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My Reason For Donating:
"I donated because it's time that we rely on ourselves. Haiti can be "la Perle des antilles" Zacharie Thelisma
"I donated because Haiti must change and this change starts with me" Frensisca Aristil
"I donated because I believe in a new Haiti " Sandy Guillaume.
What is your reason for giving to the Haitian Diaspora One Million Dollar Challenge Take a moment to let us know
Haitian Diaspora Challenge Fund A.K.A Haitian Sustainable Community Fund:
Suntrust Banks, Inc Acct# Ask about the Diaspora Challenge Fund
Bank of America Acct#Ask about the Diaspora Challenge Fund
mail checks to: P.O Box 5621 Lake Worth, Fl 33466
Although we can not ignore the deplorable conditions that existed prior to the catastrophic event of January 12 , this tragedy emphasizes the need for a more organized and robust response from the Haitian Diaspora to the suffering of our brothers and sisters. Our individual response to the tragedy has been commendable but as we know, our individual efforts alone will not be sufficient to pull us out of the rubble. These reasons and many more propel Color of Hope, a registered non-profit grassroots organization in Palm Beach County Florida, in collaboration with many more non-profits and individuals to launch this challenge to further validate the belief that the Haitian Diaspora holds the key to Haiti success and to demonstrate concerted leadership.
The Haitian diaspora contribute to over 2/3 to Haiti GDP through remittances and other philanthropic endeavors. Despite all of our attempts Haiti is far from being ideal. We believe that the problem is not so much a lack of capital, but a lack of structure, and effective collaboration models within the Haitian system.
We believe a solution can be found if we seek to consolidate our resources, and look to develop effective example of collaboration within the community. Through the Haitian Diaspora Challenge, we hope to share and expand our knowledge on most effective methods of collaboration. We seek to foster the spirit of collaboration by creating a space of open dialogue, inclusion, and activism. The fruit of this labor will further our community agenda through the creation of Community and Family Empowerment centers throughout Haiti.
Color Of Hope seeks to campaign against the mental and emotional fabrics of disunity in the Haitian community, while standing as a powerful symbol of collaboration and open dialogue both in the Haitian diaspora as well as Haiti. The campaign will isolate three key dynamics in the community, and advocate for:
*generational inclusion between old and young in the Haitian community
*cultural sensitivity between Haitians from different socio-economical background.
*Promoting the spirit of community service in the Haitian community.
Goal: Mobilize the Haitian Diaspora to pull together some of its resources into a general fund to assist more effectively with the reconstruction of Haiti. The program seeks to raise a million dollars.
Consolidate our resources in order to maximize our impact.
Engage the Haitian Diaspora youth in the rebuilding of Haiti.
Improve the Haitian Diaspora's effectiveness in helping Haiti.
Unify and organize our individual efforts in order to avoid duplication.
Our Team's Message:
It is said that the haitian diaspora holds the key to Haiti success. well this challenge will either validate or destroy this belief. Here is the challenge: Raise 1million dollars in the next 22 months. the money will go to open educational centers in Haiti, but what the money will do is not nearly as significant as the powerful message we, as haitian diaspora, will send to the world and to our haitian brothers and sisters. This will be a simple measurement of our commitment to Haiti as its diaspora. when we are able to do this together this will once again reaffirm our belief "l'union fait la force" (Unity is power).
Over 3oo,ooo have lost their lives during the earthquake of January 12 ( A list of the dead from the earthquake in Haiti can be found here 112Haiti.com), we have until january 12, 2011 to be over the $300,000 mark, which is an average of $33.333.33 a month. You ready? log on to colorofhope.org and donate 1 dollar to the Haitian diaspora challenge, and if you think you are your brother's keeper add a dollar more for each person you know ( family or friends) who may not be able to donate, it is just that simple. by the way, after you donate don't forget to check back with us as the website will be updated weekly to show our progress and we hope this will be a weekly rendez-vous for you as we try to once again make history, Thank you. Click here for French version
The 200 year struggle since our independence has incrementally robbed us of our confidence to make history again. The true meaning of our creed "L'union fait La force" ( unity is power) has not been lived out and frankly many begin to doubt our ability to truly unite.
This challenge, in addition to providing a much needed boost and support to Haiti educational system, seeks to give back the confidence of yes we can make history again. As our Haiti remains on life support we can't afford to have anyone, yes not even you, on the sidelines. Please join in by making your donation now ( French version|en Français)
The Haitian Diaspora Million Dollar Challenge partner organizations:
Dorsainvil Foundation (dorsainvilfoundation.org/) - U.S, Haiti
Crossroads Regional Development Corporation - U.S, Haiti
One Love-One Community Foundation, Inc - U.S
Foundation Sud Espoir D'Haiti Inc - Haiti
Merjorlynn Foundation- U.S, Haiti
Foundation Ernest Janvier - Haiti
Guylaine Richard, M.D.
Patricia B Weeks