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Vassar Haiti Project Earthquake relief efforts for the people of Chermaitre, Haiti and surrounding communities:

A deadly earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit northern Haiti Saturday night, less than 30 miles from Chermaitre and the other communities with which we partner. Relief efforts and funding for such emergencies generally miss remote communities such as Chermaitre.

According to our sources in Haiti, this earthquake has cast widespread destruction throughout the region, including:

  • Damage to many homes

  • Destabilized school buildings

  • Imminent storms threatening broken structures

  • Many injuries

We urgently need extra resources for the recovery effort!  Any amount is appreciated; with even a $10 contribution, YOU make a difference.

We are seeking to raise funds to repair the many homes and school building in Chermaitre that have been affected so that families can be safe in their homes and students can continue attending school.

Our 18 years of experience in Haiti ensures that your donation will go DIRECTLY to aid the people in this region and is 100% tax deductible.

Or you can make a check payable to:

Vassar Haiti Project

124 Raymond Avenue, Box 594

Poughkeepsie, NY 12604  

For checks, please write, “10/2018 earthquake” into the memo section.


Lila and Andrew Meade (and the entire VHP family)


Vassar Haiti Project


The Vassar Haiti Project is committed to the sustainable development of Chermaitre, Haiti.


Who We Are

The Vassar Haiti Project is a collaborative, all-volunteer 501(c)3 supporting the welfare of artists and artisans in Haiti, and sustainable development in Chermaitre. The Vassar Haiti Project functions through the auction and sale of Haitian art and handcrafts. Our contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, water purification and women's leadership. We invite you to learn more about the Vassar Haiti Project. Welcome to the family!


Our Mission

Founded in 2001, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) engages students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, promotes Haitian art and fosters sustainable development in Haiti. In addition to the purchase and sale of original Haitian art, VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives in the mountain village of Chermaitre.


Global Citizenship


Sustainable Development

With a strong educational component, we are dedicated both to raising awareness of Haitian culture and society in the US and elsewhere, and to providing a hands-on, practical education in global citizenship. Through art auctions and sales, we directly support the welfare of hundreds of Haitian artists and artisans. These art sales in turn provide means of support for funding education, healthcare, water access and purification, reforestation, and women’s initiatives in Chermaitre, a mountain village in the Northwest department of Haiti.

Buy Artwork

The Vassar Haiti Project promotes Haitian art and artists. Through decade-long relationships with Haitian art galleries and artists, Vassar Haiti Project serves as a ‘conduit’ for Haitian art to reach art markets in the United States. Over the last sixteen years, the Project has proven to be a steady customer, often in times of socioeconomic disturbance, ensuring patronage for our artists and galleries in Haiti.


All purchases are 50% tax deductible

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