Partners With Sassier
Partners With Sassier (Zanmi Sasye) is a not for profit organization which partners with local groups in the Sassier area to bring hope, create opportunity and improve lives for the 10,000 inhabitants living here in Haiti. Since 2006, we have provided or facilitated more than $3 million in direct assistance and investment in the Sassier area. Our work builds upon and complements efforts begun in 1998 by Sacred Heart Parish in Winnetka, Illinois. We focus on four principal areas: education, healthcare, agriculture, and community & economic development.
After several years of drought, the rains have finally returned to the greater Sassier area. The drought has resulted in five failed harvests, resulting in significant hunger for many people throughout the whole Grand Anse province, in which Sassier is located.
Education is the Number One focus of parents in the Sassier community. Even though more than half of them cannot read or write, they are willing to sacrifice much to provide their children with the opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty by getting a good education.
Haiti ranks near the bottom of almost every measure of healthcare. One of ten children die before their 5th birthday, maternal mortality rates are 10 time higher than in the US, and average life expectancy is less than 55 years (compared to nearly 80 years for many European countries).
Partners With Sassier (Zanmi Sasye) is a not for profit organization which partners with local groups in the Sassier area to bring hope, create opportunity and improve lives for the 10,000 inhabitants living here in Haiti.
Children Being Educated in Sassier Parish School (2014)
Classrooms in Sassier Parish School (vs one Classroom 2004)
Length of Gravel/Dirt Road Rehabilitated by Sassier Community in 2011
Percentage of Fully Certified Teachers in Sassier Public School (Compared to 0% 10 Years Ago)
Latest Updates from Sassier
Dedicated teachers throughout Haiti will tell you that one of their greatest challenges is students who come to school hungry. Younger children begin crying by 10 AM, asking for bread or other food. The eyes of older students glaze over about Noon, a...
Agriculture is Coming Back in Sassier Agriculture is the primary business in the Sassier area, with almost every family involved in growing crops and raising animals. Rebuilding agriculture is key after the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October...
Zanmi Sasye's President, Gerry Keenan, is visiting Sassier this week and sent us the following update: The rainy weather of the past few weeks has cleared, so everyone's activities are back to normal as the sun shines on the Sassier area. 2018 is off to a good start....
Adopt a Sassier Student 2017: Our Students Need Your Support! It’s September again…the sounds of children’s voices and laughter once again fills the hallways at the St Jean Baptiste Parish Schools in Sassier More than 600 students from preschool to 13th grade are very...
Matthew Can't Defeat Us! Graduation Day in Sassier What a celebration for the 24 graduates of College Pierre Toussaint! Wish you could have been there. It would have been easy for the twenty four 13th Graders at College Pierre Toussaint to quit this past year-but they...
A Bountiful Harvest In Sight Four failed harvests in a row have created desperate situations for farmers in the Sassier area. Nearly two years of drought and the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last October left farmers with almost nothing--no resources and...