Haiti's rural poverty has led to more than 133,000 people leaving rural areas annually for overcrowded urban centers or dangerous routes of emigration. People are leaving due to a lack of resources and too little opportunity. They are seeking education, health care, a sustainable livelihood. But what they find is squalid conditions in over-crowded, informal settlements without infrastructure for safe shelter, hygiene, or transportation.
Working with community leaders, we fill the opportunity gap together, working towards a Petit Trou that can thrive, one family at a time. We do this through four core programs, all locally-led and community driven: Education, Agriculture and Conservation, Girls' Empowerment, and Community Health.When you support the Colorado Haiti Project, you invest in Haitian leaders doing transformative work in education, girls' empowerment, agriculture, and health.
Our deep commitment to long-term relationships are the answer to creating sustainable, lasting change in Petit Trou. We envision a community that is self-directed & empowered, with opportunities for livelihoods that are sustainable locally & globally. Our programs work to create a community that is thriving, healthy, and full of opportunity, so that community members do not feel the only hope is to leave their families and their heritage to build a life elsewhere.