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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.

Bike Ride Jersey

Hope-raising Drive

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Drive to Support Color of Hope

Make a one time gift of support 

Become a Monthly Supporter

Become a Hope Agent

It’s that time of the year when we ask you to make a financial contribution to the incredible work and symbol that Color of Hope represents in our community and country. From October 17th to December 5th, we are asking our friends and supporters to make a contribution to help sustain and continue our work. Your contribution of any amount will go a long way.

As you know the task to empower and improve the lives of our people is a daunting task that requires dedication, love and resources. We’ve found dedicated individuals with love, however we are many times in need of resources. That is when we turn to you for your support. Would you please help us by making your financial contribution now. It’s fast, easy, secure and most importantly it will make a world of difference in the lives of so many people.


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We thank you for allowing us to serve.

Save the Date to Save Haiti 1-10-2015

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Register for the Save Haiti Bike Ride now

Next January marks the 5th Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride and we would love for you to join us. Mark your calendar for January 10, 2015 for a fun, challenging and worthy event.


Besides getting in great shape and having fun, this bike ride event benefits Color of Hope, a non-profit organization, that is improving lives of the Haitian people by providing access to education, resources and a technological environment for our youth in Haiti to develop 21st century skills.


The event begins in Miami and ends in Palm Beach County at the cultural plaza in Lake Worth. If you are more of a casual rider, no worries! You do not have to do the entire ride. You can chose to ride your city, county or just a few miles. So, get ready… get set…start training!


Wait!!! One more thing, there are ways you can ensure that the 5th Annual Save Haiti Bike Ride is a success and that more children and families are empowered with education in Haiti.
Below are a few ways you can help even if you are not a rider:
– Make a donation to help us meet our goal
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–  Start a fundraising page to help us – Click below to get started  
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– Sponsor a biker
– Refer a sponsor
– Volunteer for the event
Please let us know if there are any other ways you could help. Click here to email us

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 



I know that Haiti needs me

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I want to be a hope ambassador because Haiti needs me.  Over the years we’ve all heard about the loads of money that have been given to Haiti, the slew of aid that came through and the plethora of well-meaning plans from various diplomats and individuals that have been presented but Haiti is still worse off than it ever was for its children.  Why? Because we, as children of Haiti, have not realized that what Haiti needs, right now, is us, at our best.

Haiti Hope Ambassador to be Marli Lalanne

I know that Haiti needs me. I am the secret ingredient to my country’s salvation.  I am here not to point out the problems but to work towards the solutions, not to complain but to contribute.  Becoming an ambassador will help put ME first for Haiti as I work side by side with others to garner the money and resources we need to be effective.  Color of Hope challenges us to raise one Million dollars for Haiti and offers us transparency as well as an input in what that money will achieve for our country.  I put my hard earned money and precious time into meeting the Diaspora Million dollar challenge.  I put myself into making Haiti the kind of place my children can grow up in and I urge you to do the same because Haiti also needs you and it needs us working together, trusting each other and loving our nation with actions to survive.

You can take action by contributing to my ambassadorship and in doing so helping us raise 1 Million dollars for Haiti within the Diaspora, sending a message of hope to our fellow Haitians in Haiti being part of an undeniable testament of power and ownership from the Haitian Diaspora.  Every little bit helps and adds up.  Give as much as you can and don’t be afraid to give too little.  To become an ambassador yourself email [email protected]

Thank you so much

Help me Marli become a Hope Ambassador for Haiti



Much Love

Marli – Future Hope Ambassador


Great things happen when overused adages like “men anpil chay pa lou” and “L’union fait la force” are applied. I embarked on this journey to be an ambassador for Haiti because I really needed to count amongst the people who do something about what they care about, no matter how difficult it may seem at first. We will never succeed in changing Haiti if we never even try and now is the time to take action. Your contribution to the Diaspora Million dollar challenge and trust in this positive collective action for Haiti is truly remarkable and I thank you for taking a step many others need to take. You are indispensable for Haiti’s recovery and rebuild into the amazing nation we can all be proud of.

Thanks to you and the over 50 of my friends that have contributed to the Haitian Diaspora Million Dollar challenge through donating to my ambassadorship, I am now just $895 shy of becoming a hope ambassador for Haiti. Check me out https://colorofhope.org/site/haiti_hope_ambassadors/ Thanks again and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.



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The Winner Is…

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April 21st was a day to celebrate UNITY with FASHION and that day also brought a few pleasant surprises to the top three contestants of the Unity Contest, especially Miss Jessica Donette our first prize winner.

Jessica Donetter the winner of the Unity Contest

Runner up and third place were not promised anything during the time of the contest but our team felt that we should award their efforts and make them all winners, after all it was “Unity Night”. Third place received a special edition of the “We Remember Haiti T-shirt,” the runner up received $100 and the winner, Miss Jessica Donette walked away with a brand new IPAD.

“What a great event” said Diana Pierre-Louis of the Real Haiti. Special thanks to Lordana Design, Papillon Design for jazzing up the “Unity T-Shirt.” We can’t forget our partner Konbit For Haiti, Miss Haiti, Miss Black Florida, David Riche, Pkliz Restaurant and Lounge, 2KBes, our models, our performers,  our wonderful volunteers, and everyone else who came out to stand in solidarity with Haiti. As for the Hope Team USA, we’re heading to Haiti to do the good deeds you have allowed us to do with your generous contributions. Thank you for allowing us to serve those in need, we will see you when we get back, stay unified!

View photos from the Unity Fashion Show here

Unity Contest – Top 5

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You have helped us narrow it down to the top 5 and we thank you for that. Just one more thing; help us decide who should win the new IPAD. We will announce the winner during the Unity Fashion Show on April 21st at PKliz click here to learn more.

* While online votes will play a major role in the selection of the winner, this will be an anonymous selection.

You can view more pictures of people rocking their Unity T-Shirt on the UNITY WALL.

Jennifer Joseph

Nelson rocks the Unity T-Shirt

Nelson Garcia

Anne rocks the Unity T-Shirt

Anne Gessica Lafontant

Evens rocks the Unity T-shirt

Evens Jean-Baptiste

Jessica Donette