What is Rayjon?

Rayjon Share Care of Sarnia Inc. is a registered Canadian Charitable organization with a mandate to:

a) Help Haitians living in extreme poverty in Haiti and Dominican Republic to improve the quality of their lives by partnering with them in community development
b) To raise awareness in our own communities

Where does the money go?

All receipted donations are used directly to support our development projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. These projects are managed locally, with oversight from Rayjon in Canada. Rayjon is primarily a volunteer organization. However, it does have modest administrative expenses that do not generally exceed proceeds earned from special events.

How much of the money goes to Haiti?

Rayjon is primarily a volunteer organization. However, it does have modest administrative expenses that do not generally exceed proceeds earned from special events.

How do we know the money goes to Haiti and how it is used?

  • Rayjon representatives directly oversee the work done in Haiti and the Dominican Republic by travelling to the project areas on a regular basis each year to monitor the results for beneficiaries on an ongoing basis, review financial statements, receipts and budgets as well as to engage in ongoing planning and evaluation with our partners.
  • Project Engagement trips provide an opportunity for Rayjon volunteers and other interested people to see first-hand how the money is spent and to meet staff and beneficiaries.
  • Rayjon’s philosophy is to maintain relationships with the people and the communities we have supported in the past, so we are assured that our donated dollars are accomplishing what is intended.

How much money goes towards administrative costs?

Rayjon’s administrative expenses are extremely low. As a registered charity, Rayjon is required to file its audited financial statements with the federal government and these statements, along with the financial statements of other registered charities, are available at a Canadian Government website. You can also view our financial statements here.

Why did Rayjon not receive CIDA funding? Did Rayjon do something wrong?

In 2012-2013, for the first time in about 20 years, Rayjon did not receive any money from the Canadian International Development Agency.

Over the course of the last few years, there have been significant policy changes and cutbacks at CIDA that have significantly impacted Rayjon and other organizations that engage in development activities in Haiti. Since the earthquake, Rayjon successfully partnered with Habitat for Humanity and obtained funding for a short term earthquake recovery project in Simon Pele, Port au Prince, but since then, there have been no opportunities for Rayjon or other such organizations to apply for funding for new or ongoing projects.

Rayjon continues to search for all positive partnership opportunities and should the chance arise again, in the future, to make application with CIDA, the Board of Rayjon would seriously consider that.

Why do we volunteer and support Haiti when there are many people in our own community that need help?

Most Rayjon supporters are also involved in community organizations and charitable causes that benefit the local community. We understand and regret that there are needs that exist in Canada and in our own community. However, Rayjon has recognized that the people we partner with in Haiti and Dominican Republic face extreme and widespread poverty to a degree that is not experienced in Canada. Additionally, there is no government or institutional support available to help. We have seen that every dollar donated can go far to make a difference in the lives of many people.

Are the trips to Haiti and Dominican Republic paid for by Rayjon or do trip participants pay their own way?

Some Rayjon supervisor’s trips are subsidized when they are monitoring how our partners are managing our projects. All other Rayjon trip participants pay for the total cost of their trip.

How does any merchandise get to Haiti?

Rayjon has sent some merchandise needed by our partners to Haiti or Dominican Republic in shipping containers, which has become very expensive and unreliable. Our trip participants have also taken some goods in their luggage when requested and when necessary. However, we believe it is much more effective to send funds to our partners, which will support the local economy and enable those we help in Haiti and Dominican Republic to buy what is available in their own country.

Do organizations like Rayjon make a difference in developing countries like Haiti?

Yes! We have seen great improvements in the areas where Rayjon has invested our donors’ funds. In the space available here, it is difficult to give specific examples, however we have been able to witness within the last three years how a slum neighbourhood, Simon Pele, was transformed as a result of a partnership between Rayjon and Habitat for Humanity.

In St. Marc, we have seen a team of community leaders assume responsibility for the management of their community of schools, medical clinics and women’s microcredit program although Rayjon continues to support the community financially. The holistic approach of the Malnutrition clinic in Cap-Haitien has not only helped restore malnourished children back to health, but has also provided parents with tools and training to earn an income and support themselves and their children. These are only examples.

How long will it take for Haiti to recover from the 2010 earthquake?

For the people from the devastated area it will take many years before all of their homes and lives are back to “normal”. However, much of the country is already making progress again.

What are the Haitian government and other governments doing to help?

But the progress is very gradual given the weakness of the government, the impact of the cholera problem, the widespread extent of poverty in the country and the impact of natural disasters including heavy rains and hurricanes upon the deforested geography of the country.