Future of Partnership and Progress: September 2014 Update Video

Future of Partnership and Progress: September 2014 Update Video


With Roots and APDAG’s relationship progressing significantly, Executive Director Chad W Bissonnette explains what is ahead for the two partners in this month’s video update. After a two week trip to Haiti, Roots has exciting news to share including a few projects and other community groups they have been visiting. And for the first time ever, Roots gives a descriptive summary of its unique capacity-building process.


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Join Us in Haiti! April 2015 Trip Now Open


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April 2015 Trip Flyer

Computers for the Community, We need your support!

It is without a doubt that the modern era has been shaped by the rise of computers. Not only are they invaluable resources for increasing productivity, but computers also enable individuals to spread ideas and knowledge that can lead to new skills, employment, and new ways of thinking. For the growth and development of any community, access to computers and the internet has become an essential component. Click here to learn more and find out how you can help!


APDAG sharing older computer models at a community meeting

Roots is currently working to provide its partner organization, APDAG, and other members of their community on the island of La Gonave in Haiti with a new set of computers. A new set of computers will enable APDAG to communicate with partners across the island and around the world. It gives them access to tools to plan and coordinate life-changing projects for their community, and it allows them to better tracking  and measurement to improve effectiveness of their process. Computers also allow them to more effectively share what is happening with their projects, while also learning from the experiences of other communities across La Gonave and Haiti as a whole. This helps to facilitate further collaboration between community leaders and organizations who are all working to improve their communities and their country.


Children at the Community Center taking informal computer trainings

In addition to supporting APDAG, these computers will remain available at the community center for use from other community members. Through these computers, both adult and children in the community are able to learn and practice valuable computer skills, and access the internet and communicate with friends and family who live outside of La Gonave. These computer literacy skills are extremely important in navigating the modern marketplace, and helps to expand their access to opportunities.


You know what a resource these computers can be, and we need your help! Your contribution to this campaign will support APDAG and the community access opportunities and gain further tools necessary to navigate their own way from poverty.


July 2014 Project Update Video



Don’t miss this month’s project update video from Roots of Development Executive Director, Chad W. Bissonnette. He shares updates from the completion of the expanded water facility in Gran Sous, which now has separate spaces for laundry, personal washing and for animals to drink, safeguarding the integrity of the drinking water for the community members. He also shares the progress on the maintenance to the box truck that APDAG is conducting in order for it to become a sustainable source of revenue for the group and a reliable source of transportation for the community.

Exciting New Developments with the Gran Sous Water Facility!

As many of you know, Roots of Development was born around its first project in Haiti in 2007, the Gran Sous Water Facility. The project was chosen by the community because clean, safe water was not readily available any other way.  When the project was completed it featured several water faucets for multipurposed use. For five years, the facility served its purpose and remained sustainable, maintained by the community in La Gonave until Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012.

Barbed Wire Fencing to Protect the Water Source

The response to the state of emergency created by Hurricane Sandy was swift. The first step was to make immediate, short term repairs to the Gran Sous Water Facility. Roots of Development and APDAG partnered with Concern Worldwide, an Irish humanitarian organization, to assess the damage and develop a plan for repairs. During the assessment process, the potential for improvements and expansions to the water faucets was recognized by all parties.  Thanks to all the support we received from our friends and supporters, these improvements were possible, and the group set out to expand the water facility to meet a host of multi-purpose needs.

The improved facility features higher retaining walls, a staircase for easier access to the facility, multiple laundry washing areas with seating and drainage, two enclosed individual shower stalls, new fencing, gates and an enclosed valve system to protect access to the water supply, an underground pipeline from the source, and a separated water trough for animals. Creating these new spaces with

Enclosed Personal Washing Stalls

specific allotted purposes (shower, laundry, animals) helps to manage water use for improved cleanliness and purity. The primary purpose for this water facility is to provide access to clean safe drinking water to community members, and separating the spaces for washing and animal’s drinking helps to protect the integrity of the water facility. APDAG is conducting training so that the community knows how to use the water facility properly as well as delegating cleaning and maintenance responsibilities. This comprehensive expansion was finalized at a critical time, as there have been recent reports of illness and fatalities due to a cholera outbreak in nearby villages. This water facility continues to keep residents of Gran Sous and nearby communities healthy and safe.

Enclosed Personal Washing

Laundry Washing Stations

Valve Chamber Interior

Valve Chamber-Interior

This is an exciting accomplishment for Roots of Development and our community partners, APDAG who managed this process. The completion of an effort like this is not just about meeting a deadline or even the completion of a structure. This project was originally identified as a prominent need in the community bythe community and its construction developed useful skills in community members even as it improves quality of life, water security, and health. The best part is, this expanded water facility is a sustainable resource to the community because community representatives were the primary managers throughout this process, and they have the capacity and skill set to maintain it. Just one more example of how Roots of Development works to foster development without dependency with our community partners! Check out  these photos to see the new expansions and improvements to the water facility!