Improving Lives and
Strengthening Communities

Haitian Heritage & Friends of Haiti (HHFoH) is a grassroots community based non-profit organization that is strongly committed to strengthening and improving the quality of life of the Haitian Community in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, Haitian Community in Haiti, and beyond.

Started by Sabine Guerrier in 2009, HHFoH is a grassroots community based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of the Haitian community in Charlotte, NC and in Haiti. Due to the opportunities in finance, healthcare, real estate and more, many Haitians are attracted to the Charlotte area. Unfortunately, many have moved elsewhere due to the difficulty of integration within the Charlotte Community. HHFoH helps Haitians feel more at home through organizing community events, educational opportunities, and cultural activities.

            January 2010 brought a shift in the focus of the organization after Haiti was affected by a  catastrophic Earthquake. In addition to the outreach in Charlotte, HHFoH also focuses on providing relief to Haitians in need and rebuilding Haiti.

Cap-Haïtien is located in the northern region of Haiti. From 1670 to 1770 it served as the capital of the French colony and was the scene of slave uprisings in 1791. Haitian and French troops razed the city in 1802, but Henry Christophe, the self-proclaimed king of Haiti, rebuilt much of it. However, an earthquake in 1842 and a hurricane in 1928 destroyed many of the historic buildings. Since then, Cap-Haïtien has become home to over 750,000 people, making the small, coastal city overpopulated. More than eighty percent of the city lives in poverty, surviving on little to no income each year, which has led to numerous health challenges. In Cap-Haïtien, the daily caloric supplement is only eighty-four percent of the recommended United Nations levels. Additionally, Cap-Haïtien has about one doctor per 10,000 citizens, making it nearly impossible to get proper healthcare.
Charlotte is a major city in North Carolina that is home to over 800,000 residents, making it the 22nd largest city in the United States. Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast operations of Wells Fargo, which along with other financial institutions made it the second-largest banking center in the United States from 1995 to 2017. Charlotte also is home to many Haitian churches, with about 10 being in the area. Although the Haitian community in Charlotte is small compared to other nationalities, these statistics, along with the real-estate market steadily increasing, help to make Charlotte a prime location for the Haitian Community.

“I believe in Sabine and the work that she is doing with HHFoH to bring medical care to the people of this village.”

Kevin Kennedy

Cluck Design Collaborative

“Haiti deserves our attention and Haitian Heritage is one of the best ways I know to respond. They have direct contact with the people of Haiti and are trusted by them.”

Debbie Wilkinson

Volunteer

“Haiti is a beautiful country with beautiful people, who work hard to make a life and improve their daily lives the best that they can.”

Keith Pehl

Optima Engineering

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