Response. Relief. Renewal.

Our grassroots approach involves an active, experienced, on-the-ground presence with a focus on providing the resources, processes and tools required to empower local people and groups to take an active role in the renewal and strengthening of their own communities. In addition, we are committed to bridging the gap between individuals who are willing to help and organizations that can effect change. Central to that commitment is the notion that communication, information, and strategic partnerships are vital for strengthening local communities in their renewal.

Communitere has been on the ground in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. We look forward to sharing how Haiti Communitere has supported the recovery efforts and how our renewal efforts continue to make a difference.



When disaster strikes, Communitere responds. Haiti Communitere was established immediately after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Our assessment teams worked with community members and organizations to provide immediate emergency services and support.

Communitere launched location specific relief programs that fostered connectivity and the establishment of aid that was truly needed by the local community. Our programs filled gaps in humanitarian assistance and promoted sustainable resource use.

Communitere is currently in the Renewal phase in Haiti. In this phase, Haiti Communitere helps create lasting infrastructures designed to be used and maintained by local communities. We support community members in renewing their communities with their own ideas and goals, ultimately strengthening Haitian civil society through a bottom-up approach to development. We also provide the space for local, national and international groups and organizations that require the resources and a physical location to work with the local community to support their renewal.

Haiti Communitere Board of Directors

Our local Border of Directors is composed of great community leaders. They own businesses, head grassroots development initiatives, and bring people together for Haiti. Our board members are: Regine Theodat, Winter Luc, Lucho Jean, Olivier Taluy, Melissa Day, Louino Robillard, and Daniel Tillias.

Haiti Communitere Staff


Country Director

Janet comes to us with nearly 15 years of experience in international development! Between all those years spent running NGOs in places like South Sudan and Guatemala and her two Master’s degrees in Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Aid, Janet quickly became an invaluable leader for our in-country operations.


Office Manager

Josette, our dear Josette. In addition to being our full-time excel spreadsheet and Quickbooks extraordinaire, she also finds time to go to school to finish up a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (and take Mandarin classes!). If the Josette you see on the picture does not seem too familiar with the one on base, it’s only because Josette likes to change things up every few weeks with a new hairdo.


Hospitality Intern

Carol comes to Haiti from Delaware in the United States. After spending two years teaching English in the Pacific, she decided to travel to Haiti just because it sounded like an interesting place to live and learn more about development. She lives on base and likes to chat with guests in the evenings to hear all about where they have been and what they have seen.


Base Support Volunteer

Kenel started stopping by Haiti Communitere in 2013 and officially came on as a member of the team in 2017. Originally from central Haiti, he spent 2 years in Portland, Oregon, studying agriculture, before returning to Port-au-Prince. He is our go-to guy who can help with everything from translation to gardening to chess.