Leadership Profile - Faradhia Moise

Leadership Profile – Faradhia Moise

Chief Operating Officer Faradhia Moise – Committed Citizen

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has,” —- Margaret Mead

Faradhia Moise is lucky to be alive.

The devastating earthquake of 2010 buried her alive under the rubble of a local grocery store. She was trapped for two days before she was finally discovered and rescued. “The trauma of this experience was life-changing,” says Faradhia. “It inspired me to give back to my homeland.” 

Not long after the earthquake, she participated with a team to run the 2012 ING Marathon held in Miami, FL to raise funds for recovery in Haiti. “It was a very uplifting activity because the team that ran with me was from a mix of nations, but they were united for one cause,” says Faradhia. The funds raised were used towards community projects for the organization she worked for at the time.

Today, Raisin Devlopman is fortunate to have Faradhia as its Chief Operating Officer, helping to lead their efforts to improve quality of Iife for the people of La Gonave.

Faradhia, like the renowned cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, believes that “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can [indeed] change the world.” And she is utilizing Mead’s philosophy in her daily efforts with Rasin Devlopman. “We tend to believe that success is linked to big accomplishments and the use of a significant sum of money. However, success starts with small things—-with the will to engage people to fulfill a dream and to pursue it,” explains Faradhia. “That is why, through my work with Rasin, I continue to encourage our stakeholders to be part of their change, and to accompany them in that sense.”

Faradhia has extensive experience in community development, project management and operations, and advocacy. With an MBA in Management Leadership from the University of Monterrey, Mexico, she was able to further develop her skills with organizations such as World Vision, Save the Children, Plan Haiti and Oxfam. 

“Rasin’s approach was very appealing to me. Working with all stakeholders within a community represents a different way of implementing projects, and, what is more important is that it guarantees sustainability,” explains Faradhia. 

At Rasin Devlopman, Faradhia is responsible for the oversight of the organization’s projects and the management of its finances and human resources, as well as the mobilization of resources (fundraising) and communications between Rasin Devlopman and Roots of Development. Rasin activities focus primarily on capacity-building, civic engagement, and economic development.

“During COVID, we diverged some of our regular programming funds to address the pandemic,” says Faradhia. “But we are now looking forward to raising more funds to maintain our regular programs and focus even more on women’s empowerment, for example.”

It was a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens that rescued Faradhia from the earthquake’s rubble in 2010. Now it is her turn to use her skills to support other groups as they work hard to improve quality of life on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.

Interview by Sharon Callahan

2019 Roots of Development Year in Review

In spite of huge, ongoing challenges in Haiti, we are about to complete one of our most successful (impactful) years yet.

Here is a look back at what we accomplished this year, as well as 4 ways you can support Roots before the end of the year…


A plastics collection and recycling center on La Gonave

In April of this year, we helped open a plastics collection center on the island of La Gonave. We worked with the Haitian company ECSSA (who is a partner of the international organization 4Ocean), the mayor of Anse-a-Galets, and the residents of La Gonave to open a business that purchases plastic trash from residents and then transports them to a facility in Port-au-Prince where they get recycled.

The recycling program is not just a way to clean up the island, it also creates jobs and gives residents an opportunity to make money. Residents collect plastics from the streets of town and along the coastline and then bring their sacks to the collection center to sell the plastics by the pound (lb.).

Once enough plastics have been collected by the collection center, ECSSA comes to collect and purchase the plastics from the owner of the center. ECSSA transforms the plastics in Port-au-Prince and sells them to international clients who export them to other countries to make diverse products sold around the world.

The recycling initiative has the opportunity to have a significant impact on the island, both environmentally and economically.

For more information visit:
https://www.mightycause.com/story/recyclingonlagonave


GIVING OPTION #1 – Shop on Amazonsmile

It is the same selection of products at the exact same price, but a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazonsmile is donated to Roots of Development. Help us raise funds by making your holiday purchases on Amazonsmile.

Click here to learn more about donating to Roots through Amazonsmile.


A new installation of solar street lamps

Roots of Development, in partnership once again with lighting designer Chad Groshart, worked with a group of community leaders on the island of La Gonave to install another set of solar street lamps.

We invited three of the strongest and most committed community groups we work with to submit a proposal for installing solar lamps in their community/s. In doing so, the groups got a chance to practice the skills they had been developing in our workshops and trainings together: how to bring residents together to make community decisions, proposal and budget writing, and identifying and leveraging local resources.

