I went down to Haiti for the first time in 2005 at the age of twenty-three. I had no idea that that trip would eventually lead me to the founding of an organization that has already helped thousands of impoverished community members access clean water and public toilet facilities, and open community businesses that create jobs and bring in revenue. I had no idea it would prompt the creation of an alternative approach to development that is based on empowerment and independence, instead of handouts and dependency.
I’ve got stories from living and working in Haiti that will make you laugh, scream, and cry, but the stories that have stuck with me the most are those of the individuals and communities that have willingly tackled overwhelming obstacles in order to ensure the lives of their family members and future generations of community members would be improved.
I am extremely grateful to you for believing in me, believing in Roots, and for the sacrifices you have made to support the efforts of the communities we work with!
Your confidence and continued support is the best present we could receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you have a very special holiday.
Chad W. Bissonnette
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