Haiti Communitere is a local organization registered in Haiti with a Haitian board of directors. We are based in Port-au -Prince near the airport making our base an ideal location for partners (particularly from Cite Soleil) and international organizations.
Haiti Communitere is committed to changing the culture of development and aid in Haiti. Haiti Communitere champions grassroots-based projects that promote solidarity, sovereignty, and community. In partnership with and in deference to community leadership, we explore and engage innovative ways to effectively address long-term needs of the communities we serve. This includes helping international organizations to appropriately access resources, coordinate logistics, and network with community leaders, as well as to better understand the sociocultural dynamics and potential impacts of their work in Haiti.
Haiti Communitere is part of the Communitere International family of organizations. When there is a disaster, Communitere operates with the principles of response, relief, and renewal. Communitere helps create lasting infrastructure designed to be used and maintained by local communities. Communitere supports community members in renewing their communites with their own ideas and goals, ultimately strengthening Haitian civil society through a bottom-up approach to development.
What We Do
Hait Communitere is based on the idea that communities are not passively waiting for outsiders to come and help. We believe that communities are actively constructing their own futures. That’s why we do not “intervene” in communities but, instead, provide a space where communities can realize their own plans and choose from a variety of tools and models that we help make available for them.
The process by which we approach our engagement with communities is as important as and is an integral part of the final product we deliver. A project that creates something apparently beautiful without any community engagement is less sustainable and more fragile than a project with a lot of community engagement.
Sustainability: Quick impact activities with high visibility can result in a quick outpouring of funds. However, we believe sustainability is more important. At Communitere, sustainability means: (i) environmental sustainability (choosing the most environmentally friendly materials and processes) ; (ii) economic sustainability (creating projects that will continue beyond the realm of any donated funds); and (iii) cultural sustainability – engaging in a way that supports and respects local culture.
Haiti Communitere strives to serve as a support system and resource center for local communities, social entrepreneurs and development groups. The projects come from our partners and we facilitate these projects through access to resources, people and ideas. By doing this, we help to reduce overhead for organizations and businesses and lower barriers for the local community. We are working with our community partners on the following initiatives and projects:
Resource Center: Haiti Communitere’s Resource Center includes: (i) Computer Lab – available for community use and training sessions: (i) Large Workshop – available for training in construction and furniture-making complete with tools. This space is also available for events. (iii) Meeting Room – equipped with projector screen and air-conditioner. (iv) Co-working space with WiFi. All resources are available for free for local organizations. International organziations pay a small fee.
Office Space and Storage Space: Haiti Communitere offers office and storage space at very low cost for local and international organizations. This is a unique opportunity for organizations to share operating costs, pool resources, and network with one another, while enjoying the benefits of HC’s international connections. Organizations that rent office space enjoy free access to all of our resources and discounted accommodations prices. Storage space is also available on our base with 24-hour security.
Tab Wond: Haiti Communitere partners with the Tab Wond, a group of twelve local organizations based primarily in Cite Soleil that come together monthly to discuss their ongoing initiatives. Under the Tab Wond, Haiti Communitere funds the Dernyer Kilomet, a micro-grant awarded each month to a small project with large impact that requires a final push to achieve its objectives. Each winner of the Dernyer Kilomet is selected through an open and transparent process by the members of the Tab Wond.
Disaster Risk Reduction Project: Haiti Communitere is teaming with twelve local volunteers to coordinate the training and equipping of a first-response team that can in turn help prepare the thousands of at-risk families in Cite Soleil to face natural disasters. Click here to donate to this project and become part of our efforts.