Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency

by Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action (ESPWA)
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency
Help 2000 Haitian Families Regain Self-Sufficiency

Dear Friends,

Before we do anything, we would like to thank you once again for your support, your donations, your comments on our reports... your solidarity.

What are we doing now in the age of Covid-19?  First, we have launched a Fighting Covid-19 in Haiti 4 Community Justice Campaign which aims at community outreach, support and prevention in rural Haiti. We're targeting 19 sections communales/19 villages in 5 communes/counties that have the least institutional support in the Grand'Anse, our Pilot Region which is critical for Haiti's agriculture, food security and environment.  Here's the link if you haven't seen it and if you'd like to support us.

Please check it out and spread the word!

Also, as you may know, the political crisis in Haiti had already negatively impacted the country.  Humanitarian agencies had estimated that one is three Haitians were suffering from food insecurity.  The Covid-19 pandemic is just adding to the misery of our communities.  For us, it is very much an ECONOMIC CRISIS as much as a public health one.  We are exploring projects to help community residents generate revenues, ward off food insecurity and malnutrition, and move forward with their lives.  Please keep an eye for our next campaign which will be focusing on mitigating the staggering the economic impact of Covid-19 on our communities and families.

Thank you, thank you again and again for having helped us to work with our communities to get 1000s of community residents and families back on their feet after Hurricane Matthew.  We are so grateful for your support!!!

Warmest regards,

Marie-Rose Romain Murphy (on behalf of the Haiti Community Foundation and the communities that we serve!)

Servant Leader

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Dear Friends of Haiti and Haiti Supporters:

We are never tired of thanking you on behalf of our communities.  Your support matters!  Our work grows even more critical and essential as Haiti's political situation continues to be volatile.  We CANNOT afford to regress.  Even as we struggle with the negative impact of the country's politics on Haiti's economic situation and on the day to day lives of our brothers and sisters, we refuse to give up!

Leve Kanpe is continuing to have an impact as it has created a "sharing" economy where community residents who benefited from our programs (from farm animals to replanting and house repairs) are helping others per program requirement.  This feature of our program reflects Haitian traditions of "entre aide" and "Konbit" or community support and coming together to solve community issues.

Please watch for our upcoming Community Dreams Fund campaign focused on supporting the economic empowerment of the Haitian communities that we served.  We have also been working on securing long-term funding from our long-term funders and donors.  Please, do consider becoming one of our monthly donors.  Every monthly donation contributes to the reinforcement of our capacity to serve Haitian communities better.

In solidarity!

ESPWA and the Haiti Community Foundation Network on behalf of the Haitian Communities that we serve

P.S. We are attaching three links to articles for your review. One is from Devex describing some of the challenges international organizations are facing in Haiti.  We are an organization of Haitians with local roots and identity, but the article does describe some of the contextual challenges.

Another article is from the Global Fund for Community Foundations. We made a presentation at their Global Forum in London that resonated with many participants.  We were touched that our story is inspiring global and local leaders!

The third article is one from Candid (a merged entity combining the Council on Foundations and Guidestar).  In this article, we question the nature of philanthropy and address the need to acknowledge the giving that each and every one of us "common" people do.  


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Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and supporters.  To all others, today is an opportunity to count our blessings and you are certainly among them!  Thank you for supporting us and making our work possible.


Today's report is simple as we are wrapping up Leve Kanpe and about to launch our Community Dreams Building Campaign.  Your support, your donation keeps on giving!  We've set up the program in such a way that community residents who had received our help, turn around and help others by giving some of their animal offspring or helping others with their seedlings.  Yes, you've helped to create a wonderful circle of giving that continues to make our communities stronger.


Life is complicated these days not just in Haiti but for all of us around the world.  Sometimes, we wonder about our lives.  Today, if you wonder and if for some reason, you question your life, know that somehow, you've helped to support not just hundreds of people, but communities that keep on giving.  We hope that you will continue to support our work through our Community Dreams Building Campaign coming soon on GlobalGiving!

 A heartfelt thank you to you!


Warmest regards,


Marie-Rose on behalf of ESPWA and the Haiti Community Foundation Network and the Haiti Communities that we serve.

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Thank you for being part of our journey... We couldn't have made it without you, our donors, our supporters, our believers!  We hope that you will continue to be part of our journey.

On August 11, 2019, our partner the Haiti Community Foundation wrapped up Leve Kanpe’s participatory self-sufficiency grants projects with ASOFAD (Base-Voldrogue),ACDEG (Fond-Rouge Dayère) & RKJL (Moron)-In case you are wondering, these organizations are three grassroots community partners of ours located in areas that didn’t get any support after Hurricane Matthew.

We helped to distribute roosters to residents (about 100% of farm animals had been killed by the hurricane in these areas!)

With your support--What we did right:

-We asked communities about their priorities (seeds, animals & housing)

-We supported the most vulnerable

-We built the program with them

-We reinforced their capacity as they Identified their challenges (program & financial management) ---

-They contributed


We’re deeply thankful for you, our Circle of  Believers who understand that effective sustainable development can only be achieved when communities lead themselves...

What’s next:

A Community Dreams Building Fund with local & international support.

Community foci:


*Education & Training

*Access to Water

*Collaborative development financing and  community philanthropy




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We can never thank you enough for your support.  Your support of Leve Kanpe has helped hundreds of families that faced complete devastation and no hope to get back on their feet and "see the light".  THANK YOU!!

The photos we're sharing portray some community residents that have participated in our program.  They are proudly showing the results of their efforts (new chicks, goats with their offspring...)  This is not to be taken for granted.  Too many programs of this kind (worldwide) don't succeed because organizations don't provide the "right support".  What's the point of giving animals to families if they (the animals) end up dying?  Right?

With the support of the Inter-American Foundation, our main International supporter in this initiative, we talked to other programs before developing this one.  Vaccination was one needed element as well as animal care training and follow-up.  Obviously, the quality of the animals given was part of the equation!  It takes attention to detail, it takes follow-up, management and... yes, love.

Antoni Gaudi, a famous Spanish architect stated that: "To do things right, first you need love, then technique."  He's so right!  You need to care; you need to come from a place of "love”!

As we're wrapping up this project, we're looking at continuing to support the communities and groups we've helped through other forms of support that "they have identified".  For example, many have a collective fund that they have built to support their progress.  We're looking at helping to reinforce their capacity by providing forms and training that they need to advance these self-financing structures.  They are called "solidarites mutuelles" "Mutual Solidarities".  These community-driven self-financing mechanisms are a fantastic strategy for sustainable development.  The political situation of the country may be worrisome, but if communities find a way to get stronger and more self-sufficient.  There you go!  There is hope, there's a pathway toward a better future.  

Thank you again for your support.  Please stay interested! Stay involved, as we keep working with communities on building a pathway toward a future for Haiti.  Watch for our next campaign!


In solidarity,

The Haiti Community Foundation Network on behalf of the Haitian communities that we serve

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Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action (ESPWA)

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
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Twitter: @planned
Project Leader:
Marie-Rose Romain Murphy
Cambridge , MA United States

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