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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 [email protected] or call 561-877-1264

Edike Ayisyen Pou Ayiti

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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 [email protected]

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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Solar Panels for Haiti Tech Center

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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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My Trip to Haiti

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Ambassador Marli In Aquin HaitiThis past week, I traveled with fellow hope agents and ambassadors to Haiti. Right out of the airport we hopped into a taptap immersing ourselves into the Port-au-Prince experience, ready to work. Day one, we visited the center (currently under construction) and fully appreciated walking the rough steep inclines treaded regularly by our team mates in Haiti.

We met the construction workers, assessed and discussed what needed to get done and set hard goals. In the midst of all that, I managed to get a personal fashion show, click here to check it out. I also expanded my Creole vocabulary and learned what a “gren 5” is. Day two greeted me with the earsplitting choral of roosters who set the tone for the short nights and pre-dawn rises that awaited us for the rest of our stay. Every day after that brought unforgettable encounters and experiences.

I spent time with one of the most beautiful and incredible women in our team heart to heart and I’m now so proud to call her my friend. I was embraced by joyous children who spoke their mind and once again demonstrated to me how much all children, no matter where they are born are the same, pure, precious and wonderful. It reinforced my belief that given proper nurturing and opportunity our Haitian children will thrive and lead not only in the prosperity of their country but in that of the world.

Hope Agent Jean Yves and others at work

During this trip, I felt a warmth and comfort I had never before felt in Haiti. There was a fraternity that allowed our group in Haiti to express their gratitude for the knowledge we were passing on without any stifling pride or resentment. I saw how open minded our US team was and how much respect and appreciation they expressed. I saw capable Haitians from various walks of life working together and we all came out wiser and closer to one another. That completely blew me away.

Ambassador Marli at work building the Hope & Innovation Center

We are building a center for the things that are at the center of all of our hearts, our future and our children. We want our children to know what they are worth and we won’t stop until we revive our fanm ak gason vayan.

Hope Agent Suze and LounaTo the hope team who made this trip so special, Thank you! Thank you for the hard work, thank you for the courage, thank you for the love. I give it back to you ten times over as we continue on this journey of hope.

View more photos from the trip at the links below:

Hope Team in Aquin

Working Together

Building Together

Celebrate Together


Learn more about Hope Ambassador Marli 



Think Critically

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Haitians are not taught to think critically. We simply don’t ask that many questions. Trying to discriminate between fact and fiction or just simply being inquisitive is largely frowned upon in our culture. And that fosters ignorance and ignorance is costly and it has already cost our people a great deal.

Consider what happened a few decades ago when scientist came down to Haiti and insisted on eradicating the black pigs because they claimed that the pigs were unsafe to consume. And, the peasants who depended on these pigs to survive were skeptical of that claim but there was no way for Haitians to scientifically disprove those claims, so we ended up killing off all the pigs. And whether or not there was something legitimately wrong with the pigs or whether it was a matter of special interest can be debated at length but what we all know for certain is that a lot of peasants lost their livelihood and that many people are still reeling from these losses even today.

Now when something so critical to your people is being put in question and people are mandating for a country to get rid of a very valuable resource and no one in that country can investigate to either confirm or deny such a claim that’s a huge problem. And you may say that it was a long time ago or you may say that there were other influences that would’ve made it happen regardless but let’s fast forward to today. Today, at present, we still don’t have a legitimate national scientific establishment in the country, in Haiti, so we’re still vulnerable to potentially nefarious information or potentially disadvantageous information coming from outside or, you know, even worse, people come in and they can take great advantage of our resources at our expense because we simply don’t know any better.

And… we see that it’s something that is engrained, again, in our culture where people can’t really understand what’s going on so superstition takes over and people try to make it pass for culture or tradition. When the truth is, people are just putting pieces together just trying to understand their environment a little bit better. So I feel like it is incumbent upon us Haitians to start being more discerning of what’s going on around us, to start really investigating and experimenting and trying to…offer or present proof to our stories, our theories that’s going to uphold the integrity of our research or things that we actually try to understand beyond just repeating something that we heard somebody say.

So today, I’m talking about how we’re un-inquisitive and un-speculative and I’m not just being critical for the sake of being critical. I understand the situation of a lot of our fellow Haitians in Haiti. They don’t necessarily have the luxury to seat around and ponder upon life’s great meaning but I’m still critical of Haitians because, you know, Haitians are you and I. Not every Haitian is starving (you know). Especially a lot of us living outside of the country, we have the luxury to really start asking these questions.

We should not just keep repeating things and we shouldn’t just wait for other people to tell us what’s going on. We should really be more investigative. Especially a lot of people that I see at the professional level, at the academic level in Haiti, they still are content just repeating things. They don’t really try to find out for themselves. And to change a country it doesn’t take 99% of the country to be like happy, well-fed, well-educated. It just takes the ones who can, the ones who care, to start moving and taking the lead and start asking those questions, start thinking critically to make a difference.

Consider this example and I posted a link to this story in my description box just to show the lengths that people will go to in the western world to come to a conclusion that makes sense, to answer a very probing question. Sir Isaac Newton, he actually stuck a knife in his eye to try to understand colors and they talk about colors at length in this story from Radio lab that I’m posting in my description box. So just think about how far this person went to do something like that and a lot of other people also devote a lot of time to try to understand something, to investigate, to look beyond the surface, the obvious, to prove or disprove something that has been told to them.

And this is the culture of knowledge and the encouragement to seek knowledge that we need to instill in our people, in our young people and our older people if they are willing. So think about it yourself and look in the mirror and find out: Are you a critical thinker? Are you an investigative, an inquisitive Haitian? Because this is what we need to progress, we need more inquisitive, critically thinking Haitians. So I hope you enjoyed this little segment. I hope we’re going to keep progressing together. I hope to see you next week. My name is Marli. I am a Haiti Hope Ambassador and keep asking questions.

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