Building the La Gonave Community Leadership & Development Center
A Hub for Community-Led Development in Haiti and around the World.
There are places like La Gonave, Haiti, around the world—forgotten pockets of peoples, where development is accepted to be practically impossible because of purportedly immutable circumstances and decades of failures. Like the people of La Gonave, these communities have been left to fend for themselves.
The Community Leadership & Development Center will become the nexus of Community-Led Development efforts around the world, where others can come together to learn and share their experiences, creating an alliance of like-minded people dedicated to Development without Dependency.
3D Model of the future La Gonave Community Leadership & Development Center
We are helping our 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 facility will also include a guesthouse and additional office space for rent, which will provide Rasin Devlopman with a sustainable source of revenue and greater financial independence.
A PERMANENT RESOURCE FOR LA GONAVE AND ITS LEADERS
The Community Leadership & Development Center will serve as a meeting, teaching, and project implementation space for decades. It will help strengthen and develop new leaders on the island for generations to come.
A SOURCE OF SUSTAINABLE REVENUE FOR RASIN DEVLOPMAN
The Community Leadership & Development Center will be owned and operated by Rasin Devlopman. It will house its headquarters and include a guesthouse and additional office space for rent, which will provide the organization with a source of revenue and greater financial independence.
A HUB FOR COMMUNITY-LED DEVELOPMENT FOR THE WORLD
The Community Leadership & Development Center will be a meeting place for community leaders from across Haiti and beyond. It will be a hub of community-led projects and a symbol of a stronger, more sustainable approach to development.
Project Budget: $1,040,186
If you give to the La Gonave Community Leadership & Development Center at the $1,000 level or more, your name will be permanently and physically recognized in the center to thank you for your generous contribution to the construction of the center. This applies to all donations made via check, transfer, our website , or our Global Giving fundraising page.
“Rasin Devlopman’s decision to build on La Gonave sends the message that it is here to stay. It is taking root on the island and will grow wings, an act that is both innovative and fundamental.”
– Daniel Elie, Architect
Learn more about the significance of the La Gonave Community Leadership & Development Center and the elements in its design from the architect, Daniel Elie of Moun Studio, in this interview:
Moun Studio is a Haitian architecture firm led by architects Daniel Élie and Philippe Châtelain. Mr. Élie is the former director of the Institute for the Safeguarding of National Heritage (ISPAN), an autonomous body of the Haitian Ministry of Culture responsible for the conservation of monuments and historical sites. Together, Mr. Élie and Mr. Châtelain have collaborated on a number of high-profile restoration and conservation works in Haiti, including the the Citadelle Henri Christophe in Cap-Haitien. The attraction of a well-known Haitian architect with deep ties to Haiti’s history and culture to the island is a testament to the significance of the Leadership Center to both La Gonave and Haiti.
“The project will rely not only on the physical resources of La Gonave but also on its human resources. As a result, everyone will be tied to the project, something which will have an extremely strong and symbolic significance [for the island], especially since the center is intended to train younger generations in the fields of development and leadership, to give a certain autonomy to La Gonave, capacity to self-develop.”
– Daniel Elie, Architect