Our Mission

About Us

HDIThe Humpty Dumpty Institute ("Humpty Dumpty") is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to tackling difficult global and domestic issues by establishing innovative and strategic public/private partnerships that provide sensible solutions to serious problems.

Humpty Dumpty’s partners include the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, various countries, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, celebrities, other leaders, and a host of other NGOs.

Based on a philosophy of providing long-term sustainable and holistic solutions, Humpty Dumpty’s programs focus on overcoming humanitarian and development challenges. Humpty Dumpty’s past programs have removed landmines and unexploded bombs, provided food to the hungry, delivered healthcare efficiently to the sick and impoverished, provided literacy and education for women and girls, improved animal conservation efforts and expanded public and cultural diplomacy.

Many of these programs have taken on a life of their own and become institutions in their own right, such as the Congressional Advisory Board which has now resulted in over 500 visits to the United Nations by sitting members of the Congress and Senate, and the Higher Education Alliance which, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Fund, provides over 300,000 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with education on international affairs that they would have not otherwise received.

Merging and building upon the talents, skills and outreach of its many partners, Humpty Dumpty strives to "put the pieces back together" and provides resources, messaging, and outreach to improve the effectiveness of other international organizations. These resources include Humpty Dumpty’s Global Creative Forum projects such as Music Matters and The International Film Exchange, as well as cause related books with key sponsor Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Global Creative Forum itself. All of these programs engage the creative community in positive ways to promote peace and prosperity by communicating important messages through the compounding effect of entertainment. The Global Creative Forum which was attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President Bill Clinton, Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Dr. Rajendra Pachaurias well as key decision makers in Hollywood and artists including Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, Sam Jackson, and Michael and Kirk Douglas among others, resulted in the creation of the Creative Community Outreach Initiative at the UN, the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and in television programs like Law and Order SVU and Ugly Betty tackling topics like malaria, child soldiers and human trafficking.

Humpty Dumpty’s newest initiative seeks to improve child nutrition in the United States and elsewhere through "Breakfast at School", a program that provides free breakfast to school children in partnership with various state governments.

GOALS of the Humpty Dumpty Institute

The Humpty Dumpty Institute works to end childhood hunger in the United States through its Breakfast at School Program (BAS). Today, 16.1 million American children go to school hungry every day.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute engages Hollywood celebrities and other creative artists through its Global Creative Forum (GCF) and assists them in their global charitable programming.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute gives minority students and students from low income families exposure to global trends, ideas, and institutions through its Higher Education Alliance (HEA), thereby increasing their chances to obtain better and higher paying jobs after college graduation.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute assists in life-saving development work around the world by emphasizing the critical humanitarian work of United Nations to important leaders, decision-makers, institutions, and universities around the world.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute works closely with the United States Congress to expose members of Congress to global trends and ideas giving Members of Congress fresh views of the world and America’s place in it.
PETS - The Humpty Dumpty Institute works closely with organizations all around the world to provide safe homes and loving owners to at-risk cats and dogs.

Who We Are

Unique, innovative and effective international NGO focused on development work
and making the United Nations more effective.
Congressional Advisory Board of over 20 sitting Members of the U.S. Congress.
Strong Board of Directors who enjoy close ties with the United Nations and Governments
around the world.
Staff with long international professional experience at the State Department
and the United Nations.

Where We Work | Who We Work With


Here is a sample of what Humpty Dumpty Institute has accomplished:
    Why Humpty Dumpty?
  • Trained and equipped 100 UXO victims including amputees, female-headed households and ethnic minorities in Quang Tri Vietnam to grow and sell economically important mushrooms in order to improve their livelihoods.
  • Funded expert team to clear 68,200 square meters of land in Quang Tri Vietnam contaminated with cluster munitions and unexploded ordnance.
  • Fed 18,000 children in Laos for five years with daily nutritious snacks during school hours; repaired 148 schools providing them with clean water and latrines where needed; trained 540 teachers; and increased boys and girls regular school attendance in 150 communities.
  • Removed 5,000 unexploded bombs from 150 schools and village areas in Laos making the land safe for travel, learning, building and farming.
  • Improved lives of 20,000 people in Sri Lanka through mine clearance; dairy and agricultural training; medical and public health services; water supply and sanitation; and school feeding programs.
  • Upgraded 33 pre-schools, built two medical clinics, and ten model farms in Sri Lanka and used funds generated from the dairy development project to destroy 693 anti-personnel mines, 158 unexploded ordnances and 568 small arms ammunitions.
  • Improved healthcare practices; trained teachers; operated mobile medical clinics; and conducted adult literacy and other "catch up" education classes for adults in Sri Lanka.
  • Cleared landmines and unexploded bombs from over five million square meters of land in Angola, Armenia, Laos, Lebanon, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam and, as a result, made it available again for agriculture production.

To learn more, please contact Joe Merante, Executive Director at +1 212-944-7111 or Joe.Merante@thehdi.org.

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