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Stand With Haiti 2017

We are so excited to kick off the 2017 I Stand with Haiti Campaign.  A campaign to raise awareness and support for our work here and in Haiti. Be part of the 1804 donors we need.

Stand with Haiti 2017 Campaign

About the Campaign

Last year with your help we were able to:

  • Connect with hundreds of thousands through our media outreach initiatives aimed at changing minds and hearts to give hope and improve lives
  • Provide support and relief to Hurricane Matthew victims
  • Organize forums to discuss current issues affecting us locally and nationally
  • Provide training for over 100 teachers
  • Provide support and supplies to dozens of schools
  • Provide activities in technology, science and more to youth and students in Haiti And more

This year, we’re counting on your support to continue what we started, a movement to improve lives and make our Haiti beautiful again. The 2017 I Stand With Haiti Campaign includes different activities and events and spans from September 1, 2017 to our annual bike ride on January 13, 2018. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and funds to implement our programs in 2018.

We’re giving ANYONE who would like to see a better Haiti an opportunity to play a part in building it. Here are 3 ways you can stand with Haiti today:

  1.  Donate You can make a one time donation or become a monthly donor.
  2.  Fundraise You can start a fundraising page here or on Facebook. You can also organize your own fundraising events to help us meet our goal.
  3.  Sponsor You can sponsor any one of our fundraisers or fundraising events such as the Save Haiti Bike Ride

We know we can count on your support and we look forward to meeting our goal together. For more information email us at info@colorofhope.org or call 561-877-1264

Edike Ayisyen Pou Ayiti

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Education, Haiti Hope Ambassador, Message, Program, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Jun
10

Edike Ayisyen Pou Ayiti se yon inisyativ pou fòme Ayisyen pou yo ret lakay e sèvi lakay. Nou vle edike tèt, nanm, ak kè chak timoun, yon fason pou yo konn kiyès yo ye, renmen pwochen yo, fyè de peyi yo e travay pou li. Se tou yon mouvman pou valorize karaktè, konpetans, ak entèlijans. N ap travay pou talan nou yo jwenn oswa kreye posibilite kote yo ye a. E sila ki deyò yo, n ap chouchoute yo e kreye yon klima favorab pou yo vin itilize konesans yo pou amelyore lakay. #EdikeAyisyenPouAyiti #Ayisyen365

Edike Ayisyen Pou Ayiti

Kijan’w Ka Ede Oswa Fè Pati Inisyativ Sa a?

  • Pataje Inisyativ la ak videyo a toutpatou kote w kapab. Sitou sou medya sosyal yo
  • Mete postè Edike Ayisyen Pou Ayiti nan lekòl, klas oswa lòt institisyon
  • Kontribye lajan pou ede inisyativ la
  • Ede amelyore ak pwomote Kreyòl nan edikasyon an Ayiti
  • Sipòte/Sponsorize yon Bibliyotèk Pèp La – Kontakte n pou plis enfòmasyon info@colorofhope.org

Ayisyen ki Edike a pa Itil Ayiti

Ayisyen ki edike a pa itil Ayiti anyen. Sistèm edikasyon an #Ayiti pa prepare Ayisyen pou Ayiti. Nou mèt edike yon ban'n ak yon pakèt Ayisyen depi se nan menm sistèm nan se lave men siye atè. #EdikeAyisyenPouAyiti #Ayisyen365 #MkanpepouAyiti @colorofhopeorg

Posted by Ambassador Marli on Sunday, June 4, 2017

 

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Help Haitian Youth Think More Critically

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Education, fundraiser, Message, Program, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
May
13

In an effort to help young #Haitians think more critically and be less susceptible to superstitions and falsehoods, Color of Hope produced a scientific method poster in Creole. Now we need your help to distribute as many as I possibly can to educators, schools and other educational institutions in #Haiti.

A $25 contribution will provide 10 Creole Scientific Method posters for education. Our goal is to provide 10,000 posters to display in classrooms throughout Haiti. #IstandwithHaiti #scienceforHaiti #EducateHaitiansForHaiti #EdikeAyisyenPouAyiti

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Gear up and stand with Haiti

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in #IstandwithHaiti, fundraiser, Message, News, Pledge, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Mar
16

Congratulations!!! You have taken the pledge to stand with Haiti and make her beautiful again. now it’s time to let others know you have taken the pledge to stand with Haiti. When you make a contribution to help this movement grow, we will send you any of these items below as a token of our appreciation.

