June 26 - July 28, 2015 Program Launch Mission We also want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with us
Inauguration of the CEN Haiti Office on July 25 and official launch of the Community Organizing component of the CEN program.
January 7 - 28, 2015 Implementation Readiness Assessment Mission We also want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with us
On January 7th, 2015, Jean Ronald Jean-Baptiste and Armele Vilceus went to Haiti to evaluate the CEN program. They spent two full days working with the Haiti team assessing CEN readiness to move from preparation to implementation stage. They took a field trip to two of our pilots areas. For the remainder of the mission Theye worked on the project documents required to register CEN in Haiti and met with key local leaders. USAID has expressed interest in co-financing the CEN program and the pilot projects.
1. Opening of Haiti Office
CEN now has a brand new office in the heart of Petion-Ville. The address is 97, Rue Panamericaine, Bagatelle Plaza, Petion-Ville.
2. Visit of Phillippeau and Belle Vue la Montagne On January 11th, the Haiti team organized a field trip to Phillippeau and Belle Vue la Montage. Mike and Nuala from UU Mainline church in Pennsylvania joined us. It was Nuala's and Mike's first visit to Petion-Ville and they got to experience another side of Haiti, as well as the beauty of the landscape. They also have a better understanding of what we want to achieve in Haiti and like our approach. They have invited the US team to visit the UU Mainline church in PA to present the CEN program and explore partnership opportunities. Their church has been active in Haiti for years. Date will be confirmed, once their church leaders are briefed on the visit.
3. Meeting with USAID - January 28 They were invited to the US embassy in Haiti to meet with the USAID team in charge of RFP to present the CEN program. USAIS is interested in co-financing CEN, the pilot projects and most importantly Peepoople. With our proposal, they want us to submit a 3 year budget and a detailed plan on how CEN will empower the communities to manage and sustain their projects.
4. Next steps - Finalize the registration of CEN in Haiti with govt agency (what is missing: team names, passport #, and address). They want to make sure we did not make up a list of names. We also need to finalize the budget for the next three years to operate CEN (Tesa, Aline, Ezekiel, Ronel and I are working on this).
- Finalize CEN guidelines (Bob and Ralph)
- Make contact with other donors and partners (Rollie, Tesa and Armele)
- Official launch of CEN in Haiti - End of March or begining of April (A few us from DC will attend).
October - December 2013 Mission to Haiti
3rd Program Preparation Mission We also want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with us
The preparation process is progressing well. Below is an update of what has been accomplished during this mission and legalization status of CEN in Haiti.Accomplishments so far:
- We have a strategic team of 8 people in Haiti from diverse background – very dynamic.
- This time the team met with various groups (mostly religious, merchants and others, as well neighborhood associations) to help them elaborate their strategies on environmental protection, which will be shared with SMCRS* and the Mayor, in a workshop in Pétion-Ville and in Washington DC (TBD).
- We also met with voodoo practitioners and the 16 city councils (initial meetings were organized for us by SMCRS and the Mayor’s office) We were asked to start a pilot program, while we are preparing the program. We are helping a locality called Philippeau elaborate a development plan which includes a list of priorities for the area, and putting in place a sensitization program to improve sanitation and infrastructure maintenance in Philippeau.
- We are also assisting two other localities (Jacquet and Belle Vue la Montagne - rural area) preparing their development plan, and also helping them structure themselves, like Philippeau. We have had initial meetings in another six localities as well, where they have expressed strong interest in the program.
- An experienced artist in the area has prepared two paintings that show how Philippeau (which is now a slum) will look when all the projects are completed. We will upload before and after pictures on Facebook, to help attract support for the different projects.
- We are planning to create five billboards to put throughout the city to attract support for the projects.
- We also have a famous singer who offered to act as ambassador of Philippeau, to also help attract support in Haiti and abroad (A.T.R.O.S from Rockfam). He already had three meetings with the local artists, to put in place a sensitization program in collaboration with the youth.
- Translation of the website is completed. We have already created the French site and it will be launched once we finish uploading the information.
Legalization of CEN in Haiti (the Mayor's office is helping facilitate the process)
To complete the legalization of CEN in Haiti, we need: - two letters of recommendation from two international NGOs operating in Haiti. - certified translation of the 501(3) and the articles of incorporation which were filed in MD mid October 2013. - a new bank account in Haiti with a minimum of $1,160. - the Mayor's office has offered to help organize a meeting with a group of potential partners and donors, so that we can present the CEN program. *SMCRS is a government agency in charge of solid waste management.