HavServe Volunteer Service Network (HavServe) was founded in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. HavServe is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports community-led development through volunteerism in Haiti, by empowering villagers with the education, training, and basic services necessary for them to play an ever-increasing role in determining their own future.
What differentiates HavServe from many other non-profit organizations engaged in community development work is our lean organizational structure, supported by a team of 100% pro-bono technical experts, thus minimizing overhead and operational costs. Our network of pro bono consultants, local and international volunteers is our greatest asset. We recruit individuals who are professional, collaborative and creative thinkers with a passion for education for all and for poverty alleviation in the developing world. Because we are an organization that recruits individuals who are passionate about volunteerism and service, HavServe has been able to maximize the direct investment in the communities we serve. HavServe’s lean management approach ensures that ninety-five percent (95%) of resources and funding go directly into the work on the ground and towards improving the lives of the villagers we serve. This approach and focus on direct investment in the community allow our organization to achieve tangible and lasting results, and enable us to accomplish more with a fraction of the financial resources and costs typically required by other organizations.
HavServe’s main objective is to empower underserved rural communities in Haiti’s countryside and equip residents of those communities to address their own development needs. HavServe’s current development projects in Haiti are in the town of Lebrun, located in the southwest of the country. Rural communities such as Lebrun are largely cut off from government services and often inaccessible due, in part, to the poor road conditions of the mountainous terrain and to the endemic concentration of meager resources in larger cities, particularly in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. HavServe’s primary mission is to bridge this gap by providing the necessary tools to the rural population of the town of Lebrun to address the needs of the community.
In order to continue fulfilling our mission and effectively address the long-term needs of the residents of Lebrun and the surrounding communities, especially youth, HavServe proposes to build a solar-powered Multi-purpose Educational Center that will enable the community to grow and prosper. The center will facilitate the delivery of basic services and life skills training.