Konbit Sante actually began in April 2000 as the Greater Portland International Health Initiative (GPIHI). The original organizers consisted of Portland-area health care professionals, business people, and others, many of whom had previously been involved in international programs in less developed parts of the world. Since then, many things have changed, but the importance of Greater Portland as our home base has remained.
The Organizational Engine
Our volunteers work hard at home as well as in Haiti. In fact, their time in Haiti represents the smallest part of their contribution. While in Maine they are busy participating in planning sessions, analyzing data, searching for resources, assisting staff, and recruiting additional support. Other volunteers who are either not a match for the skills needed in Haiti or cannot travel for whatever reason are able to pitch in by helping in the office or the warehouse or by organizing fundraisers and events.
From ME to Haiti
We certainly invite individuals and organizations anywhere in the world to get involved in supporting our work, but no matter how global we become, it is impossible to deny the importance of our Maine roots.