WHY?

In a new society, individuals should have the opportunity to be complete human beings, women as well as men, youth as well as old people, the lame as well as the healthy. People should have the opportunity to be what they want to be and not what others would impose on them. One should be able to realize and express one’s full potential and not only one’s social condition. This is fundamentally the basis of the new society. ~Madame Myriam Merlet, ‘The More People Dream’

WE ASPIRE…

Mizak is a SAFE and HEALTHY rural community with a ROBUST ECONOMY that is SELF-SUSTAINING and where GENDER EQUALITY  and the empowerment of HUMAN POTENTIAL creates opportunity for all persons to THRIVE.

WE DO…

The mission of HAPI is to EMPOWER WOMEN and EQUIP LOCAL LEADERSHIP to promote and protect the HEALTH, ECONOMIC and SOCIAL well-being of ‘Mizakians’.

What’s the HAPI difference?

Empowerment of WOMEN

SOLIDARITY with and ACCOMPANIMENT of ONE COMMUNITY in a COVENANT relationship

Equipping LOCAL LEADERSHIP

SHARED OWNERSHIP toward SELF-SUSTAINABILITY

What’s our ‘BHAG’? (Big, Hairy Audacious Goals!)

  1. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  2. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  3. Promote sustainable economic growth with productive and decent work for all
  4. Eradicate extreme poverty and reduce all poverty levels

What’s our game plan?

-50% or greater female staff in professional or administrative positions
-Reduction of maternal, newborn mortality and prevention of early childhood death through MNCH (Maternal, newborn and child health services)
-Reproductive health counseling and access to contraception
-Education on services available for violence against women
-Skilled training for young adults
-Integration of and education on computer technology
-Job creation at above minimum wage
-Local and affordable access to basic health and dental services
-Home nursing care visits to disabled persons
-Safe space for children to play and community gatherings
-Collaborative community relationships with local stakeholders

Comments? Questions?

HAPI
valeriemcelestin@gmail.com
616.446.9558 (c)
PO Box 68227

Grand Rapids, MI 49516-8227