Future of Partnership and Progress: September 2014 Update Video

Future of Partnership and Progress: September 2014 Update Video


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.


Watch to learn more!

Artwork from KONBIT DC Still Available!

Good news for Roots of Development supporters and art enthusiasts alike! All of the artwork displayed at KONBIT DC is still available for purchase from Galerie Monnin! Each purchase includes not only free delivery AND free framing, but also a direct portion of the proceeds will be donated to Roots! Galerie Monnin also offer possibilities of paying in monthly installments. Check out some of these incredible pieces by artists such as Levoy Exil, Gabriel Coutard, Carlo Jean Baptiste, Fritzner Lamour, Lherisson, Pascale Monnin, and many more for sale by clicking on the link here: Galerie Monnin Catalog

Please contact Gael Monnin at info@galeriemonnin.com for more information!

Morning Bath

Morning Bath by Carlo Jean Baptiste


HomeWork by Fritzner Lamour

Paradise by Gabriel Coutard

A Look inside KONBIT DC: Haitian Art Exhibit & Curator talk from Galerie Monnin!

Roots of Development’s 6th Annual Fundraiser: KONBIT DC is almost here! We are looking forward to a night rich in Haitian culture, with delicious traditional Haitian food, cocktails, folkloric dancers and tanbou drummers, and even a Haitian art tour! Roots of Development is thrilled to have Galerie Monnin has an event partner for KONBIT DC leading our Haitian Art Exhibit and curator talk!


Galerie Monnin has always been at the forefront of the art scene since they opened in 1956. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Roger Monnin after they immigrated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from Jura, Switzerland, Galerie Monnin has housed and exposed worldwide a myriad of Haitian art ranging from sacred and vodou themed to contemporary collections.


Throughout the years, the gallery “has continued to strive to be the avant garde of the artistic and cultural development of Haiti; and this despite all the socio-political turmoil, the misadventures and the ups and downs of this singular little country of fiercely individual creators. Galerie Monnin’s history is especially the story of a family deeply anchored to the realistic and the imaginary Haiti”.


According to Gael Monnin, her work goes beyond simply art for the sake of art. In her eyes, her work “consists in changing preconceived notions and negative imagery that the world might have towards Haiti” and she sees no better way to do that than “by promoting Haiti’s vibrant art and it’s tasteful culture.”



During the art tour at KONBIT DC, not only will attendees have the opportunity to view selected pieces from the coveted collection (including those pictured here), but they will also learn firsthand about the context and history of each piece from Gael Monnin herself. Haitian art offers true insight into the culture of this historic island nation and is just one of the many ways we plan on bringing Haiti to Washington, DC this July!






Click here to get your tickets and learn more about what you can expect at KONBIT DC!



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