A Community Leadership & Development Center in Haiti

About the Project

Roots of Development is helping its partner in Haiti, Rasin Devlopman, build a permanent community leadership and development center on the island of La Gonave.

The center will provide the island’s population (approx. 85,000 residents) with a meeting and training facility where local authorities can strengthen their management and leadership skills and communities can come together to plan and organize sustainable projects that improve quality of life on the island.

The Problem

Haiti continues to face tremendous challenges that prevent its population from accessing basic services and meeting development goals.

Local authorities receive very little support from the central government. And even in a country full of charities and NGOs, there are very few present on the island. Educational opportunities on La Gonave end after high school, and many are forced to quit before that to help their families economically. La Gonave is so isolated and ignored that it is almost entirely up to the local population to address their development issues and improve quality of life on the island.

The Solution

Strong local leaders implementing local solutions is the most sustainable approach to addressing poverty and developing La Gonave long-term.

To do that, local leaders need access to capacity-building tools and resources. They need to be able to strengthen their leadership and management skills and they need a place to plan and organize. This project will provide local authorities and communities from across the island with a training facility and meeting space, to learn, organize, and implement community-led initiatives that improve quality of life on La Gonave. The facility will be a hub of community-led initiatives and help produce and strengthen leaders for generations to come.

A permanent resource for La Gonave

A useful resources for generations to come.

Owned and operated by Rasin Devlopman

Today’s youth need a helpful hand and right guidance at every stage. Here’s where we take care of them like our own.

A symbol of local leadership and change for the island.

We run small-scale schools for the underprivileged children and youth of daily wage workers for a better future.

A hub of community-led activities

A teaching, meeting, and project implementation space.

Project Phases

Our numbers
that speak

We have numbers that push us to give in our best and make sure that we break our own records. We are happy to be growing and helping more day by day.


Members Worldwide


Funds Raised


Children Helped


Food Provided


Help us fight for a development that is more

sustainable and respectful.

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