre-K through 10th grade. This school has been hailed in the region, by the Haitian government, as a model for success. Giving a legacy gift to the Colorado Haiti Project Educational Endowment is a gift that will keep on giving to support this vital resource.

  • Community Health – A child and family’s health affects absolutely everything. Our goal is to support life-giving, long-term, effective improvement to the health of Haitian children and families in the entire region we serve.
  • Clean Water – Water-borne disease accounted for up to 80% of the cases seen in Petit Trou’s clinic, and the lack of available water was a constant burden in the life of every inhabitant of Petit Trou. Most St. Paul’s students spend up to 2 hours carrying jugs of water before ever arriving at school in the morning.

     “One of the Colorado Haiti Project’s greatest attributes has been our well project. When the cholera outbreak happened after the earth quake, it was the villages with the wells that had very little cholera, if any, as a result of having access to a healthy source of water.” – Lynn Gilbert

  • Vocational and Scholarship Programs – To continue to develop the natural leaders in this region we offer some scholarships. We are working to develop a full three year program, while sending promising students in other fields on scholarship to continue their education. These students come back to the area and work as teachers in the school, nurses at the school and in the clinic, community work to maintain and repair the wells, and create businesses fostering economic growth. In 2012 land was purchased to build a separate vocational building on the St. Paul’s campus and plans are in development to expand the vocational programs offered.

Regardless of the size of the gift, you can leave a legacy to Colorado Haiti Project by designating a portion of your assets to go to the Colorado Haiti Project when you pass away. These gifts ensure the continued vitality of the CHP Programs and are a statement about what is important to you.

Q. How do I make a Legacy Gift to the Colorado Haiti Project?
A. By including Colorado Haiti Project or Colorado Haiti Project Educational Endowment in any of the planned gifts listed below:

* In my Last Will and Testament
* In my Living Trust
* Beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan
* Beneficiary of a life insurance policy
* Charitable Gift Annuity
* Charitable Remainder Trust

We recommend you discuss options with your financial advisor. For example, if you name a relative as the beneficiary of a 401K or other retirement plan, the money will be taxed at that person’s current tax rate. If you name the Colorado Haiti Project as the beneficiary, 100% of the funds go directly to help with CHP’s mission (because it is a non-profit).

Q. How do I modify a will or other instrument for this purpose?
A. Contact your attorney, financial advisor, or insurance provider. Often, remembering CHP with a legacy gift is as easy as adding a codicil to your will or listing the Colorado Haiti Project as a beneficiary.

Q. What if I have questions about how to designate my legacy gift?
A. Please feel free to contact the Colorado Haiti Project office (303) 938-5021 to set up an appointment to discuss your wishes for your legacy gift. Your thoughtful generosity is gratefully received and will be used to carry out the core mission of the Colorado Haiti Project.

Mesi Anpil! Thank you!

Wynn Walent