Future Generations Haiti promotes community-driven change and accompanies autonomous and successful Haitian communities that reinforces community strengths through the SEED-SCALE methodology, and by promoting inter-community exchanges and solidarity to build socio-economic empowerment that can scale up to a national level for Haiti’s advancement. We believe in community-driven development, in which we our agents accompanying a path to development and empowerment determined by the communities themselves. We see ourselves as students, learning from successful examples of community-driven change and facilitating the spread of local knowledge and experience. Future Generations Haiti also believes in the process of sustainable social change that goes beyond the output-driven traditional development projects.
WHY FUTURE GENERATIONS CAME TO HAITI
After the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010, the world was focused on the destruction and overwhelming need that was so evident. But what was less evident, and often overlooked, was the robust and resilient community response to the earthquake, with neighbors helping neighbors overcome and recover from the disaster. Seeing that few were focusing on Haiti’s strengths after the disaster, Future Generations decided this was an important moment to begin looking for evidence of community empowerment in the wake of the earthquake.
By mid-2011, a young social movement named KonbitSoley Leve had begun to form in Cite Soleil, Haiti’s largest ghetto, and was looking for guidance and mentorship. Seeing this example of community-driven social change, Future Generations decided to establish a presence in Haiti to help provide guidance, training, and support to community change agents in Cite Soleil.
WHERE WE WORK:With no geographic limitations, Future Generations Haiti has agents based in Port-au-Prince (covering the Ouest Department), Jacmel (covering the Southeast Department), St Marc (covering the Artibonite Department), and Cap Haitian and St Raphael (covering the North Department).Our initial pilot projects were in the four above-mentioned departments, and therefore our presence and community contacts are strongest in those regions. However, our contacts and networks are growing every week as we identify new communities and initiatives that are inspiring and instructive examples of change in Haiti.