For over two decades, the Harris Rosen Foundation has been dedicated to helping Haitian brothers and sisters living in Haiti attain a level of self-sufficiency. Since the 1990s, school and medical supplies have been collected and delivered to hospitals, schools, and orphanages needing support, thus ensuring all supplies go directly to those who need them most. In 2010, just after the devastating earthquake, the Foundation met with local leaders and the Haiti Task Force to assess the needs of Haitians and devise a plan of action to help.
The Harris Rosen Foundation is committed to assisting Haiti in ways that are effective and efficient. We learned that the one area where Haiti needed the most help is one we often take for granted: a clean water supply. Much of the water in Haiti is so contaminated that just one glass may cause serious illness or even death. To help address this issue, the Harris Rosen Foundation and the Haiti Task Force hosted the Water for Haiti Gala on September 10, 2005. The funds raised at the gala were used to purchase nearly 250 water filtration systems to help provide safe, drinkable water. The Haiti Task Force delivered these to hospitals, schools, and orphanages in rural areas across Haiti.
Just weeks after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the Harris Rosen Foundation delivered 20,000 pounds of supplies to the Port-au-Prince and Beauchamp areas. The Haiti Task Force was on site, equipped with fixed wing aircrafts to efficiently deliver medical and relief supplies where they were needed most. Since 2010, the Foundation has focused on rebuilding, including constructing sturdier buildings. After much brainstorming, the plan to build eco-friendly, earthquake and hurricane resistant buildings called Little Haiti Houses was born. Mr. Rosen and his team worked with the Haitian government on securing land, but when negotiations ended in the dissolution of a Memorandum of Understanding, the project was put on hold. Anxious to continue the work in Haiti, the Harris Rosen Foundation partnered with international nonprofit Food for the Poor to build or rebuild 105 homes in Jon L’Abeille, a small town in the city of Cayes that was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.