Rich & Lisa Harris live in Denver, Colorado and own The Harris Law Firm. They have nine children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti. They have dedicated their lives to children’s causes.
After visiting Port-au-Prince in July of 2009, they were struck by the magnitude of the needs of the people of Haiti, especially the children. They immediately immersed themselves in the history, culture, and poverty of Haiti. They began to meet other Americans and Haitians who were already doing wonderful work in Haiti and decided to build an organization that would team with, support and grow with leaders of communities. Rich and Lisa strongly believe that this is a pivotal moment in the history of Haiti - one of promise and hope and, that by teaming together with others, we can truly make a difference in our neighbor just south of Miami.
The history of Haiti is a tapestry of well-intentioned projects, military interventions, humanitarian efforts and religious missions. Some of these have seen remarkable success. Some have left the Republic of Haiti weaker for their efforts.
We at The Road To Hope recognize that, in order to make a lasting improvement in the lives of those in need, our commitment must be tremendous and we must involve the Haitians themselves in every phase of planning and implementation. Our efforts to lift up these children must include a true partnership with local leadership. It is through the intimate participation of local clergy, teachers, medical personnel and engineers that we can best help Haitian families.
We are actively seeking partnerships with individuals and organizations that are making a long term commitment to Haiti in one or more of the following areas: education and training; both acute and preventative medical care; nutritional support; creation of safe and affordable housing; and self-sustaining alternative energy sources. Our particular emphasis is to address the needs of Haitian children, including orphaned children.
The Road To Hope was created before the devastating earthquake of 2009 and it is our intention to be working in Haiti long after the rubble is cleared. Our promise to the people of Haiti is that we will be working with them for years to come as partners in the rebuilding, in fact, re-inventing of Haiti.