I stand with Haiti

Donate:

$100 or more – tote bag

$150 or more – water bottle

$250 or more –  “I Stand With Haiti” t-shirt

$500 or more receive all three Items.

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Help Aquin

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Oct
18

Haiti Hurricane Relief

Color of Hope is empowering individuals to help their home town in Haiti. This is part of the “I Stand With Haiti,  an initiative to restore and sustain the lives of those affected by hurricane Matthew. See message below from Dr. Assade Luxin and Herold Figareau natives of Aquin who are raising support to help the town.

“We’re teaming up with the wonderful people of “Color of Hope” to help rebuild the city of Aquin, Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. We want to provide materials to rebuild roofs and to put fishermen back to work. The hurricane left thousands homeless. Many homes are left without roofs, fishermen lost their fishing equipments including their boats and canoes. PLEASE DONATE TODAY!”

Click here to see Facebook fundraising page and progress 

President Obama Should Visit Haiti – #First2First

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Message, Trip, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
May
20

Let me start off with this. If president Obama, the first black president of the United States of America. The first black president of the free world, finished his two consecutive terms and did not visit the First Black independent nation in the western half of the world, the birth place of the first and only successful slave revolt, it would be a shame, a real shame.

Though I am not sure who the shame would be on, Obama or us, the one thing I know for sure is that, it would be very disappointing for History to be written that way. It would be a real blow to know that from 1804 to 1862,The United States refused to recognize Haiti’s independence, for no reason other than that it was a group of black people who wanted freedom, a group of black people who believed in equality; and now, fast forward to 2008 to 2016…. for the first BLACK president of these same United States of America not to even acknowledge or recognize Haiti’s contribution to the fight for freedom in the world, would be another slap in the face for black people everywhere. And it always stings a little more when it’s your own people hurting you. I know that history repeats itself but that repetition is one I can’t stomach and I hope we can avoid it.

Ok. now that I have gotten this off my chest. Let me, talk a little bit to some of you who may not be sure about the idea or perhaps not see the importance of a SITTING President Obama’s visit to Haiti. You may say; visiting Haiti… right now is not the time. Look we don’t even have a legit government. We couldn’t organize elections. Who will Mr. Obama meet with anyway?

Those are all fair questions. But, there are a couple of things I would like for you to think about… you know, as President Obama is nearing the end of his final term, he’s in what people call, legacy building stage, to not consider a visit to the first black republic as something of historical significance has to make us wonder. It should push us to at least look in the mirror and ask the question, have we  (and by we I don’t mean just Haitian politicians) have we rendered our powerful and amazing history and legacy worthless?

Or perhaps should the shame be on Mr. Obama for failing to realize the importance of Haiti’s history and to understand that not only would his legacy be missing something of value, but he would also be judged by history for ignoring that.

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Listen, Haiti has always been in the national media mainly for unflattering or depressing reasons, like a disaster or a coup. These things have kept many Americans from learning about the people of Haiti, including our own black brothers and sisters. Our dysfunctional relationship with the Black American community stems from that.

They have very little opportunity to learn simple facts about who we are. Things like how in the 1820s Haiti facilitated the migration of thousands of Black Americans seeking refuge from racial oppression. So many black Americans, young and old, are simply unaware of our history together as a people. A visit from the president could help introduce them to Haiti’s history instead of its misery and that could be the start of much better relationships with our black brothers and sisters in America.

And for those who may be prideful and say; we don’t need Obama to tell the world of our history or Obama has not done anything for Haiti, well, that…, can be said of many of us. and I am not sure if he owes us anything but he should at the very least acknowledge this important milestone in black history. And another thing, while some of us Haitians here in the US have enough pride to fill a bucket, don’t you think the people of Haiti can use a little pick me up?

A small reminder that they matter, matter enough for a visit from the president of the United States not because there’s been a coup and he is bringing back the ousted president, or because there has been a disaster of epic proportion and people have pity on them but because America’s leader respects their history.

I see the presence of the First Black President of the United States in Haiti as a MUST. Just imagine what this could do for the youth. It would bring 1804 to the present, and inspire true hope to our youth ..both at home and abroad.