A committee was created to evaluate each of the proposals based on a set of criteria that included clarity of the proposal, community participation, and management/maintenance plan. The communal section of Petit Anse had the strongest proposal and was able to bring sustainable lighting to their community this year.


It was a community affair that brought together both the theoretical and practical components of our work, of our community-driven, capacity-building approach to development.


GIVING OPTION #2 – Make a donation by Dec 31st

We need to raise $5,399 before the end of the year to cover last minute project expenses and balance our budget so that we don’t start 2020 with a deficit, which would have an impact on staff and our programs. We need your help!

Please make your final tax-deductible contribution of 2019 today! You can either send a check to Roots of Development at 1366 C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 or make an online donation.


Writing a Communal Development Plan for La Gonave

We have partnered with the Pan American Development Foundation to support the mayor of Anse-a-Galets and various leaders from around the commune in writing the first-ever development plan for the commune (which represents half of the geographical area of La Gonave and is home to more than half of the island’s population).

The effort to develop the plan involves mobilizing the local population, helping them identify and map out resources that exist in the commune, researching the history of development on the island, and organizing the population’s priorities into a single roadmap for all to focus on. The entire process will take over a year, but folks will be much better equipped to lead and manage their own development once its complete. Join us in congratulating PADF, our team down in Haiti, and the local leaders of the commune of Anse-a-Galets for the successful launch of a project that will bring long-lasting benefits to the island of La Gonave.


An Island-Wide Leadership and Community Development Program: Twa Woch Dife

Despite facing a wide range of challenges, La Gonâve has tremendous potential to become a hub of strong community-led development.

Building on previously successful capacity-building workshops, Roots of Development has launched a comprehensive, multi-year, community development program designed to strengthen local leadership and improve quality of life on the island – with the hope that La Gonave becomes a model for the rest of the country.

During a four-stage program, 18 established young individual leaders will be taught the fundamentals of community-driven development (CDD) and trained to become agents of change for the island. There will be 3 representatives selected from each of the 6 communal sections of Anse à Galets, with each representing a different community-based organization (CBO). In a bottom-up model for transformation, they will go on to teach their home organizations and communities, creating a network of active citizens with a strong understanding of CDD.

The first phase, which began early in August, included the selection of the community leaders and their initial training. Leaders were selected based on some of the following criteria: strong engagement and leadership in their CBO, recognized and respected across the commune, commitment to the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups, etc.

For more details about this project, click here.


We are grateful to the above partners for their financial support of this project.


GIVING OPTION #3 – Start a birthday fundraiser on Facebook

It literally takes two seconds to set up, and you can raise hundreds of dollars for Roots of Development in just a couple days.

Click here to find out how to create your fundraiser.


A PARTNERSHIP WITH HARVARD’S KENNEDY SCHOOL

With the support and guidance of Board Member Rudy Brioché, we teamed up with a graduate student from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Miles Roman, to evaluate our work and learn more about community-driven development (CDD) practices around the world.

Mr. Roman took a deep dive into Roots of Development’s approach and compared it to the efforts of other organizations doing CDD work in Haiti and elsewhere around the globe. He engaged with representatives from local and national governments, international organizations, and local community groups across La Gonâve and Port-au-Prince.

At the end, Mr. Roman provided Roots with a final report that included an analysis of our work, a comparison to best practices around the world, and recommendations for making our organization stronger. It was a great opportunity for Roots as we never could have done this level, or quality, of research ourselves with the limited resources we have. His work has already helped us become a better organization and strengthen our impact on the island.


GIVING OPTION #4 – Buy a piece of Haitian metal art from our online store

Shop Roots of Development’s online store for a unique piece of Haitian metal art. They are beautiful, one of a kind gifts for friends and family and great decorations for your home.


Each piece is handmade and made from recycled oil drums and 100% of your purchase goes to our work in Haiti.


Browse the collection at: store.rootsofdevelopment.org



PANEL DISCUSSION: A CLOSER LOOK AT ROOTS ON THE GROUND

On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, Roots of Development’s Board of Directors hosted a special event in Washington D.C. to promote transparency and provide greater insight into our work in Haiti.

The event gave supporters the chance to meet our Haiti-based staff who shared firsthand accounts about the challenges of implementing our work in Haiti’s current climate.

