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The Resource Center is a place that fosters creativity and connectivity while inspiring the Haitian and International development efforts. Collaboratively our network uses this center to launch in country projects, pilot alternative building designs, and streamline logistics for long and short term programming.
We’re Opening an Art Center! Project HOPE Art will be managing the art center, providing a flow of visiting artists and fostering growth through teacher workshops. Haiti Communitere will provide workshop space, tools and housing for all visiting artists.
The Ubuntu Block concept was invented by Harvey Lacey of Texas, USA. The Ubuntu team are implementing street clean-ups and rubbish collection points to take Styrofoam food containers and film plastic out of the canals and drains around Port-au-Prince to repurpose as building materials.
Bright Future Haiti provides educational opportunities for orphans in Haiti to learn and grow together. Haiti Communitere volunteers support Bright Future Haiti by providing regular education for children, by fundraising for programs and by bringing health professionals on site to monitor the children’s growth.
Over the next several months, Haiti Communitere will be focusing much of its efforts on rebuilding its workshop, which was destroyed in a fire on May 3rd, 2012. Thanks to HC’s amazing support system of foreign and Haitian volunteers, community members and partners who have generously offered their help, cleanup is almost finished just two weeks after the fire.
Operation Groundswell preaches a ‘backpacking with a purpose’ philosophy by providing group volunteer travel experiences to the developing world. Founded in 2007, Operation Groundswell has led hundreds of people on programs that combine a backpacker’s ethos of responsible travel with a major volunteer component.
Haiti is full of talented and innovative artists who often just lack the appropriate channels for advertising and selling their work. Recognizing this gap, a few Haiti Communitere volunteers decided to start working with local Haitian artisans to sell their products at the Haiti Communitere base.
Lorin Symington of Toronto came to Haiti on February 1, 2012 to introduce Solar Fire cook stoves to the country, and has since begun constructing solar cookers in the Haiti Communitere workshop. For the next few months the Haiti Communitere resource center will serve as Lorin’s base of operations for solar cooker manufacture and trainings.
Paul and David Lees founded Disaster Wear in August of 2010 based on the idea of fashion with a conscience. Rather than having a company that made one-off donations to disaster relief, the Lees brothers are committed to putting 22.5% of the profits from the sale of their t-shirts towards community development in disaster regions to ensure a consistent and sustainable flow of funding into the areas.
GiveLove is developing community-led sanitation projects and EcoSan Training programs to improve public health and create jobs around recycling. GiveLove has been working with Haiti Communitere since July 2010 to pilot designs for refurbished container shelters and decentralized compost toilet systems.
Frantz Lafaille founded Future for the Kids after volunteering in orphanages through Haiti Communitere. Currently, the organization is focusing its efforts on a youth center in Cite Soleil and two orphanages. Future for the Kids regularly runs craft activities, educational games, and health/hygiene education sessions as an afterschool program.
Ti Kay, founded and run by Dr. Megan Coffee, is a TB clinic based on the General Hospital. The clinic currently maintains inpatient facilities for over 20, which includes medication, food, oxygen, transportation, telephones, a follow-up phone call service, and outpatient medication and check-ups on discharge. Dr. Coffee also sees an average of 500 outpatients per month.
Jesse Baker, Tom Cemo, and Scott Skamnes visited the Haiti Communitere Resource Center to locally source and build a 48 sq foot aquaponics system. Within the modular system, fish are raised symbiotically with plant production through a closed system that uses 90% less water than regular agriculture.
Arxterra’s key interest is developing participatory tools that can empower decentralized communities. The organization is now focusing on projects such as using solar within a microfinance funding capacity, which can be harnessed to create small businesses such as charging stations for cell phones.
Kevin Rowell of Kleiwerks International came to Haiti in February of 2010 for an initial period of 10 months, and has returned several times since. Kleiwerks International was invited by other NGOs working in Haiti to provide technical consultation for earthquake reconstruction using local materials.
3rdSpaces utilizes the power of art, sports, and culture to inspire positive change in communities around the world. Their aim is to provide tools and ideas to community driven projects to promote socially sustainable solutions. 3rdSpaces is passionate about environmental sustainability and aim to merge this concept with culturally relevant themes to inspire and engage the masses.
One of the founders, Morgan Wienberg, has been the driving force behind the creation of a childcare facility in the city of Les Cayes that operates as a transitional safe house for children who have been rescued from abusive and neglectful situations, such as for-profit orphanages that take children from families living in poverty not to care for them, but to seek international funding.