Hello, everyone! We’ve decided to try something new with our project updates by sending them out in the form of a monthly video blog. We figure that it will be a more fun and interesting way to keep all of you updated on the progress of our projects in Haiti as well as what’s going on in the states to support them. This month, we are eager to share the continued progress of a few of our existing projects in addition to an exciting new endeavor on the island of La Gonave.
Repairs to the damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy continue to be worked on in collaboration with Concern Worldwide. With the help of you guys- our supporters- we raised $19,000 toward our $29,000 goal. The rest is being covered by Concern Worldwide. We’ve also recently completed two additional major water facilities. One, in the community of Nan Plim, is a typical water system that captures fresh water from an underground spring and pipes it out to a tank where it can be treated and distributed. The second water facility is a rainwater collection tank in the community of Nan Riske. Additionally, our women’s group, GFDAG, is still going strong with their business that buys goods wholesale in Port-au-Prince, ships it to La Gonave and sells it at a profit with the goal of having a source of revenue independently of Roots in order to carry out their major goals. One of these goals is an education initiative that strives to keep orphans and vulnerable children in school.
Finally, we have our exciting new project- the capacity building workshops orchestrated by our new partners, CDECH. CDECH will be doing a 12-month diagnostic report to discern the strengths and weaknesses of the main association we work with on the island, APDAG. They will carry out capacity building and leadership training workshops in order to further develop the capabilities and independence of these men in their community.
So, how do we support all of this? Fundraisers, of course! In late June, we had our most successful event, Carnival in the Capital. We had over 300 guests in attendance, a live Ra-Ra band and delicious Haitian food and drinks. The night couldn’t have been more of a blast! Check out our Facebook account for photos of the event.
If you’re looking to support sometime in the future, we’ve got an exciting Ride and Walk in Connecticut coming up on Sunday, September 15th. You can check out the details and register here.
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