The panel also featured the findings of an independent study that compared Roots’ community-driven development approach to other models in Haiti and around the world.


I need your help.

Roots of Development

Dear Supporter,
Can you help out? As you probably know, we held our annual fundraiser in D.C. last month. While folks really enjoyed themselves and it was one of our most unique events yet, we unfortunately came away about $6,500 shy of what we needed to raise. We could really use your help making up this difference, as we are about to launch our most ambitious and most impactful project yet.
The Rasin team in Haiti is getting ready to start the next phase of our Local Capacity-Building & Community Development Program on La Gonave. The program is a long-term project aimed at identifying young leaders and strong community-based organizations across the island, and providing them with the skills and support they need to carry out more community-driven development and improve quality of life on La Gonave. This is the largest and most expansive project in our organization’s history, and necessary for transforming La Gonave into the hub of community-driven development that we know it can be.

 

Please make a donation this month, to help us make up for this deficit of $6,500. Any amount will help. Make a donation online, purchase one of the handmade metal art pieces featured below, or create a fundraiser for Roots of Development on Facebook. We need your help.

 

Sincerely,
Chad Bissonnette
Executive Director
ROOTS OF DEVELOPMENT

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Join us on Saturday, June 8th for our most important and fun event of the year, our annual fundraiser in Washington D.C. This year we have a brand new venue and a very special performer coming to town! So mark your calendars.

We are counting on your support.

Tickets will be available later this month on Eventbrite!


Roots of Development and a delegation of leaders from
La Gonave celebrate the end of a year-long program
on Leadership and Community Development

A group of leaders from La Gonave recently traveled to the town of St. Raphael, in the north of Haiti, to join other community leaders from around the country to share stories of success and reinforce a commitment to local leadership and development.

Image of delegation from La Gonave

The leaders came together to celebrate the end of the year-long program run by our friends CLE (Le Centre Haitien du Leadership et de L’Excellence), to network with one another, and to discuss community development efforts they have been working on in diverse locations throughout the country.

Image of community leaders sharing success stories

The goal was to highlight local leaders and communities who are effectively using local resources to manage their own development.

Leaders gathered from all over the country.
Of all the community groups participating, the delegation from La Gonave traveled the farthest and represented the island well! In fact, a member of the La Gonâve delegation, Freda Catheus, served on a panel, fielding questions and presenting on the community efforts currently taking place on the island.Image of community leader Freda CatheusFreda Catheus is a community organizer who works with our partners Beyond Borders and has been supporting community development efforts on La Gonâve for decades.We are grateful for Freda’s work, for CLE’s leadership and commitment to La Gonave, and for the financial support from the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) that made this program possible.

Pwogram Lidechip pou Devlopman Kominote

 Roots of Development plans on continuing to provide leaders on La Gonave with the support they need to increase and strengthen local development efforts on the island. We plan on carrying out a local capacity-building program in 2019 that will build off of these workshops and provide our partners with further opportunities to develop their leadrship and organizational management skills.

For more information, visit:
https://www.mightycause.com/story/Rootsannualworkshops 


Status Update:
Recycling Collection Centers on La Gonave

Due to several unforeseen events in and out of Haiti, the opening of the recycling centers on La Gonave has been delayed. However, we are excited to announce they are finally going to open and be in operation later this month!

Many residents on La Gonave have already begun collecting plastics and storing them in their homes in anticipation of the opening of the centers. We are taking this as a very good sign, a sign of the impact and potential scale of the project.

Image of residents collecting plastics

The Roots team has been doing the best it can with the limited resources it has to help set these centers up on the island, but we could really use your support. We still need to raise another $1,942 to provide ongoing support to this project.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Please consider helping us with this initiative
by making a donation here: https://www.mightycause.com/story/RecyclingonLaGonave


Partnering with Beyond Borders and Community Leaders on La Gonave to Map Resources on the Island

Last week, Roots of Development met with another like-minded organization working on La Gonave called Beyond Borders. We met at our office space in Anse-a-Galets to sign an MOU that formalizes our commitment to work more closely with one another and outlines the principles with which we will carry out our efforts.

Signing an MOU with Beyond BordersAfter signing the agreement, we immediately began planning our first activity together: a survey and mapping exercise that we will use, in partnership with local authorities, to collect information and identify resources found in the island’s various communal sections that can support future community-development projects.We then met with Mayor Ernso Louissaint to inform him of our partnership, update him on current activities, and reiterate our commitment to community-led development.

