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News - University Graduates it's First Class

A milestone in the short history of the University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse: August 30 2014 UNOGA graduated its first group of students both in management and in agronomy. The graduation ceremony was preceded by a mass at the Cathedral of St. Louis. The church was packed, there was standing room only. A great validation of what we have accomplished in the short period of 4 years. Bishop Decoste presided over the mass. The graduation was reported in the national press, so now even Port au Prince has heard of UNOGA. A proud moment for students and staff.


Our Projects

Kay Pou Fanm Ayisyen (Houses for Haitian Women)

It is believed that over three million people were affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti, leaving thousands of Haitian people without homes, many of them women who are single parents and heads of households. Kay Pou Fanm Ayisyen is building houses for women. Studies have shown that women, who own their own homes in Haiti are more able to maintain their own small businesses, and feed, clothe and educate their children. Read More...


Mental Health Program in Jeremie

Part of Haitian Connection's response to the earthquake and its psychological aftermath is to establish a Mental Health Program in Jeremie. The catastrophe which hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 only underscores the need for trained mental health counselors on the ground, particularly in the months and years to come as people resettle, tally their losses and readjust themselves to a new, and most likely much more difficult, reality. To assist in that process we will train members of the community in psychological first aid, in recognizing depression, anxiety and substance abuse, and develop a cadre of mental health workers at three sites - Jeremie, Gatineau, Dekade. Read More...

A Special Focus on Children

We will train teachers and orphanage personnel in Child to Child methodology which has been adapted to help children assist other children to cope with traumatic situations. A CtC publication on children affected by natural disasters outlines specific activities that children can do to help other children, including engaging younger children in games, songs, storytelling, and dancing.

Building the University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse

With over 80% of the institutions of higher learning destroyed after the earthquake, Haitian Connection is seeking to strengthen the University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse by partnering with professionals in the US and other countries. A first step in that effort is introducing a year of General Studies to the core curriculum of the university. Read More...

Recent Accomplishments:

95 houses built

27 community mental health workers trained

23 schools identify themselves as Child-to-Child Schools

12 women enrolled in a microcredit program

24 hour electricity and internet installation at the University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse

90 professors recruited to teach over the last two years


The Haitian Connection - Koneksyon Ayiti has been established as a compassionate response to the poverty and misery that so many Haitians face. We are committed to the creative energy and inherent worth of each individual. We foster self help and grassroots development by building shelter for the most vulnerable in society - women and children, by promoting mental health and by strengthening the educational infrastructure.

Haitian Connection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in Illinois and your gifts are tax deductible. To support our projects financially you can donate online:


Find out more about what we are working on and ways you can help to support it.


Haiti Salon
Fondation Nouvelle Grand'Anse

Board of Advisors

Nixon Camelien
Max Delices
Abnel Desamours
Julie Hubble
Jeannette Diaz-Laplante
Amy Jobin
Kevin V, Meehan
Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson
Amenold Pierre
Kathleen Tobin
Gerard Vital
Rev. Brian G. Walker
Celine Woznica


Renate Schneider


Nou etabli Koneksyon Ayiti paske nou konnen byen pwoblèm yo nan Ayiti. Nou vle reponn jan nou kapab avèk anpil kompasyon. Nou kwè chak moun se moun. Nou vle bay kout men nan devlopman. N ap konstwi kay pou moun yo ki pi vilnerab - fanm ak timoun yo, n ap etabli yon pwogram sante mantal, e n ap soutni e devlope enfwastrikti edikasyon an.