"In some things I don't know God's will, but I know Pestel should have clean water. I know the children should have food. I know they should have an education."

-Ben Fredrick, President, Thriving Villages International

Thriving Villages works in Pestel, a remote section of Haiti that is poor even by Haitian standards. Pestel is hard to get to, so few organizations go there. It’s as simple and as hard as that. Some 240 villages and 60,000 people live in Pestel. We work with village leaders and medical providers so communities can prosper through their own labors.

In this setting, even small gains can be life-changing.

Thriving Villages is uniquely positioned to do campaigns requiring regular, face-to-face contact because of our network of 19 local health care workers who travel to 240 remote villages in Pestel’s six sections. This is a fundamental operating principle: rather than set up a clinic and have people walk to a central location, our workers go out to the villages and meet the children. They’re trained to detect signs of malnutrition and anemia. They give vaccinations. With funding, they could give life-saving nutrition packets and expand the vaccination campaigns.

Another valuable outcome of hiring local health workers is to create much-needed jobs and pump money into the local economy. Sanon Fleury, a health worker on the island of Grand Cayemite, proudly showed us the small house he had built by saving his salary from Thriving Villages. That’s exactly the double-benefit we hope to foster and expand in the near future with your help.

Pestel is among the poorest places on earth. The average income is less than $1 per day, which is below the World Bank's definition of absolute poverty (at $1.25 per day). Your donation goes right to the source of the poverty. Rarely can you be so sure that a few dollars will save lives.

Here’s a brief description of our current campaigns.

Anemia Treatment with Iron Pills

Our health workers are trained to give three essential vaccinations.  Because of the network of local health care workers, we are uniquely positioned to expand this program.


We’re working with groups to provide clean collection cisterns and to drill ten wells in the area.  Currently, people in Pestel collect water in unclean cisterns during the wet season, and are forced to walk several hours for water in the dry season.

Early Cholera and Malnutrition Detection

Because workers were able to identify an early cholera outbreak in the village of Tozia, a health care team acted quickly to limit exposure and spread.  They also identified about 400 cases of severe malnutrition.

Deworming drug Albendazole

About 70 percent of children have intestinal worms, which can consume up to one-quarter of the child’s nutritional intake.  By destroying the worms, we immediately improve a child’s nutrition by 25 percent!


Our health workers are trained to give three essential vaccinations. Because of the network of local health care worker, we are uniquely positioned to expand this program.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A supplementation has been shown to be extremely effective in Pestel, reducing childhood deaths by 25 percent while eliminating visual impairments such as corneal scarring.


This is an area ripe for expansion.  The principal of St. Claire d’Assiz school told us only three of his six teachers received a small salary: “The teachers consider themselves to be doing a service to the community.  Still, they need a small salary to survive.”