In a recent conversation with Michelle Sieff, our Executive Director, Pierre Noel, shared Haiti Development Institute's unique path to supporting community-lead development in Haiti.
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As a philanthropic intermediary and with the support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, HDI awarded another round of grants this fall totaling almost $200,000. Emphasizing decentralization and the empowerment of grassroots Haitian organizations, we prioritized projects that:
Foster Haitian leadership development and build local capacity
Serve resource-constrained communities, especially through the empowerment of women and youth
Promote a sustainable model and work in alliance to accomplish their goals
Build rural infrastructure
Can measure their impact and are accountable for their outcomes
Haiti Development Institute (HDI) sòti nan Haiti Fund ki li menm te pran nesans nan Boston Foundation pou 5 lane aprè tranbleman tè Janvye 2010 la. Fon sa a te kreye pou eksprime solidarite kominote Boston an ak pèp Ayisyen an ansanm ak zanmi epi fanmi yo ki nan Boston. Pandan 5 lane sa yo, Haiti Fund remèt 140 sibvansyon bay òganizasyon an Ayiti ak nan zòn Boston an, e rive sipòte aktivite pledwari pou bon jan jesyon rekonstriksyon peyi Dayiti. Nou te rive kreye yon platfòm pou bayèdfon ki sipòte Ayiti jwenn posiblite rankontre, pataje eksperyans, epi aprann fason pou asistans yap bay yo rive fè plis enpak. Nou te rive konprann tou ke pi gwo priyorite pou bon jan...
On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which was set to end on January 23, 2018 until July 2019, but then end it permanently. It is important to emphasize that this decision does not renew the status of TPS holders, it only allows them time to either adjust their legal status to remain in the United States or return to their homeland. Although this decision is based on the government’s determination that conditions have improved enough for Haiti to be able to accommodate the return of 58,000 more people, many of us are witnessing a totally different reality on...
In an effort to showcase our work, we introduce you to the organizations we partner with to transform development in Haiti! Each quarter, we will profile a different organization and motivated leader, so that you can learn about how these grassroots organizations are leading the economic and social revolution in their rural communities.
On May 22, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced his decision to extend the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti—for only an additional six months until January 22, 2018. Secretary Kelly cited Haiti’s forward progress since the infamous 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 220,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people,[i] as the reason behind his decision. He stated,
“Haiti has made progress across several fronts since the devastating earthquake in 2010. The Haitian economy continues to recover and grow, and 96 percent of people displaced by the earthquake and living in internally displaced person camp...
In an effort to showcase our work, we wanted to introduce you to the organizations we partner with to transform development in Haiti! Each quarter, we will profile a different organization and motivated leader, so that you can learn about how these grassroots organizations are leading the economic and social revolution in their rural communities.
“This particular way of getting to know a country by exploring opportunities, meeting with a variety of individuals, and learning directly from Haitians is truly unique. It is not about coming into a country and being some type of savior, but about being humbled by the people and learning from them what can be done at the local level.”
From January 16 – 20 we took a group of 21 guarantors from MCE Social Capital to visit Haiti and learn more about the state of economic development in Haiti. MCE Social Capital MCE Social Capital is a nonprofit impact-investing firm that uses a loan guarantee model to generate economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people in...
We are just getting back from Haiti, where we celebrated the opening of the Haiti Development Institute (HDI) offices in the city of Arcahaie. We kicked off the celebration by taking our partners on a journey from our humble beginning as The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation by visiting our former grantees, and concluded with a view into our future impact in Haiti with the opening of our offices. This trip further cemented the importance of collaboration and deepened our relationships with key partners from civil society, local government and philanthropy.
We had our ribbon cutting ceremony on January 23rd at our newly finished offices just down the road from our p...