• Give Hope a Chance

    Hopestart aims to be the agent of radical change in the lives of disadvantaged Haitian children so they may grow up to become leaders who make significant contributions to a better future for Haiti. We are changing the face of Haiti one child at a time.


  • Hopestart at a glance

    Focus on the Kids

    HopeStart International aims to bring hope to people living in oppressive poverty, hunger, poor health, and to those who are victims of social injustice. We truly believe that the most effective way to change the future of a people and their nation is to change the future of its children.

    Children's Home

    We provide holistic, Christ-centered, care for the orphans in our program; attending to their physical, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs. Our goal is to transform them into thriving young people who can be winsome ambassadors of Jesus to their nation. Our clean water, feeding, eco-friendly housing and education programs are changing the face of Haiti one child at a time.

    Why Haiti?

    Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Americas, and worst, the most vulnerable people in Haiti are the children and infants who are sick, malnourished, abandoned or abused. Poverty, corruption, and inadequate access to education are among Haiti's most pressing challenges. Unemployment is over 65%, and most Haitians earn less than $3 per day.

  • Our Story

    After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Hopestart founder, Fredrick Clerie felt God was calling him back to his birthplace to help make a difference in a country that was already wracked by natural and economic disasters. Fredrick Clerie was born in Jérémie, but left at the age of 17 and received a technical education in the U.S. He worked many years for pharma and biotech companies but now returns to Haiti five to six times a year to help bring about real change and "lighten the load" of his brothers and sisters.


    Hopestart International, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that I founded to help make disadvantaged Haitian children rise, thrive and become leaders who can positively impact the future of Haiti. Founded on hope and compassion and a strong commitment to building a better and self-sustaining future for the people of Haiti. The vision of our organization is simple: to break the cycles of poverty, hunger, abuse and disease that are still significant barriers for Haitian youth who want to acquire the education and skills necessary to become independent and significant contributors to a brighter, more prosperous future.