Haitian Episcopal Learning Programs (HELP)
807 69th Terrace
Kansas City MO 64113
Lunch time at Holy Cross School
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 769-3246
Mission Statement
The mission of H.E.L.P. is to foster and support partnerships that support the education and health of our brothers and sisters in southern Haiti while nurturing learning and spiritual development among all partners.
CEO/Executive Director Easom Bond
Board Chair Mr. Easom Bond
Board Chair Company Affiliation St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Thank you for supporting H.E.L.P.
Donations may be sent to:
     Easom Bond, President H.E.L.P.
     3941 Holmes St.
     Kansas City, MO  64110
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of H.E.L.P. is to foster and support partnerships that support the education and health of our brothers and sisters in southern Haiti while nurturing learning and spiritual development among all partners.
Background Statement
In 1989, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Rev. Lozama, visited Kansas City and asked for help to support several schools in southern Haiti. Several Episcopal congregations answered the call and either adopted an existing school or established a new school. In a partnership with local priests and community leaders, these schools were established and support began to grow in the belief that the development of Haiti begins with the education of its children. 
H.E.L.P. was established as a coordinating body for the different congregations, to compare notes, success stories, and learn from each other. Although each congregation is autonomous in their partnership with a school in southern Haiti, H.E.L.P. became a means to cooperate and coordinate in a concerted effort to raise the standards of education. Furthermore, resources could be shared for periodic medical missions and H.E.L.P. became a central body for financial transactions and communications. 
H.E.L.P. consists of 9 U.S. partners from Western Missouri, Eastern Kansas, South Carolina, and Texas, all supporting and visiting 7 school missions.
Impact Statement
  1. Recovery and repair of school facilities following Hurricane Matthew.
  2. Continuation of financial and relational support for our partners and schools through the political turmoil in Haiti.
  1. Establishment of support for a Food Program at every school in our partnership.
  2. Provision for sanitary latrines at each of our schools.
  3. Continuing support for teacher’s seminars for all levels of classes.
  4. Expansion of education to the P12 level from the existing P6 levels.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial support for a food program at each of our schools.
  2. Financial support for sanitary latrines at each of our schools.
  3. Financial support for salaries to expand to the P12 grade level from the existing P6 level.
  4. Financial support for additional construction of classrooms to expand from the existing P6 to the P12 level.
  5. Financial support for teachers, both existing and for the expanded grade levels.
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative Southern Haiti, centered around Les Cayes and Torbeck
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Educating the children of Haiti through the years has proven very rewarding in the face of disheartening challenges. Whether it’s the political upheaval or a recent earthquake and hurricane, the country of Haiti suffers from intolerable poverty and a lack of basic resources, but the people continue to believe in their future with a pride that I have not seen elsewhere. 
Each of our schools supports a professional staff of teachers and administrators and has committed to provide the students with enough supplies for a successful experience through the 6th grade, and now expanding to 12th grade. But such basic necessities, like clean water, hygiene, and adequate food, underlie all of our challenges and strain our limited resources of support. 
The greatest reward has been to see the early generations of our schools grow up to become contributing citizens that give back to our schools, even sending their own children to continue their education. It is this hope that drives our missions that a new Haiti can be built one student at a time.
Description Our primary program is Education. With (9) partners in the U.S., we support (8) schools in Southern Haiti.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served International
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Each of our schools provides an education through the 6th grade. Currently, however, the government of Haiti is changing the educational system to require primary education to go through the 9th grade. In the short term, our partners are working to support a full education through the 9th grade. This will mean expanding the staff, the facilities, school supplies, food programs, water programs, and hygiene.
Long-Term Success Our hope is that each of our students will grow up to contribute to making a better country for the people of Haiti. We believe the future lies with a country’s children, and the only hope for a better future is a good education. Ultimately, they will begin to provide for themselves and will no longer need our help.
Program Success Monitored By
The final measurement of educational success is based on Haiti’s national educational test. With our partners’ commitment, in the recent years, our students have been among the higher scoring students in the area. And, in fact, the National Education Minister has taken notice of our schools and the training that our partners bring to our teachers.
Continued success in our efforts to provide a quality education is also monitored by frequent visits to our mission schools by the contributing partners. Not only test measurements indicate success, but the growing and continuing relationships that our partners build with our Haitian partners strengthens the commitment to a quality education in Haiti.
Examples of Program Success
The stories of the success of our schools often come in the stories that are shared over a quiet meal on our visits to Haiti. Parents will thank us for providing a healthy lunch for their children during the school day. Often this lunch will be the only meal for that child in a day. A student will catch up with us in later years to let us know that she is graduating high school and getting ready to go to university. A grown man will continue to visit the school and his family in the countryside and lend his engineering education to build new classrooms and dig a new water well.
Together, these personal stories are testimonies to the contributions each of our students make to their community, giving a hope of a better future unfolding in the face of adversity.
Description All of our partners realize the importance of good nutrition to ensure success in school. Some of our partners are able to provide a small lunch, but not all of our schools can support this. This is our next challenge.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served International
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The first sign of a successful nutrition program has come from the anecdotal stories of students who pay better attention in class. The teachers report that the students are more engaged and want to know more. Eventually, a good nutrition program attracts more families and students and fosters a better sense of community.
Long-Term Success
Again, the long term success of a good nutrition program will be successful education of our students and their contributions to their community.
Program Success Monitored By We believe the nutrition program is successful because our teachers and the parents tell us the difference it makes in a student’s day.
Examples of Program Success Ironically, the measure of a successful nutrition program comes from the results of periods without it. The students don’t pay attention as well. Absenteeism grows. A sense of apathy arises in both the students and the parents. And, consequently, grades drop, tests are failed, and teachers leave. A small lunch, each day, can make a great difference.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Easom Bond
Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Total Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Kathy Shaffer
Term Start Feb 2016
E-mail Kathy.Shaffer@me.com
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 12
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Easom Bond
Company Affiliation St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Term Jan 2013 to
Email easomjbond3@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Kathy Shaffer
Company Affiliation St. Andrew's Epsicopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Term Feb 2016 to
Email Kathy.Shaffer@me.com
Board Members
Ms. Ellen AisenbreySt. Paul's Episcopal Church
Mr. Easom BondSt. Paul's Episcopal Church
Mr. Jim GrantSt. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
Ms. Jennifer LowrySt. Paul's Episcopal Church, Leavenworth, KS
Kent Maughan
Ms. Susan MeederChrist Church Anglican
Ms. Kathy PieronnetChurch of the Redeemer
Ms. Joyce PipkinEducation Equals Hope
Ms. Kathy ShafferSt. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Mr. Matt TidwellSt. Michael's & All Angels
Ms. Lisa Welker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$283,562$395,337$314,053
Administration Expense$1,464$12,934$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.010.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%97%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$122,429$43,642$37,725
Current Assets$122,429$43,642$37,725
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$122,429$43,642$37,725
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Haitian Episcopal Learning Programs (HELP)
Address 807 69th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 769-3246
Contact Email easomjbond3@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Easom Bond
Board Chair Mr. Easom Bond
Board Chair Company Affiliation St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Year of Incorporation 1989