Special Events


Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2020

Please join us for our 3rd annual Giving Tuesday party.  In order to be safe, we are hosting 4 mini-gatherings around Indianapolis, instead of one big bash.  See times and locations below.  Pick one location and come by to say hello, make a donation, and receive a special gift.  Not keen on leaving the house?  That's okay, we gotcha covered!  joint us on Facebook Live throughout the day.   The line-up of quest appearances coming soon.

When you Give to Zanmi Fondwa you are providing jobs to Haitian families.  Our goals is to build 40 houses in 3 years.  After two years we have completed 26 homes and are on pace to achieve our goal.  Each person who gives is not only helping the family receiving the home, they help the over 65 families who now receive a steady income working for Zanmi Fondwa.  Please come to our future events and help us continue to impact the community of Fondwa.

Can't make it?  You can  give here and help us reach our goal to build 40 houses in 3 years. 


Travel to Fondwa, Haiti

Fondwa is a very safe community and families should feel comfortable traveling together. Trips focus on relational experiences. Each day we begin with coffee at a neighbor’s house to learn more about their life before we head to our work site.

Trips can be catered to the groups’ gifts and needs. Construction projects are led by our Haitian construction teams and Zanmi Fondwa groups assist as needed.  There are opportunities to mentor children at the Fatima Orphanage providing craft projects, games and love and nurture. For groups who focus on environmental causes, you may desire to work with the Fondwa reforestation team.  

There are many options and we are happy to design a trip that will fit your team.

  • The cost of a trip is $900 plus airfare (per individual).
  • Cost includes housing, meals, insurance, transportation, translators, cultural activities, work materials, and a beach trip. 
  • We do allow high school students to travel as a group.
  • Anyone younger than 9th grade will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Upcoming Trips


Due to COVID19 our trips in 2020 have been cancelled.  We hope to resume trips in 2021.

  • March 27 - April 3, 2021 - Holy Week Trip
  • June 5 - 12, 2021
  • July 10 - 17, 2021
  • September 4 - 11, 2021

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about joining or planning a trip to Fondwa, Haiti, please contact Deb Rigney at info@zanmifondwa.com.

"The people of Fondwa taught me by example what true selflessness looks like."

“Fondwa’s poverty looks different than what we might see in Indiana. Haiti’s needs are overwhelming and sobering--humbling in a way that is difficult to understand until experiencing it yourself. Ten people living in a lopsided house held up by poles, no running water, toilets or showers; recognizing someone not just by their face but an outfit that’s not been changed for days: after my first trip to Fondwa, viewing my home and possessions in the same way was impossible.

The blurred line of what I need and what I want suddenly came into focus. I’ve seen the hardship of poverty, but I’ve also learned something about kindness. The people of Fondwa taught me by example what true selflessness looks like.

During my first trip to Haiti, we brought candy for the children at the orphanage. Whenever we handed a child a treat, he would run back, bite the candy in half, and give the rest to someone who had nothing. Some mornings the neighbors would invite us to their homes where they would make and serve us coffee.

The people of Fondwa made each other and us feel cared for and safe. The ways in which they tend to one another made as big an impression on me as their economic needs.”

Eleanor Riddell, High School Senior

Zanmi Fondwa

P.O. Box 113
Zionsville, IN 46077
(765) 561-4784