Our Impact

Thriving Villages is uniquely positioned to carry out campaigns requiring regular, face-to-face contact. Our network of 19 local health care workers travel to 240 remote villages in Pestel’s six sections. This method of traveling to the people has become our fundamental operating principle.

Our workers are trained to detect signs of malnutrition and anemia. We give vaccinations that save lives. With funding, Thriving Villages could reached even more people with life-saving nutrition packets and vaccinations.
  • Dr. Ben and Jen begin to host children from Haiti for heart surgery. Dr. Ben took his first trip to Pestel, Haiti.

  • Dr. Ben and Dr. Seneque (Regional Health Director for Pestel) develop plans for priority health concerns.

  • Dr. Ben partners with Variety International, The Children's Charity, to develop Child Health Campaigns for Pestel.

  • Child Health Campaigns begin in Pestel and reach over 10,000 children. Household surveys reveal high rate of child death (1 in 8 children die by the age of 5 years), widespread malnutrition, and severe deprivation of clean water. Dr. Ben partners with Vitamin Angels to provide Vitamin A and Deworming pills to children in Pestel. Cholera appears in Pestel for the first time.

  • Heifer International recruited for a project in Pestel to provide 220 families each with 4 goats, training, and seeds. Early basic hurricane warning system established.

  • Thriving Villages International is formed. Water Missions International installs first Water Treatment Unit in village of Boucan Philippe. Thriving Villages hires in-country manager. Over 250 villages identified in Pestel with GPS coordinates. Hurricane Sandy causes widespread damage. Guest House built by Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania, Ohio, opens.

  • Well-drilling effort (led by Water Missions International) attempted but unsuccessful. Vaccination campaigns begun. Dr. Ben hosts Miss World Organization and Variety International to a visit in Pestel, Haiti.