Mr. President,…After the 2010 earthquake, you promised the Haitian people that they would not be forgotten or forsaken. One critical way to fulfill this promise is by traveling to Haiti this year. Haiti, at one point in History was a beacon of Hope, the people of Haiti provided Hope to all blacks and helped to liberate many. Your presence in the country, in my opinion will provide to our young people, something that no measure of foreign aid can accomplish. It would start restoring dignity, confidence and hope. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the people who have fought so hard for the very same causes you champion; liberty, equality, and hope.

Going to Haiti may not be the political thing to do, but it’s certainly the right thing to do. I know Haiti is like a diamond in the rough,I have to admit, it even looks senseless at times. But I believe President Obama should go and pay his respects to the people of Haiti who are still paying the price for Having had the AUDACITY to want to be free.

For The Love Of Haiti

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Apr
17

Color of Hope launches For The Love Of Haiti Campaign

A campaign to individuals who deeply care about people and the future of Haiti and are interested in raising funds to support and improve education as a way of creating a better future.

For The Love Of Haiti

Starting your own individual page will allow you a space to share your love for Haiti and your reasons for loving Haiti. Additionally, you provide a memorable, year round place for your friends and family to join and support the fight against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness in Haiti. In a way, you are being part of history.

For The Love Of Haiti

If it’s not you, then who? If it’s not now, when? Make a contribution now or click on fundraise to join the campaign and help provide quality education programs, access to technology and more to the Haiti You Love.

For The Love Of Haiti

I am loving Haiti by raising support:
To provide books to children & youth in Haiti
To help produce educational materials in Creole
To provide access to technology to youth and communities
To sponsor a mini library for a community in Haiti
To provide training for teachers and schools
To provide access to modern day tools to communities.
To help raise awareness about issues such as Restavek in Haiti
To provide support/school supplies to students, teachers and schools
To provide preventive health education programs/services
To provide initiatives gear towards improving the mindset.

For The Love Of Haiti

For more information email us at info@colorofhope.org or call 561-877-1264

Make a donation to help us meet our goal

 

Solar Panels for Haiti Tech Center

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Column, Education, fundraiser, Haiti Hope Ambassador, Message, Program, Technology     Comments No comments
Jun
12

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In 2012, just two years after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, Color of Hope launched the construction of the Hope & Innovation Center as a result of growing demands for our services and programs. The center is now the first ever community tech center in Haiti destined to bring 21st century skills to communities and youth.

Our programs range from introduction to computers to coding, from teacher training to story time, from science lab to movie night and everything in between. The best part of it all is that we take our programs on the road, even to the most remote parts of the country. Most of the programs are in their testing phases and are going great, however the NUMBER ONE issue we face in delivering these wonderful programs is the lack of electricity, and being environmentally conscious makes it even harder for us. As a Haiti Hope Ambassador, I endeavor to provide for the needs of the organization in order for us to fulfill our mission. This year, I am asking for your help to address this critical issue.

Here is what I mean; Haiti has an acute electricity problem. In Port- au- Prince, Haiti’s capital, the availability of electricity is very limited, and some regions of the country do not have electrical power at all. The average person in Haiti spends 281 days a year without electricity. The lack of electricity leads most businesses and those who can afford it to using generators to function. Our heart aches every time we must use a generator. The center is located in an area where we barely get 3 hours of electricity a day and it’s mostly during late hours. Sometimes the power doesn’t come on for days and that makes it extremely hard  to consistently deliver our programs.

The issue we face is not one without solution but we need your help. We would like to leverage Haiti’s great natural wealth of sunshine to provide a clean, conscious and sustainable solution to this grave problem.  We need your help to acquire an off grid solar system that will allow us to be consistent in delivering those needed programs to the people and put our heart at ease knowing that we are not adding to the degradation of the environment. For that, we would be forever grateful.

The impact of consistently delivering these programs would be immense. The people of Haiti are critically lagging in digital literacy and information technology.  According to the World Bank, less than 5% of the population has access to a computer and even fewer are regular Internet users. Many students in Haiti are forced to gather under street lights to study and do homework at night and most use candles which are unsafe.  The majority of Haitian citizens (56%) are under the age of 25 and they are being deprived of an opportunity to be viable contributors in today’s global economy or the local economy due to this lack of access.  Your support can help provide reliable power to achieve an impact that we can see and one that the communities in Haiti can feel.  Together we can raise and empower the next generation of Haitian leaders to create a better future.

