last week we mailed checks for around $550k to fatem.org and fonkoze.org. we were proud to see so many of our farmville players participate in this program which has raised over $700k to date.
following is more info on the programs zynga and farmville players are supporting. this was prepared and executed by my amazing sister, laura hartman, who is a professor of business ethics at depaul university in chicago and has also been acting director of zynga's non profit efforts.
Where our contribution will go and how it will be used
a population of just over ten million people, Haiti is the poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere and the 7th poorest in the world.
Fifty-four percent of its people live on less than one dollar a day;
80% live on less than two dollars. Zynga's mission of connecting the
world through games is enhanced by our opportunity to support the
health and education of these children and their families.
unemployment in Haiti is so high (estimated at 30-50%), micro-loans
such as those provided by one of our recipient organizations, Fonkoze, become critical to survival.
The above photos were taken by Professor Laura Hartman, Zynga's
Director of Social Strategy, during her recent visit in Haiti to our
recipient organizations. The women are borrowers who will benefit from
FarmVille farmers' and Zynga's contributions through a goat, a chicken
or a small loan; and, their children will have a more financially
Most Haitians do not have adequate housing, nor proper sanitary
conditions. Migration to the major cities has compounded the urban
housing problem. Natural disasters, including cyclones, floods,
droughts, and earthquakes, have had serious effects on the housing
situation, as well. The photos below were taken during Prof. Hartman's
visit to these Fonkoze borrowers, as well.
and Zynga's contributions will assist the children and their families
be more effectively prepared for the housing challenges they face.
Less than half the country's school-age children attend primary school.
On the other hand, it takes only 5 years of schooling to become
reasonably literate; that is, to be able to read and understand basic
instructions and thereby become more effective within society. With the
help of FarmVille Farmers' and Zynga's contributions, Haiti can begin
to wipe out illiteracy. Below are photographs of some of the schools
supported by FATEM, one of Zynga's recipient organizations.
Additional Information about the Sweet Seeds for Change: Haiti Campaign
FATEM is a non-profit organization based in Mirebalais, Haiti, and
originally organized to bring information technology to the people in
the region, thus helping with the economic advancement of the area.
More recently, however, FATEM recognized the need for a sustainable
means by which to support the general education of Haitian children and
to ensure that these children have the necessary meals that will permit
their young bodies and brains to learn and grow.
FONKOZE, based in Port-au-Prince, is an alternative bank for the poor.
It is Haiti's largest micro-finance institution and is committed to the
economic and social improvement of the people and communities of Haiti
and to the reduction of poverty in the country.