About the Project
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.
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.
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 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 of successful community-led development and an example 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.