The Haitian Pride Breakfast Program just completed its third year of operation and thanks to generous philanthropic partners, it has expanded this year and is now providing breakfast to 1,510 children at seven schools, five days per week. On a recent trip to Haiti, Tom Iovino and several iF Foundation supporters were able to see first hand the impact of the Breakfast Program as well as hear directly from program beneficiaries about the tremendous need for this unique initiative. The Breakfast Program is the philanthropic outreach program of the iF Foundation and while the long-term focus of iF’s mission is sustainable economic development, addressing the immediate need of poor childhood nutrition is an important component of our commitment to the community. Every child who attends St. Joseph’s, Immaculee, Baptiste Bordes, Christ Roi, Christ-Vivant, Ebenezer and Holy Cross primary schools receives a delicious and nutritious meal to jump start their day.
Peanut farmers partnering with the iF Foundation recently gathered to discuss their outcomes, challenges and long-term goals for participation in the iF Agricultural Program. The farmers all agree that the main benefits of working with iF include collaboration and training. They are able to work together on land preparation and at harvest. One farmer shared with the group that before working with iF he thought his life was over. Now he feels like he has hope. He actually bought a cow for the first time in his life. He knows that his harvest will be sold at market for a fair price and now he can actually plan for the future. Peanuts are just one of 8 crops that the iF Foundation is producing through the Agricultural Program in partnership with local farmers. Peanut farmers in the area have been through 2 successful cycles; harvesting their crops and selling at market for a fair price. In addition to earning a small income, the farmers have been able to pay back their no interest farm credit loan to iF demonstrating a positive outcome with this group of farmers