The Camp Hispaniola Story​​


The Inspiration

Growing up in Haiti, Marc-Yves Regis never had the opportunity to attend summer camp. He knows how  boring it is for children to spend summer vacation hanging around with  nothing to do.

The Beginning 

After  reminiscing on his childhood memories one day in 2009, Marc came up with the idea to offer summer camps for children in Haiti and the  Dominican Republic. This was a big endeavor because he stepped out of  his comfort zone to do something that he had never thought possible:  create a non-profit organization and establish Camp  Hispaniola, a place where children forget their misery and develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

The Growth

Since the beginning, the camp has grown and so has the need. More than 450  campers attend and each receives a bag filled with personal care items and a t-shirt. They are also served two hot meals a day and  participate in recreational, educational, spiritual and cultural  programs. All for about $25 per child per week! Camp  Hispaniola also sponsors an Academic Scholarship Program which helps to  give campers and counselors access to education during the school year.

The Generations

Today,  80% of the camp counselors are Camp Hispaniola alumni. These young  adults earn real money, take on responsibilities and hopefully will have  opportunities to move up in society in the future. 

Camp Hispaniola

121 Shield Street #251

West Hartford, CT 06133