Libraries Placed
Decrease In Iodine Deficiency
Jobs Created

Kwasans is a Creole word meaning ‘growth’. At the Kwasans Foundation we are passionate about seeing growth in every facet of Haitian livelihood. By taking a holistic and sustainable approach to development, including nutrition and social enterprise initiatives, we are ultimately empowering Haitians Helping Haitians.

Nutrition & Education

Working to improve the cognitive development of Haitian school children through extensive nutrient testing, ultimately striving to eradicate LF & Iodine Deficiency Disorders.





Social Enterprise

Haitian Salt Project

Kwasans is working with existing Haitian organizations, focusing on equipping Haitians with the resources needed to support and bolster their existing capabilities.




Our Lady's Partners

At Kwasans we recognize the importance of bringing together different entities to create the most sustainable success. Through our triad, which we call “Our Lady’s Partnership”, consisting of the University of Notre Dame – Global Center for Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC) and the University of Notre Dame Haiti – Hinche, we ______. We carry this same spirit through all our initiatives, collaborating with other foundations and partners, including Dr. Jessica Farebrother at ZTH Zürich (Switzerland), the Kellogg Foundation, and the Gates Foundation.

Kwasans has formed with the University of Notre Dame South Bend and the University of Notre Dame Haiti – Hinche along with the University of Zurich ZTH. 

Meet Our Partners:

Dr. Jessica Rigutto Farebrother

Dr. Jessica Rigutto-Farebrother
MPharm MPH Dr. sc. ETH Zurich

Dr. Rigutto-Farebrother serves as a Scientist & Lecturer, Laboratory for Nutrition and Metabolic Epigenetics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland as well as Visiting Scientist, Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child, University of Notre Dame, IN and is a Registered Nutritionist with the British Association of Nutritional Medicine and Lifestyle Therapy. Jessica’s research interests lie in improving micronutrient nutrition, with a particular focus on iodine, iron, and thyroid health through the life cycle. She has numerous publications in the scientific press, and works closely with WHO, UNICEF and other international organizations to provide government-level advice on iodine policy globally.  
Father Jean

Jean Herald, Ph. D,
Diocese of Hinche

To have the possibility of putting
my whole being: my faith, my knowledge, my experiences, and my abilities at the
service of the others whoever I am.

As a Catholic Priest, Father Herald serves as Vicar at the Parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal of Hinche, is National Director of the Episcopal Health Commission, Diocesan chaplain of the Eucharistic Youth Movement and Diocesan of the Diocesan Health Commission as well as Chaplain of Sainte Thérèse de Hinche Hospital. Father Herald is fluent in Creole, French, Italian, English and understands Spanish as well.

Fr. Thomas Streit, CSC

Bio Coming Soon


With your support, our high-impact initiatives will continue enriching the soil. Planting seeds. Empowering Haitians helping Haitians.

Haiti has had its challenges. Yes, a vast understatement. Haiti has potential. Also a vast understatement!

Kwasans cannot continue its work to help empower Haitians helping Haitians without the generous support of caring people just like you. Please help revitalize this beautiful country and its resourceful and amazing people by donating to the cause today.

We are proud of Kwasans’ long term association with University of Notre Dame Haiti. Supporting existing Haitian institutions is central to our mission. We feel that Haitians are best able to help their countrymen and women.

Kwasans Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. With an overhead of zero, 100% of your donations go to the Haitian people.

In Memory of Clarence "Earl" Carter

Earl was personally and passionately committed to helping the people of Haiti through the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis and the prevention of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. His selfless and unsung efforts, ministering with the Congregation of The Holy Cross in Christ’s name, impacted the lives of millions and the course of a nation.

Hear him share about Bon Sel Dayiti, a salt factory that we support in Haiti in this video (starting at 01:41).

For more information on how you can contribute to Earl’s memory, please click here