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
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...
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 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...
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:...
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...