About Us

History of the Caneille Regional Development Fund
The Caneille Regional Development Fund is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which was originally created as part of a senior thesis project at Valley New School in Appleton, Wisconsin. CRDF Founder, Oliver Zornow, saw the need for developmental assistance in the region during a visit to Haiti in February 2006. After this life-changing experience, Oliver sought assistance from classmates, advisors, and families to help address the needs he witnessed.

After substantial research into the problems of poverty in Haiti, Oliver concluded that the key to escaping poverty in Haiti lies in education. First operating under the umbrella of Valley New School, the Caneille Regional Development Fund became an independent, recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2009.

Since its inception, the fund has since raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund efforts to help the people of Caneille. 100% of the money raised is put directly to work to help meet our mission of creating opportunity in this rural region through education while minimal operating costs are covered by outside donations made specifically for those purposes.

In 2010, our work was recognized with a Giraffe Hero Commendation, given to people who stick their necks out
for the common good.

Lekol de la Grace de Caneille (The School of Grace of Caneille)
Working in collaboration with a pastor and his wife who live and work in Caneille, CRDF was able to found Lekol de la Grace de Caneille in September 2006 – just 6 months after CRDF was created. This primary school welcomed over 120 students in Grades 1-3 to receive tuition-free education; many for the first time in their lives.

Lekol de la Grace continued to grow, with the addition of an additional grade-level each year. In 2009, we graduated our first group of sixth-graders and sent them to take the national primary-school exam. Thanks to our dedicated teaching staff and commitment to excellence, 100% of our students passed this crucial exam. Each year, we continue to graduate students to this exam and maintain a reputation in the broader region for excellence in education.

In 2010, following the earthquake that devastated the capital and the countryside, our partnership welcomed support from Promise Child, a child-sponsorship organization operated out of California, to help ensure to continued operation of our school feeding scheme as well as cover uniform and text-book costs for our students.
Working together with our partners, we continue to work to create opportunity through education in the most basic way in this impoverished Haitian community.

The daily operations of the school are supported primarily by our CORE Support Team – individuals who commit to a 12-month subscription of support of $30/month. If you are looking for a way to make your donation dollars make an immediate impact, consider joining the team today!

Secondary Projects
Being a small and flexible organization has been the key to our success with secondary projects. Our structure allows us to be able to identify and respond quickly to needs in the community and school. Over the years, examples of these smaller projects include:

  • Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Community Seed Distributions
  • School Feeding Program
  • Increased Access to Routine Medical Care
  • Adults Education
  • Vocational Workshops
  • Campus Infrastructure Development

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we continue to seek out ways to fulfill our charitable purpose and help the children and families in Caneille continue the climb out of absolute poverty. If you are looking for a way to contribute, please consider making a donation today.