is a  501 (c) 3 non-profit  organization founded in  November
   1986 by a  group of  Haitians in New Orleans, Louisiana,  who
   pooled their professional, intellectual, economic and cultural
   resources in order to:

Promote the welfare of Haitians by contributing to and / or instituting
humanitarian programs (health, education, culture, development, etc)
in Haiti and in Louisiana

Share the Haitian cultural heritage with Louisiana by participating in
local cultural traditions and / or by creating our own  cultural events
such as art exhibits, theatre, documentary films, radio and television
programs and celebrations of our historical dates

For too long, deplorable statistics have stigmatized the first independent
Black Republic without any substantial improvement. In the Western
Hemisphere, Haiti still has

  •        lowest income per capita ($240)
  •        The highest illiteracy rate (76%)
  •        The highest infant mortality (130/1000 live births)
  •        60% have no access to health care & a life expectancy of 48 years

We  never fantasized about solving all the problems but  we have set reasonable goals which have been
expanded over the  years as we met  more and more  success,  enjoyed the support  of  more people from
Haitian  as  well as American  communities and  more sister organizations and  foundations  moved by  the
same   ideals  of   making   the  world  a  better  place where all can share resources and  cultural diversity
Since its founding, AHDH has enjoyed the help of more than 226
volunteers and that number increases each medical mission.

We remain very excited about A.H.D.H’s current impact on the Haitian
community in Louisiana and in Haiti, and our potential to make a significant
improvement on those negative statistics.

We welcome suggestions, new members and volunteers. You will enjoy
cultural exchanges, educational activities and the opportunity to go on
mission with AHDH while contributing to a great humanitarian cause.

Executive Committee:

Yvelyne Germain McCarthy, PhD,

Jacqueline Simon

Charles Rene, M.D.

Elsie Bouchette,

Past Presidents:
Ludner Confident, M.D.
Farere Dyer, M.D.
Charles Rene, M.D.   
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“Haitian Association for Human Development, Inc”
AHDH  P.O. Box 2883, La Place, LA 70069
Exec Comm 2011
We know this reality can change if enough concerned individuals are involved.
A.H.D.H. was founded precisely to provide that avenue.
Volunteers & CODEVA Members
June 2006   
Past President:s
On the health front, we organize health fairs in New Orleans, and channel our fellows in need through the US health care system.
In Haiti, since the late 80s, we joined forces with a very well structured Haitian
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO),
CODEVA (Coude-a-Coude pour le
Dévelopement Valleen), and with its U.S. based sister organization,
Fraternite Valleenne.
From June of 1977 to July of 1980  
CODEVA engineers and the people of
LaVallee built St. Joseph Dispensary
Hospital, which is community owned
and operated.
One of the goals of AHDH and CODEVA is the modernization and
expansion of St. Joseph's into a Medical Center to serve the more   
than 40,000 inhabitants of the county of LaVallee which it serves.

Our medical mission in Haiti is today expanding by leaps and bounds.
The importance of St. Joseph Hospital and its staff and volunteers to  
the people of LaVallee has increased tremendously since the
earthquake in January 2010 and Cholera in the Fall.

With the "repatriation" of Valleens from Port-Au-Prince seeking
medical care in a more structured hospital environment, St. Joseph is
on its way to Medical Center status, and we must be prepared.
We welcome donation of new or used medical equipment for Labor &
Delivery, Operating Room, Outpatient Clinic, Laboratory, imaging systems
and medicines.

Through generous donations we have shipped each year in recent times,
a container of equipment and supplies, for which we are most grateful.
AHDH sponsors Elementary Education in the Port au Prince area
(Petits Freres de Ste. Terese)  and English Language for High School  
students in La Vallee, Haiti.

AHDH  sponsors a work study program for  Nurse Aide students in
La Vallee. Numerous small donations have made a world of difference
helping these students continue their education. They are the future
of health care for thousands of Haitians in the communities they serve.

Ultrasound is the first imaging technology to be taught at St. Joseph
Hospital. Ultrasound is vital to developing an Obstetric service in this
area of Haiti and to reducing fetal and maternal mortality.
English in High School
La Vallee, Haiti
Petits Freres de Ste Therese
Education In Port au Prince, Haiti
Nurse Aide Class 2008
La Vallee, Haiti
Ultrasound Students
La Vallee, Haiti
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Flag day on May 18th, is celebrated with mass, Haitian artists, and
Haitian American scholars speak on the extraordinary Haiti-Louisiana
connection like Haiti's contribution to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
On the cultural front, in Louisiana AHDH commemorates most
of the important Haitian historic dates and holidays.

We celebrate Haitian Independence Day each January first
and our bicentennial anniversary was on January 1, 2004.
Bois-Caiman Bicentennial Celebration
Cultural Fair for Children
New Orleans
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Volunteers & Equipment Container
La Vallee, Haiti
 Do all the good you can
Every way you can
Until you cannot anymore
For as many people as you can
Everywhere you can
Every time you can
CODEVA's Founding Philosophy