Despite NPH’s commitment to positive change, 2021 brought no shortage of obstacles . Beset by a devastating global pandemic, evolving trends in donations , and a natural disaster, the organization fought to deal with a confluence of events.
On 14 August, the southwest part of Haiti was struck by what amounted to the deadliest natural disaster of the year. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the Nippe mountains, causing severe damage to infrastructure, resources, and precious human life in surrounding areas. Incurring over 14,000 casualties (over 2,200 deaths), and having thousands of homes destroyed, Haiti found itself with a new humanitarian crisis.
Aiming to support victims of the disaster, NPH sought to provide relief by donating over $600,000 in aid, and building 150 shelters for those whose dwellings were destroyed. The precarity of the French-Speaking nation demands immediate and ongoing help; something to which NPH will continue to be committed.
In the other countries where NPH resides, the psychological and economic impact of the pandemic was still poignantly felt.
Fighting against these setbacks, NPH never failed to honor its fundamental values of Christian: faith, work and responsibility. Throughout the whole year, staff around the world worked ceaselessly to endure the pressing circumstances they were facing. Living up to the words of Samuel “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light” (22:29), NPH strives to bring light to those who need it most.
The upshot was a resilient response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the successful delivery of financial and medical aid to victims in Haiti. This was followed by the elaboration of a 5-year Strategic Plan (2021-2026), which aims to reshape the organization’s future by tackling seven key areas of focus. The ambitious plan- which is based on an evaluation of over 500 performance metrics -sets NPH’s sight on a bright new horizon. With faith and hard work, NPH will continue to leave its footprints on the blessed path of love, and its mark on the hearts of many.