July Newsletter:  Updates From Haiti

July Newsletter: Updates From Haiti

Five years ago Gran Sous decided that their top priority as a community was access to clean water.  Today, our partners APDAG are not only assisting their neighbors gain access to water, but also envisioning a future less dependent on Roots of Development.


In April, a small group of volunteers visited Gran Sous, delivering funds to build a toilet next to the community center housing APDAG’s office and small enterprises.  Less than three months later, the toilet is complete.  Five years ago this community would not have carried out this project with such ease.  APDAG continues to not only improve sanitation in Gran Sous, but also in surrounding communities.  While sanitation improves in Gran Sous, APDAG continues to help surrounding communities.


With the help of Yee Chen, the water project in Nan Plim has finished construction.  Once solar panels are purchased and installed, residents of Nan Plim will have access to clean water in their own community.  In between days of work in Nan Plim, APDAG’s leadership has held meetings with the towns of Nan Riske and Nan Kafe to discuss future water projects for 2012 and 2013.


While tangible products are always exciting, the intangible projects are always the toughest to translate to our supporters in the U.S.  This aspect of our work is integral to the success of every project.  APDAG’s future construction materials business will be their largest project yet.  In preparation, Roots is currently negotiating with the Grameen Creative Lab to conduct workshops that will ultimately result in a solid business plan to make the business a successful local employer and revenue generator for future projects.  APDAG already owns a tract of land thanks to supporters in Connecticut, but they still have to buy machinery and construct an office to house the business.


As APDAG moves forward, they can take advice from GFDAG, the women’s group within APDAG.  These women have already conducted a series of trainings to start their own small business, which will launch this August.  The women have just opened a new bank account to deal with importers in Port-au-Prince.  In addition to creating jobs and easing the burden of many women, GFDAG’s profits will eventually help local orphans attend school.


If you are in the DC area and would like to learn more about our recent work, we invite you to join us at A Taste of Haiti:  Roots of Development’s 4th Annual DC Fundraiser.  On Saturday, July 14th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Roots will be hosting a food competition between Haitian caterers and chefs.  Guests will drink wine and judge their favorite pate while trying other Haitian dishes.  Guest judges will include Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Chef Ron Duprat, Miss Haiti 2011, and Heather Robinson.  Tickets are $75 for General Admission and $50 for Young Professionals.  We hope to see you there!

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