Marli Lalanne Haiti Hope Ambassador.
“As a Hope Ambassador, I endeavor to provide for the advancement of our mission. Color of Hope’s efforts are aimed at cultivating our Haitian children’s potential to give Haiti a better future.This year, my goal is to address the critical issue of energy.”

– We thank you from the bottom of our heart for any donation and will share these tokens with you at the following levels:

$50 or more – Unity t-shirt

$100 or more – Choice of Unity t-shirt or Philosophy shirt plus wristband.

$250 or more – Unity t, philosophy, wrist band and a we remember Haiti t-shirt

$500 or more – complete set of our Save Haiti Bike Ride cycling outfit, 5th annual Save Haiti Bike Ride water bottle, wristband, and a choice of any of our T-shirts.

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Bike Ride to commemorate Haiti Earthquake

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Jan
7

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Marli Lalanne
Phone: 786 315-0625
Info@colorofhope.org

5th Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride
Investing In People for a Better Haiti.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (Jan 7th 2014) – Color of Hope (www.colorofhope.org), a U.S based not-for-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life of the Haitian people, invites the community to participate in the organization’s fifth annual Save Haiti Bike Ride. The event will begin at Moca Plaza in North Miami on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:45 a.m; registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. Participants and teams can register by visiting http://colorofhope.org/site/2014/12/5th-annual-save-haiti-bike-ride/

The Save Haiti Bike Ride is a community ride to commemorate the strength of our community, raise awareness and to galvanize support for the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.

Joining us for the ride will be; former State Representative Mack Bernard, Commissioner McVoy of Lake Worth, Commissioner Al Jacquet of Delray Beach, North Miami’s Mayor Smith Joseph, State Representative Kerner,  Mayor Triolo of Lake Worth (who will present the Haitian Earthquake Memorial Proclamation during the closing ceremony), Major Joseph Bernadel and many other community organizations and leaders including Haitian-American Connections INC and long time activist and educator Mr. Salusa Basquin.

The ride will follow a Sixty-five mile path through US 1 and West Dixie. At each stop, participants will celebrate with games, prizes and refreshments. Proceeds fund Color of Hope programs at the organization’s center in Haiti, which include providing digital literacy programs, teacher training, school supplies, access to technology and internet, mentoring, scholarships and special activities to enhance quality of life for the people.

“Last year, more than 200 people of all ages joined us for this wonderful ride. “This is more than just riding a bike, we are making a difference” said Hope Ambassador Portia Pierre, who traveled to Haiti last month to visit the center. “Please register to ride with us, or if you can’t make it, consider donating to help us provide access to education programs and 21st century skills to youth in Haiti” said Marli Lalanne Assistant Executive Director of Color of Hope.

Color of Hope (C.O.H) is a 501(c)(3) US based organization that works to improve the quality of life of Haitians in the U.S and Haiti. We provide access to education, platforms for constructive dialogue, resources and a technological environment for youth in Haiti to develop 21st century skills. For more information about our efforts in Haiti please visit our website www.colorofhope.org

Supporters:
WPBR 96.1 FM, City of Lake Worth, Apostles’ Ministry, Toussaint L’ouverture High School, Lake Worth Sheriff’s Office, Delray Beach Waste Management, RC Caribbean Restaurant, Bernard and Auguste., P.A., Memorial High School of Millville, NJ.

Escort for bikers provided by:
North Miami Police, Broward County Sheriff Office, Palm Beach Sheriff Office.

 

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5th Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride

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Dec
24

We hope you will get your bike and join us for the 5th Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride on January 10, 2015. It’s an enjoyable and worthy event. The Save Haiti Bike Ride also raises awareness about the dire situation in Haiti and remembers the victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Your participation helps support education and provides 21st century skills to youth in Haiti. 

Save Haiti Bike Ride

The event starts at Moca Plaza in Miami and ends in Palm Beach County at the cultural plaza in Lake Worth. Are you a beginner or more of a casual rider? no worries! We got you covered. You can chose to ride your city, county or just a few miles. You can also join in at any of the stops in Broward or Palm Beach County. For specific time and location see below.

