Your Impact in Haiti – August 2023

July 12, 2023

Your Impact in Haiti

During times of crisis, it becomes even more important that we come together to collectively address issues. Because it’s an island, La Gonave faces different challenges than mainland Haiti. While it is isolated from much of the violence, it has also been cut off from its usual sources for imported goods, including food. The crisis has illuminated the need for La Gonave to become much more reliant on local trading.

Because of your continued support, the people of La Gonave have been and continue to make significant strides despite the crisis, conflict, and controversies that rage all around them.

One one side of the island, a group of residents has formed a local association called Zòn pam pi bèl, or“ My area is the most beautiful.” These leaders, with your support, are working to repair a road section that stretches about 10 miles, which will help connect their community to the rest of the island.

This kind of project, which brings together community Members, empowering them to create change for themselves — that is what you support when you donate to Roots.

On the other side of La Gonave, another group of residents, Magazen pou Lavi, has mobilized their community and the Haitian diaspora to build a wharf in the city center of Anse-a-Galets. Already this year, more than 10 meters (30 feet) of the dock has been constructed, for a total of 44 meters (145 feet)! With your support, the group will continue to build out the dock, which will provide another port of entry to the island, allowing for more imports and exports, boosting the local economy.

This is the real, tangible impact you are having in Haiti—an impact that becomes infinitely more vital during crisis. Because of this wharf and these roads, La Gonave will become more connected both internally and externally, allowing for a freer exchange of goods, people, and ideas that will help create a stronger, more prosperous island.

Even now, Rasin Devlopman is helping to spread the message and practices of community-led development throughout Haiti. Your support makes all of this possible, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Right now, we’re asking you to become a member of our Forest for the Trees monthly giving program. Monthly donations are the best way for you to support our work—plus, this month ONLY, you’ll be entered to win prizes through our raffle!

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