With the year coming to a close, Executive Director Chad W. Bissonnette looks back to some of our greatest 2014 accomplishments and what is in store for our 2015 goals. You hear directly from APDAG’s treasurer, Jony Carmil (in Haiti) about what APDAG’s goals are and what he feels makes the strongest approach to development.
To fulfill our present commitments and future endeavors, Roots is in need of $15,000 in contributions before the end of the year. We’ll be kicking this campaign of with #GivingTuesday! Between now and December 2nd, your donation goes further thanks to a matching donor who will DOUBLE donations up to $1,500. Help us make the most of it! Learn more about the campaign here
With Roots and APDAG’s relationship progressing significantly, Executive Director Chad W Bissonnette explains what is ahead for the two partners in this month’s video update. After a two week trip to Haiti, Roots has exciting news to share including a few projects and other community groups they have been visiting. And for the first time ever, Roots gives a descriptive summary of its unique capacity-building process.
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It is without a doubt that the modern era has been shaped by the rise of computers. Not only are they invaluable resources for increasing productivity, but computers also enable individuals to spread ideas and knowledge that can lead to new skills, employment, and new ways of thinking. For the growth and development of any community, access to computers and the internet has become an essential component. Click here to learn more and find out how you can help!
APDAG sharing older computer models at a community meeting
Roots is currently working to provide its partner organization, APDAG, and other members of their community on the island of La Gonave in Haiti with a new set of computers. A new set of computers will enable APDAG to communicate with partners across the island and around the world. It gives them access to tools to plan and coordinate life-changing projects for their community, and it allows them to better tracking and measurement to improve effectiveness of their process. Computers also allow them to more effectively share what is happening with their projects, while also learning from the experiences of other communities across La Gonave and Haiti as a whole. This helps to facilitate further collaboration between community leaders and organizations who are all working to improve their communities and their country.
Children at the Community Center taking informal computer trainings
In addition to supporting APDAG, these computers will remain available at the community center for use from other community members. Through these computers, both adult and children in the community are able to learn and practice valuable computer skills, and access the internet and communicate with friends and family who live outside of La Gonave. These computer literacy skills are extremely important in navigating the modern marketplace, and helps to expand their access to opportunities.
You know what a resource these computers can be, and we need your help! Your contribution to this campaign will support APDAG and the community access opportunities and gain further tools necessary to navigate their own way from poverty.
Don’t miss this month’s project update video from Roots of Development Executive Director, Chad W. Bissonnette. He shares updates from the completion of the expanded water facility in Gran Sous, which now has separate spaces for laundry, personal washing and for animals to drink, safeguarding the integrity of the drinking water for the community members. He also shares the progress on the maintenance to the box truck that APDAG is conducting in order for it to become a sustainable source of revenue for the group and a reliable source of transportation for the community.
We have already accomplished so much this year and it would not have been possible without you! This month’s video brings you stats and impact from our 2013 Annual Report, an exciting conclusion to the $10,000 KIND competition, and an update from our most recent staff trip to La Gonave. We have been told that it’s the best one thus far…so enjoy and thank you again for all your continuous support!