Partners with Sassier Zanmi Sasye: Engendering Hope, Creating Opportunity and Improving Lives in Haiti.

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.

Our Focus

Agriculture

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

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.

Healthcare

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).

Graduation Day in Sassier

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...
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A Bountiful Harvest In Sight

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...
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700 Meals A Day

700 Meals A Day Over 100,000 Meals Per Year! Jesus fed the 5000, and our team of skilled cooks feeds 700 students and staff at the Sassier Parish school about 150 days a year--over 100,000 meals a...
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Rebuilding Roofs Rebuilding Lives

Rebuilding Roofs, Rebuilding Lives Our past few posts have focused on the farming aspects of our Agriculture Project. Helping our farmers regain their livelihoods after Hurricane Matthew is not...
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Up on the Roof – Strong and Secure Concrete

Zanmi Sasye's President Gerry Keenan is in Haiti this week managing the recovery projects funded by your generosity. Hurricane Matthew showed the significant value of well-built concrete buildings....
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Celebrating the Return to School! 

Celebrating the Return to School! Play the "Celebrating the Return to School" Video. Please note that the video has no sound. The video above shows a portion of the dedication of the new roof at St....
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Planting Dinner for February

Planting Dinner for February Zanmi Sasye President Gerry Keenan returned from Haiti last weekend. Here is his update on the situation in the Sassier area. It is now 7 weeks since Hurricane Matthew...
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New School Roofs

New School Roofs Thank you to Trees that Feed and St. Francis Xavier! Zanmi Sasye President Gerald Keenan has been in Sassier and Jeremie, Haiti, since last Friday. He sent us the following report...
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Three Weeks Later, Reality Sets In

Fortunately, the weekend rains gave way to sun on Monday afternoon.  Tuesday, food and supplies delivered to Jeremie on Friday finally made their way to Sassier.  The road is too steep and slippery...
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Twin Victories!  Cubs Win, Schools Reopen in Sassier.

While Chicagoans everywhere cheered the Cubs on to the World Series victory, our local Haitian partners have continued their work to relieve the suffering of those in the Sassier area. Deacon Gerry...
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About Us

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.

History

Sassier is located about 160 miles west of Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital.  It is in a remote area with no electricity, public water service, or other services we consider essential.

Accomplishments

2017: Restoration and rebuilding efforts continue; Bordes school completed; Agriculture Project works with 230 farmers and begins development of commercial orchard collaboratives

Statistics

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

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Percentage of Fully Certified Teachers in Sassier Public School (Compared to 0% 10 Years Ago)

Latest Updates from Sassier

Graduation Day in Sassier

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

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...

700 Meals A Day

700 Meals A Day Over 100,000 Meals Per Year! Jesus fed the 5000, and our team of skilled cooks feeds 700 students and staff at the Sassier Parish school about 150 days a year--over 100,000 meals a year! Providing a hot lunch to the students is extremely important,...

Rebuilding Roofs Rebuilding Lives

Rebuilding Roofs, Rebuilding Lives Our past few posts have focused on the farming aspects of our Agriculture Project. Helping our farmers regain their livelihoods after Hurricane Matthew is not simply one-dimensional. Replanting, pest control, better means of...

Update: Restoring Agriculture After Hurricane Matthew

How Many Trees Can You Get on a Bus? "How many Haitians can you fit on a bus?" "Always one more!" Our friends at Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) provided our partner organization in Haiti with another 800+ trees to replace those destroyed in October. Our Challenge:...

Up on the Roof – Strong and Secure Concrete

Zanmi Sasye's President Gerry Keenan is in Haiti this week managing the recovery projects funded by your generosity. Hurricane Matthew showed the significant value of well-built concrete buildings. Buildings with metal roofs could not withstand the 120+mph winds. Once...

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