Image of meeting with the mayor    Image of meeting with the mayor

The Mayor's office in Anse-a-Galets


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As you know, every year for the past six years we have organized a dance fundraiser in Willimantic, Connecticut. Hundreds of friends and family from all over New England come out to dance and raise money for Roots of Development’s unique and important work in Haiti. This year, we are unable to hold the event and are faced with the reality of losing aroun $13,000 in funding (donations) that we rely on to carry out our work every year. We need your help.

Please consider making a donation to Roots this month, to help us make up for this significant loss. Tickets to attend the fundraiser were $25. Then at the dance, folks often bought raffle tickets or a piece of Haitian metal art. If you and every other person receiving this newsletter made a contribution of just $25, we could easily recover these funds we rely on!
85 percent of our funding comes from individuals like you

We really do not want to lose the momentum our work has created over the past two years, since we expanded on the island. To continue doing our unique and important work, everything you just read about in this newsletter, we need your continued support.

Please help us avoid losing these funds that we rely on every year.
Please make your donation today.

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Roots of Development needs your help raising funds for three important projects

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We need your help raising funds for three important,
upcoming projects before the year ends!

About 85% of our funding comes from individuals like you. In order to do the impactful work we do year in and year out, we rely on your support. Please help us raise the funds needed to implement three key projects before the year ends. Learn more about each one of these projects below and make your contribution today!

Our Featured Projects


PROJECT #1: Recycling on La Gonave

Litter lining La Gonave's coast

One of La Gonave’s greatest assets is its beauty. Tourism has the potential to be a major source of revenue and employment for the island. However, plastics and other trash have started lining the coastlines of the island and filling towns and cities. There has been no program, private or public, to collect and remove trash. Until now!

Roots of Development is partnering up with Environmental Cleaning Solutions S.A. (ECSSA), a private Haitian company that has been collecting trash and recyclable goods throughtout Haiti for over 8 years.

We will be helping ECSSA find four collection site managers, introduce them to the island’s local authorities, help spread the word amongst the general public about the new recycling services (and employment opportunity/s), and provide ECSSA with some on-the-ground oversight. 

Process of transforming collected trash

Learn more about this project and make your donation here!

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PROJECT #2: Community Project Fund

Community-Led Initiatives

 

In order to provide encouragement and support to the numerous local leaders and dynamic community groups carrying out exciting community-led projects all across the island, we need to develop a fund that can support those projects and continue improving quality of life on the island. 

Over the years, we have developed good relationships with leaders and community groups from across the island, through their participation in formal workshops and trainings and informal gatherings. We have worked hard to help them strengthen their organizational management capacity, by providing them with access to important workshops and experienced facilitators.

Planning a community-led development project with a partner

 

To help these leaders and community groups bring these skills and trainings from the theoretical to the practical, we want to be able to provide them with financial support for projects they are already carrying out in their communities or hope to carry out in the near future. These projects represent their greatest priorities and address their greatest development challenges.

We hope to be able to raise enough money to fund the projects of a couple of model community groups each year to help them further strengthen their organizational capacity and improve the quality of life in their community.

A community-led development project in action
To learn more about this project and make a donation to the fund click here!

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PROJECT #3: Annual Workshops to Build Local Capacity

Local leaders meeting to learn about development management and capacity building

It is crucial that we continue providing local leaders and community-based organizations with opportunities to strengthen their organizational management capacity. For development efforts and investments to truly be sustainable, they need to be owned and led by the community, but that community must have the opportunity to reinforce its strengths and strengthen its weaknesses.

“A project is only as strong as the community managing it.”

Help us provide four professional workshops each year to leaders from all parts of La Gonave, to learn skills needed to better manage development on the island: financial management, program management, business development, and leadership.
Local leaders involved in the workshops

Each of these workshops are multi-day and led by professional Haitian facilitators experienced in organizational management skills, leadership, and community development. The subjects and skills taught during the workshops address the greatest needs and priorities of our local partners, as identified by them. We have been carrying out these workshops for years, but decided to scale them up to include leaders from across the island in March 2018, with our partner institution CLE (Centre Haitien du Leadership et de l’Excellence).

Please help us provide these important workshops to the leaders of La Gonave by
making a contribution today  

Donate Here!


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