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Schedule: Saturday, January 10, 2015
7:00 AM – Registration at MOCA plaza –
7:45 AM – Departure from MOCA plaza bike ride kick off
9:00 AM – Rest Stop #1 Young Circle
9:45 AM – Depart from Young Circle
12:00 PM – Rest Stop #2 Lighthouse Point ( Dan Witt Park ) – Lunch
1:00 PM – Depart from Lighthouse Point ( Dan Witt Park )
2:30 PM – Rest Stop #3 Toussaint L’Ouverture High School
3:00 PM – Depart from Toussaint L’ouverture High School
4:30 PM – Arrive at Lake Worth City Hall Annex Cultural Plaza – Closing Ceremony

Save Haiti Bike Ride

Bike Route:
Depart from MOCA , 770 NE 125th Terrace, North Miami, 33161 Cycling North on West Dixie Highway to NE 215th Street Turn Right at NE 215th Street and cross RR Tracks Turn left onto SE 1st Ave Turn Right onto Old Federal Highway Turn right on SE 5th Street Turn left onto US 1 north to Young Circle, Hollywood ( The Miami Casual Riders – Approx. 10 miles)

Rest stop #1 Young Circle Park – 1 N Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33022
Cycling north on US 1 – Turn left on S.E 7th street – Take Right onto S.E 3rd Ave. Make right on E. Broward Blvd and make left on US 1.  Make right on NE 44th Street (after..Copan) – Turn left on NE 22nd Ave and turn left into Dan Witt Park –
 (Approx. 20 miles)

Save Haiti Bike Ride

Rest Stop #2 Dan Witt Park- LightHouse Point – 4521 NE 22nd Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Turn Left on NE 22nd Ave Turn Right onto US 1 – Turn left onto E Linton Blvd – Turn right onto SW 10th Ave – Turn left onto SW 10th St. – Turn right onto SW 17th Ave. – Take the 2nd right onto SW 6th – Take the 2nd left onto SW 14th Ave. (The Broward Casual Riders -Approx. 12 miles) 

Rest Stop #3
Toussaint L’ouverture High School – 301 Southwest 14th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Cycling east on W Atlantic Ave – Turn left onto NE 6th Ave / US-1 N / FL-5 / FL-811. Continue to follow US-1 N. Turn right onto Lake Ave / FL-802 to Lake Worth City Hall Annex Cultural Plaza – 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL, 33460 – Ride Finish Line ( The Palm Beach Casual Riders -Approx. 12 miles)

Save Haiti Bike Ride

Fees: To register online CLICK HERE or mail your registration form and payment to Color of Hope – P. O. Box 5621 Lake Worth, FL 33466. Early registration: $35 per person – After 12/22/2014: $45 per person. Discount available for team of 5 or more. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, food and drinks throughout the ride. Fee is waived for sponsored bikers.

Sponsored Bikers: This year, we are offering every biker an opportunity to make a greater impact  in Haiti. Bikers who would like to make the pledge and get sponsored should email info@colorofhope.org or call (786) 315-0625 for more information.

Bike-Ride-2015

Preparation:
All bikers are required to bring their own bike and bring a bike helmet to wear throughout the ride. Upon signing into the ride at initial registration in North Miami or one of the rest stops, each biker will be provided with a T-shirt to wear throughout the ride. Please dress appropriately for the weather and the sporting activity. Please examine the schedule and route to be on time and decide the best starting point for you. Bikers can drop in and out of the ride between the two stops of their choosing. Only sponsored bikers are guaranteed a car ride back to their point of entry in the ride. All other bikers have to make personal arrangements to get back to their starting point as this is a one way ride that does not loop back.

Notes:
Bikers will be provided with drinks throughout the ride to stay hydrated and with power snacks at each rest-stop. Support vehicles and volunteers will be accessible all the way through. If at any point a biker gets tired they will have access to sit it out in a support vehicle until the next rest stop. This ride is not a race we anticipate maintaining a mild pace between 10 and 12 mi per hour. Please warm up and prepare your body for an endurance ride in the days preceding the ride. Children under 15 years of age must have parental supervision throughout the ride.  Closing ceremony is scheduled at the last stop to thank and honor all the bikers and supporters.

Contact: For further questions and clarification please email us or call (786) 315-0625