Artwork from KONBIT DC Still Available!

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 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 for more information and to buy your tickets today!

From Carnival in the Capital to Konbit DC!

Last year at the Roots of Development 5th Annual DC Fundraiser, we celebrated the very best of Haitian culture and spirit with our Carnival in the Capital. The party lasted well into the night with guests singing and dancing with the RaRa band as our DJ kept the tunes flowing. Check out our video below to re-live entertaining moments we had last year…and get excited for all we have in store for this year!


We are excited to announce that this year’s event will reflect the theme of the “konbit”. In rural areas of Haiti, residents congregate to accomplish tasks too great to accomplish on their own. This communal effort is referred to is as konbit. With Roots of Development’s core focus on community, Konbit is a great way to celebrate this year’s annual event! With live drumming and dancing, late-night dancing with DJ Vasco, a Haitian Art tour courtesy of Galerie Monin…and so much more!


Click here for more information on the event and to purchase your tickets today. Don’t miss one of the largest Haitian events in the DC Metro area!



2014 May Project Update Video

Watch our May Project Update video from Executive Director, Chad W. Bissonnette, as he shares details of the recent group trip with Board members and volunteers to visit La Gonave, including an update on APDAG’s workshops with CDECH, the Women’s group’s community business, the Nan Riske rainwater collection facility, a need for new laptops in the office and community center. Watch until the end for details on our latest and upcoming Roots events!