Why we are changing our name now
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation got its start when a small group of dedicated parishioners from the St. Boniface parish in Quincy, MA visited Fond des Blancs in 1983. Since then, the organization has grown from a one-room clinic to the only referral hospital in southern Haiti. Today, St. Boniface Hospital has the only functioning NICU, the only 24/7 ER, and provides the only emergency obstetrical care in a region with 2.3 million people. It employs a staff of 500 Haitian doctors, nurses, and support staff and is a model for care in a low-resource setting. We are tremendously proud of our organization’s roots and the progress we have made.
As our services have grown, so have our number of supporters, friends, and partners. A diverse and generous group of individuals and foundations from across the US support us now. We also have a small number of international donors.
Despite our growth, the name St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has caused some confusion among those who do not know our origin story. Having surveyed a sample of both current and potential partners, the Board of Directors determined a name that clearly communicated our mission and values was necessary to move the organization forward.
As Health Equity International looks to the future, it is with deep respect and gratitude for those who brought us here.
How we chose our new name and logo
We chose the name Health Equity International because it reflects our organizational growth and commitment to providing health care to all who need it.
Our rebranding process was highly collaborative and benefited greatly from the participation of our partners, Board of Directors, and staff in both Haiti and Boston. Together, our team worked to develop our new name, logo, and tagline that conveys both our mission and our values: that we provide care to all who come to our gates because all lives are of equal value.