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Haiti is a devastated country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. The people there face horrendous daily struggles. Statistics tell the story of their challenges: Average life expectancy is the worse in the world at 49 years of age; The country is the most water-deprived in the world; Haiti is third to Somalia and Afghanistan in hunger; Unemployment exceeds 70%; and the Average annual wage is only $532.
Yet, in spite of these hardships, when visiting this country, you will be forever touched by the beauty, kindness, love and friendliness of the Haitian people.
The founder of The Siméus Foundation, Dumarsais M. Siméus, had a life-long dream to give back to his birth country, Haiti, and improve the quality of life of the poorest of the poor. Born in extreme poverty to parents who did not have the opportunity to receive an education, Mr. Siméus, through God’s blessings, miracles and the help of many, had the opportunity to come to the United States, receive an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, climb the corporate ladder becoming the President of a $2 billion business, and became the owner, Chairman of Siméus Foods International, the largest black-owned food processing business in the United States.
Established in 1999, The Siméus Foundation’s (TSF) mission is to save lives and give hope to the poor of Haiti by providing medical care, clean water, education, clothing and nutrition. TSF is a 501c3, non-profit organization.
In 2001, a medical clinic opened full-time in Pont-Sondé, Mr. Siméus birthplace. Supported by a Haitian medical staff of 13 and numerous medical missions from the United States, the clinic treats approximately 600 patients a month at the per-patient cost equivalence of 35 U.S. cents. The clinic also supports the community with potable water, clothing, food and scholarships.
TSF is grateful to our many benefactors who make it possible for our organization to provide these services and, ultimately, support our objective of helping the Haitian people with an improved quality of life and long-term, sustainable results.
Mr. Siméus often speaks about the importance of “putting a drop in the bucket” a metaphor for the importance of everyone doing something, however small or large, to help Haiti reach its ultimate potential.
Anne Frank once said “Isn’t it wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to help change the world.” Please act now and join us in our quest to help Haiti.
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