Preparing for the Next Step: CDECH Capacity-Building Workshops

Preparing for the Next Step: CDECH Capacity-Building Workshops

At Roots, we don’t just do development…we build a foundation that creates an environment for development to happen. By going beyond just creating infrastructure, Roots invests in the ability of local partners to effectively establish a structure so they can manage projects in their own community. For the past year, APDAG, our partner in Haiti, has been participating in valuable capacity-building training workshops. Capacity-building addresses different organizational management skills such as financial planning and project development that are designed to help APDAG to take a more independent role in developing, implementing, and sustaining projects in their community.

Members of APDAG participate in a capacity-building exercise


To run and help manage these capacity-building workshops, Roots partnered with CDECH, a Haitian community development leadership association. CDECH first began the capacity-building process by evaluating what skills needed to be developed within APDAG and then tailored workshops to target these specific skills.


CDECH’s diagnosis showed that the thing that needed to be accomplished in the first phase of workshops was to create a uniform understanding of the organization’s common purpose and goals. This first phase consisted of in-depth analysis of APDAG’s future vision as well as an exploration of community development and the process of leadership. This step was supplemented with additional workshops building a foundation of practical basic management skills, such as running a meeting and writing a report.


Effective administration and organization is a cornerstone of CDECH’s capacity-building workshops

After this initial phase, APDAG and CDECH then dived into more detailed workshops on project management, administration, and community mobilization. These workshops covered a wide range of topics ranging from budget development and accounting to conflict management and negotiating with external partners. These topics guaranteed that APDAG’s skillset could become as well rounded as possible.


Over the past year, APDAG has immediately started putting these skills to practice. APDAG’s proficiency in management skills has directly translated into improved practice: APDAG gained a better understanding of theimportance of accountability. In a short span of time, meetings have been more productive by setting agendas in advance and keeping minutes to refer to in the future. APDAG has also improved its professionalism, which makes it possible for them to make new partnerships. Their budgets, for example, used to be handwritten and submitted infrequently, but have transformed to professionally typed on letterhead. APDAG’s increasing proficiency in computer skills also added to their professionalism as well as their ability to make new connections.


Post-Hurricane Sandy repairs to water facility managed by APDAG

APDAG’s improved organizational management skills have made a direct impact on their ability to implement community development projects.  For example, the repairs recently completed on the Gran Sous water facility was almost entirely handled by APDAG. This progress demonstrates APDAG’s ability to work together as a single organized unit towards a common goal. APDAG will continue to apply the skills they learned in the capacity-building workshops into practice.


We hope you stay tuned to see APDAG continue to grow and gain greater independence beyond Roots!



Support these workshops by contributing to our End of Year Campaign! 

End of the Year Holiday Update

With the year coming to a close, Executive Director Chad W. Bissonnette looks back to some of our greatest 2014 accomplishments and what is in store for our 2015 goals. You hear directly from APDAG’s treasurer, Jony Carmil (in Haiti) about what APDAG’s goals are and what he feels makes the strongest approach to development.


To fulfill our present commitments and future endeavors, Roots is in need of $15,000 in contributions before the end of the year. We’ll be kicking this campaign of with #GivingTuesday! Between now and December 2nd, your donation goes further thanks to a matching donor who will DOUBLE donations up to $1,500. Help us make the most of it! Learn more about the campaign here


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.


Watch to learn more!

Join Us in Haiti! April 2015 Trip Now Open


For more info, download our travel info manual and over view or the trip flyer seen above.

Trip Manual and Overview

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.