October 2013 Project Update

October 2013 Project Update

Check out this month’s project update video, which was made while Roots’ Executive Director, Chad W Bissonnette, was traveling in Haiti. During the video he discusses the current challenges faced by the local women’s group GFDAG, and the importance of community empowerment when it comes to holding local governments and other international organizations responsible.

Hope you enjoy! And, please share this video with others to spread the word about our unique community-centered work. Thank you.

August 2013 Project Update

Roots of Development’s Executive Director, Chad W Bissonnette, presents their August 2013 project update. The update focuses on a new twelve month project Roots has begun, in partnership with a Haitian organization called CDECH, to help strengthen the capacity of Roots’ local community partner APDAG. A twelve month investment in capacity is a huge commitment, and a significant opportunity to see an incredible long-term impact. Greater capacity means greater independence! After all, Roots’ vision is for a world in which the very communities living in poverty are the ones leading the fight against it.

Hope you enjoy! And, please share this video with others and donate what you can to support this unique project. Thank you.

EMERGENCY UPDATE PART III: Damage Assessment Complete


After reaching out to several on-the-ground contacts we have worked with in the past, we were able to connect to staff at Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization with headquarters in Ireland. Engineer Chaungo Barasa, Concern Haiti’s WASH Programme Coordinator, met with members of our local partner APDAG to visit the water facility and assess the damage.


After evaluating and testing the current state of the spring source (reservoir), the piping, the collection tank and faucets, he reported the following:

  • The delivery pipe which carries water downstream from the source to the collection tank was broken into two, hence interrupting the supply
  • The existing retaining wall, 2-2.5m high (6.5-8.5ft), was breached by the storm waters, which caused flooding in and around the source, its protective shelter, and the collection tank
  • The retaining wall, however, is intact
  • The shelter around the source was eroded by the descending currents of water, allowing storm water to enter and pollute the source (reservoir)
  • The safe water system has not been functional since about the 28th of October.  People are drawing water from a pool on the ground in front of the source (reservoir) where children also swim

Engineer Barasa has provided APDAG with recommendations as to how the facility can be repaired and eventually improved over a series of stages (based on time and available funds). The immediate plan to restore supply of treated water, which consists of emergency repairs to the delivery pipe and disinfection of the spring source. We expect this to be taken care of this week so we can then begin tackling the recommendations Engineer Barasa has given for short and medium-term repairs and improvements to the facility.


IMPORTANT NEWS: From the morning of Monday, November 12th to midnight on Wednesday, November 14th all donations made to our relief efforts through our grant-giving partner One Days Wages will be matched (up to $2,000). Please make a donation now: http://www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/hurricane-sandy-relief-haiti

Welcome to Roots of Development

Welcome to Roots of Development, a not for profit organization helping impoverished communities in Haiti obtain the resources they need to manage their own development.  We promote an alternative approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which we listen to diverse community voices, build on the inherent strength of each, and complete community-driven projects that lead to a more sustainable future.

This blog will touch on a variety of localized and national issues pertaining to Haiti and our ongoing efforts  on the island of La Gonave. Presently, Executive Director Chad Bissonnette is in Port au Prince and will be providing our readers with contemporary updates on the tangible change we have been and will continue to bring.

We will provide an alternative perspective on international political and private initiatives undertaken to create sustainable development. We’ll showcase exclusive interviews and those attained in major media on the mantra behind the mission.

We encourage our readership to participate in the conversation on how we as a globalized community can help Haiti develop in both tangible and intangible ways.

Men anpil, chay pa lou – Many hands make the load lighter