Designs for Development Deadline Extension

Designs for Development Deadline Extension


We would like to announce a deadline extension for our 2nd annual Designs for Development competition. The new deadline to submit up to two t-shirt designs, is 11:59pm on Sunday, September 30th. The full competition details, including mechanical requirements, can be found over on the competition page.


Winners in both categories will be announced at our event in Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 12th (winners do not have to be present). Please help us get the word out by sharing competition images or links from our Facebook page!

Whole Foods Market Sells Roots of Development Tote Bags

Roots of Development and Whole Foods Market® have teamed up to support community empowerment projects in Haiti with “Empower Haiti” reusable tote bags, now available at participating Whole Foods locations in the Washington metropolitan area. Now you can show your support for Roots and contribute to our success in Haiti while you shop!


The tote bags cost $2.99 each, with $1.99 of each purchase going to support our partners’ projects in Haiti with the other dollar covering the cost of production. The proceeds will help establish several community businesses that will create jobs and help local community groups raise revenue.  These businesses include a local women’s group’s wholesale food business and another group’s block-making business.



“Empower Haiti” bags are now available at the following Whole Foods stores in:


DC: Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, P Street, and Tenley Circle


Maryland: Baltimore, Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring


Virginia: Arlington, Falls Church, Old Town Alexandria, Springfield, and Vienna


Illinois: Deerfield


New Jersey: Princeton


Ohio: Cincinnati, Columbus, and Woodmere


Pennsylvania: Plymouth Meeting, Wayne, Wynnewood




Project Update: New Toilets in Gran Sous


In April 2012 a group of seven volunteers travelled to La  Gonave to meet the community members of Gran Sous and see APDAG’s impact.  Prior to the trip, friends and family of these volunteers provided donations for a new toilet facility for APDAG’s community center.  After the community center was built, APDAG had realized that toilet facilities were essential due to increased traffic to the building for meetings, use of the internet café, and business at the tool shed.  APDAG found the lack of sanitary facilities embarrassing, so they created a design and requested Roots’ assistance.


In a little over one month APDAG had three full toilets and a fourth room for a urinal built.


It goes without saying that toilets are an integral part of addressing water and health issues in a country like Haiti.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 10% of rural Haitians had access to  improved sanitation in 2005.   That was a 9% drop from 1990.  Long before Roots of Development came along, APDAG and local community leaders recognized their lack of access to these simple, but life-saving systems.  Thanks to the initiative of our volunteers, community members in Gran Sous have greater access to sanitary facilities.


If you would like us help expand access to clean water, protecting Haitians from cholera, please donate today so we can begin construction in Nan Riske, Gran Sous, and Nan Kafe, providing safe and healthy water for all community members.