STEP 1 - FUNDRAISING
Staff and volunteers travel throughout the U.S. coordinating fundraising events, sharing presentations, and meeting with potential donors. We know every dollar raised allows us to feed four hungry children.
STEP 2 - WIRE MONEY
Every month we wire transfer the money needed for the upcoming month from our U.S. bank to Haitian bank accounts we maintain in each region we operate. We receive monthly bank statements from every Haitian bank account we have to confirm every penny is accounted for.
Step 3 – BUY LOCAL FOOD
We buy ALL our food from local Haitian vendors in each region we operate. By investing over $750,000 in the Haitian economy each year, we are helping create jobs and changing the lives of more than just the children we feed.
We require certified receipts from each vendor for every purchase we make, ensuring the amounts match the bank statements.
Step 4 – SCHOOL PICK UP DAY
At the beginning of each month, every school is required to come to the food vendor and pick up their food for the month. They meet our Feeding Program Director and double-count quantities received to ensure nothing is missing.
The cost of transporting the food back to the school is the responsibility of each school. This is part of our Shared Support program.
Step 5 – SECURE STORAGE
Trinity HOPE requires that the food is always stored in a secure storage area on the school property, with limited access to the lock and keys.
Each day the school principal or director removes the appropriate quantities of food from the storage and gives it to the cooks to prep
Step 6 – COOKED ON SITE DAILY
Each morning the cooks arrive at the schools as early as 5:30am to build a fire and start to cook. Most schools cook over wood or charcoal, while some more fortunate schools cook using gas. The menu is rice & beans three days a week and corn & beans two days a week. A cook is paid monthly, and most are paid by the school as part of the Shared Support program. Many cooks are mothers of school children.
Step 7 – HUNGRY CHILDREN ARE FED!
Since our inception in 1999 Trinity/HOPE has served over 28,000,000 meals to the hungry children, teachers and cooks in Haiti. For approximately 50% of the children we serve, this food is the only meal they receive all day. Teachers, principals and parents often tell us the meal Trinity HOPE provides is the single biggest motivator for the kids to stay in school.
Step 8 – ACCOUNTABILITY
Each school is required to keep accurate reports of daily attendance and number of meals served every day. In addition, our Feeding Program Directors are required to keep a Monthly Purchase & Expense Report, as well as a Food Inventory Report for each school. These reports, along with bank statements, receipts, and other communications are sent to program administrators in the U.S. every month for review.
Step 9 – SEMI-MONTHLY AUDITS
The feeding programs are all managed by our team of 14 Haitian Feeding Program Directors. We do not have any Americans on the ground in Haiti. We believe we must empower and train Haitians to work towards self-sufficiency. Two times each month every school we serve is visited by a Feeding Program Director. Each visit they audit the programs, ensuring the school is following all required guidelines.
IT ONLY TAKES A QUARTER
Through focused attention on program efficiency and high accountability, Trinity/HOPE is able to provide a meal, from Step 1 all the way through Step 8, for approximately $0.25 per meal. Where else can $1 make such a difference? A child can be fed for an entire month for less than $5.00. Will you help give a child in Haiti a brighter future?