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Feb 14th, 2019

Emergency in Haiti: Help Na Rive feed the children

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,

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As you may have read in the news, the political and economic instability in Haiti has escalated. Corruption claims and a new fuel shortage have led to nationwide protests and demonstrations demanding the resignation of president Jovenel Moïse. Some protests have turned violent and many people are afraid to leave their homes. Schools and businesses have been closed since last Thursday, and there has been no electricity supply for days now. Markets are closed, and some food suppliers have even shuttered their warehouses.So far, Na Rive has been able to draw from their emergency food sources. But with fuel so scarce and so many businesses closed due to the protests, inflation is skyrocketing. Which means many more people are not able to feed their families and are in need of help.Please help us keep the children and families of Ti Plas Kazo from going hungry during this time of emergency. Make a donation today.

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“It’s harder and harder to get food. Regular people who were ‘just’ making it before are now crying with hunger. And the poor have nothing. Nothing. Once people feel safe to leave their houses again, they will come to the food program for a meal. And we are concerned because we won’t have enough to offer them if the prices keep increasing as quickly as the need does.”   Lavarice Gaudin, Na Rive Program Director

The cost of food and school supplies are up at least 40% from just last week, which is magnifying the suffering throughout Ti Plas Kazo and all of Haiti. The need for donations is urgent. Let’s show the children and families in Ti Plas Kazo we care and will continue to stand with them in these difficult times.

Indeed, it is during times like these that we see the strength and impact of our partnership with Na Rive and we’re grateful to have such a direct way to respond. Thank you for your support and for holding Haiti in your heart.

With gratitude and hope,


Suzanne Alberga
Executive Director

Jan 28th, 2019

What you made happen in 2018

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,

How did 2018 go by so quickly?! While it was a year filled with serious challenges for our friends in Ti Plas Kazo (steep price hikes, street protests and political turmoil), it was also marked by the success, determination and hope of Na Rive. Here are some of the highlights that have filled me with optimism for the new year:

The Father Jeri School had a phenomenal pass rate on their government exams.

IMG_0636The Father Jeri School set an incredible record for itself in its first year of government exams, with a 98% pass rate. This result is all the more impressive when you consider that the national average pass rate is 66%. We can credit this accomplishment to the Father Jeri School’s strong emphasis on curriculum, teacher training, experiential learning, and our longstanding After School Program, where children receive additional tutoring and teacher time. And of course, let’s not forget the students, whose hard work paid off!

Father Jeri School students expanded their horizons.
fruit day elbast_jan19Experiences like traveling to historical sites like Marchand-DessalinesCarnival week in Cap Haitien and Fruit Day took students beyond the confines of the classroom, piquing lifelong curiosity and leaving a lasting impression. Play time and real-world practical experience are guiding principles of the school’s philosophy, and we saw it in action in 2018.

The Food Program expanded into a new space.
As with all Na Rive programs, the Food Program is dynamic, evolving to respond to the needs of the community. Last year, Na Rive created a new community cafeteria next door to the school to provide neighborhood children an easily accessible space to receive these critical meals. Students and staff also continue to be served nutritious meals in the school cafeteria.

You made it all possible.

Every day, every week, every year, it is the compassion and support of our donors that allows Na Rive’s programs to thrive. Your donations in 2018 created meaningful change for hundreds of children, students, teachers and families in Ti Plas Kazo and are helping Na Rive lift their community up. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Here’s to a 2019 that brings better times for Haiti, and continued learning, growth and resilience for us all.

Dec 20th, 2018

Last Chance to Give

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,
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I always enjoy these last few days of the holiday season, when I can savor quiet moments with family and friends, and set my intentions for the coming year.

As 2019 approaches, I hold hope in my heart for Ti Plas Kazo, and for all the children in Haiti. The challenges are great, but so is the incredible spirit and determination of our Haitian friends.

If you’re still deciding on your year-end giving, please consider making a donation towards food, education and hope for the next generation.

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boy studyingEvery dollar you give represents possibility: a hot meal, school supplies, a teacher’s salary and so much more. Possibilities that can only happen with your help.

And don’t forget there are many ways to give. You can make a donation online, send a check, donate stock, or give while shopping through Amazonsmile, goodshop or Giving Assistant.

On behalf of What If, our Haitian partner, Na Rive, and the children of Ti Plas Kazo, we thank you for your generosity and wish you a happy, healthy New Year!

Dec 20th, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,

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As we sit down to plan our holiday menus, the Na Rive kitchen staff is doing the same. Every year, with your support, they cook and serve a heartfelt and nutritious Christmas meal to over 1,000 children.

The community food program takes on special significance this holiday, as rising food prices put a daily meal out of reach for so many in Ti Plas Kazo. For children who will receive little else, the gift of Christmas dinner means so much.

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If you haven’t donated yet this year, we hope you’ll consider it now. Your support means a holiday filled with hope for many of these children. You can show them that they are loved, that they matter, and that they have not been forgotten.

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We send our deepest thanks to you for keeping these children in your hearts over the holidays and every day.

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On behalf of everyone in Ti Plas Kazo, we wish you much health and happiness in 2019.

With gratitude,

The What If? Foundation board of directors, staff, and our Haitian partners, Na Rive

Dec 17th, 2018

Show Them They’re Not Alone

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,
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I’m afraid this holiday season is proving to be a particularly difficult one for our friends in Haiti. The protests that plagued the country after the July price hike have continued and the food crisis has deepened, making life even harder for many of the children and families we serve. Here’s how Na Rive Program Director Lavarice Gaudin describes the situation:

“The divisive politics are disrupting the country. Some areas of Port-au-Prince have become dangerous due to the protests, making people afraid to be on the streets. A couple of our teachers had to leave their homes and many of the parents are afraid to let their children out the door. We are doing everything we can to offer the Father Jeri School as a refuge for our community.”

Through it all, the Na Rive team is working tirelessly. Help us support them as they provide sanctuary, sustenance and hope for students, teachers and hungry families.

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Since schools were closed for more than a week, the Father Jeri School has been providing extra help in the afternoons and over weekends to make sure students are prepared for their final exams. Despite the challenging circumstances, the children are eager to show all the hard work they’ve put into their courses. They want to pass their exams and make their families proud!

It is at times like these that your support is most deeply felt. Let’s show the children and families of Ti Plas Kazo they’re not alone. With your help, Na Rive can give them a safe place and a reason to celebrate the holidays. Please consider making a donation today.

We’ll continue to update you on the situation in Haiti as it develops. Thank you for keeping the children of Ti Plas Kazo in your thoughts and hearts. Your support is what gets them through.

With gratitude and hope,

Suzanne Alberga
Executive Director