July 2014 Project Update Video

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!

Artwork from KONBIT DC Still Available!

Good news for Roots of Development supporters and art enthusiasts alike! All of the artwork displayed at KONBIT DC is still available for purchase from Galerie Monnin! Each purchase includes not only free delivery AND free framing, but also a direct portion of the proceeds will be donated to Roots! Galerie Monnin also offer possibilities of paying in monthly installments. Check out some of these incredible pieces by artists such as Levoy Exil, Gabriel Coutard, Carlo Jean Baptiste, Fritzner Lamour, Lherisson, Pascale Monnin, and many more for sale by clicking on the link here: Galerie Monnin Catalog

Please contact Gael Monnin at info@galeriemonnin.com for more information!

Morning Bath

Morning Bath by Carlo Jean Baptiste


HomeWork by Fritzner Lamour

Paradise by Gabriel Coutard

A Look inside KONBIT DC: Haitian Art Exhibit & Curator talk from Galerie Monnin!

Roots of Development’s 6th Annual Fundraiser: KONBIT DC is almost here! We are looking forward to a night rich in Haitian culture, with delicious traditional Haitian food, cocktails, folkloric dancers and tanbou drummers, and even a Haitian art tour! Roots of Development is thrilled to have Galerie Monnin has an event partner for KONBIT DC leading our Haitian Art Exhibit and curator talk!


Galerie Monnin has always been at the forefront of the art scene since they opened in 1956. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Roger Monnin after they immigrated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from Jura, Switzerland, Galerie Monnin has housed and exposed worldwide a myriad of Haitian art ranging from sacred and vodou themed to contemporary collections.


Throughout the years, the gallery “has continued to strive to be the avant garde of the artistic and cultural development of Haiti; and this despite all the socio-political turmoil, the misadventures and the ups and downs of this singular little country of fiercely individual creators. Galerie Monnin’s history is especially the story of a family deeply anchored to the realistic and the imaginary Haiti”.


According to Gael Monnin, her work goes beyond simply art for the sake of art. In her eyes, her work “consists in changing preconceived notions and negative imagery that the world might have towards Haiti” and she sees no better way to do that than “by promoting Haiti’s vibrant art and it’s tasteful culture.”



During the art tour at KONBIT DC, not only will attendees have the opportunity to view selected pieces from the coveted collection (including those pictured here), but they will also learn firsthand about the context and history of each piece from Gael Monnin herself. Haitian art offers true insight into the culture of this historic island nation and is just one of the many ways we plan on bringing Haiti to Washington, DC this July!






Click here to get your tickets and learn more about what you can expect at KONBIT DC!



Our Most Exciting Video Update Yet!

Get excited for our upcoming 6th Annual Fundraiser: KONBIT DC with a video update from Executive Director Chad Bissonnette, as he gives you a sneak preview of all that there is to look forward to this year! Guests will soak in the feel of the Caribbean with delectable tastes and signature cocktails, with a live performance of Haitian dancing and drumming, and a Haitian art tour within the Theatre courtesy of Galerie Monnin. General admission for all ticket-holders begins at 7:00 pm.


The Exclusive Champagne VIP Reception for VIP ticket-holders begins at 6:00pm, brought to you by Moet & Chandon.


It will certainly be an event you won’t want to miss! Check out www.rootsofdevelopmentkonbitdc.eventbrite.com for more information and to buy your tickets today!