AMERIHAND

Who we are, and what we do.

AmeriHand operates primarily in impoverished areas of Hispaniola (The Dominican Republic and Haiti)

We currently have 12 Doctors that donate their time to provide free medical treatment to the rural poor of the Caribbean and Central America.

We also address poverty and disease by providing access to clean drinking water and introducing sustainable agriculture practices in areas where the top soil has been washed away as a direct result of deforestation.

We also try to stop further deforestation and environmental degradation by introducing alternatives to charcoal as the primary cooking fuel.

AmeriHand was started by a group of American businessmen and a resort owner in the Dominican Republic who decided to try and do something about the poverty, disease and environmental degradation we were seeing firsthand in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It all started by us trying to supply shoes to the poor barefoot kids we would see every day and then branched out to address other serious problems.

Poor Mothers in Dominican Republic

We are not part of the professional "NPO crowd" that descended on Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. The flood of organizations that has made Haitians completely reliant on food hand outs rather than self sufficient as promised 5 years and $15 billion dollars ago.

Don't get us wrong, there are plenty of good hearted people doing noble work out there, but billions in aid dollars have been squandered by organizations with their own agenda.

Their slogan of "Build a Better Haiti" was replaced with privatization, a land grab and multi million dollar contracts to political cronies while Haitians displaced by the earthquake still live in squalor in tent cities.

Billions of dollars in private and public donations and the people are still homeless with empty bellies, no jobs, no sanitation, with a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 .

mock Victims of 2010 earthquake still live in squalor

Haiti remains an ecological disaster. The black market charcoal trade still flourishes and cargo ships full of sacks of rice fill the port rather than someone implementing some basic sustainable agriculture practices.

As recently as the 1990s Haiti was growing 85% of the rice consumed in their country, now it is less than 10%. As one Farmer put it, "why grow rice when Miami Rice is free". It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that they need sustainable agriculture solutions, not perpetual hand outs.

 

In both the Dominican Republic and Haiti we work with the locals to find solutions to their most pressing needs. Sustainable solutions that don't require constant interventions and investment.

Of course we give aid to the poor such as our "my first pair of shoes" program, and free medical aid, but in general, we try to provide sustainable solutions that don't require repeated intervention.

The first step is to actually ask the people who live in that village or town what they feel is their most pressing needs and work with them toward achieving the solution to that problem.

We know cases where millions of dollars of US government aid went to build soccer fields and cultural centers in Haiti in towns where the people have no power, no water, no sanitation and are hungry.

Perhaps they should have held a forum with the locals to ask what they need, rather than deliver what they need to line their pockets.

Some of our programs include

  • Our Lifestraw program provides point of consumption safe drinking water instead of supplying an endless supply of water bottles. It also is our cornerstone in helping to end the cholera epidemic
  • Solar Oven and BioMass Charcoal Program to teach how to cook carbon free and put a dent in the black market charcoal trade that is the main culprit in Haiti's deforestation, mudslides and ecological disaster
  • Our First pair of Shoes program prevents hookworm, parasites, tetanus and other bacterial infections in barefoot children.
  • Our Earthbox program teaches sustainable agriculture practices and provides nutritious vegetables even in areas where the soil has degraded

We humbly ask for any assistance you can provide. Whether it is a $5. $10 or $20 donation, shoes or used clothes, pots and pans or other household goods. We truly appreciate it and so do the people we serve.