3 years after the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti “Freedom – Move On” shares a positive message in this video set in the beautiful Haiti.
She post on her website:
“My friend Mike Snedegar invited me to attend an event for Generosity Water a few months ago and told me all about the non profit organization and how it helps fund hundreds of clean water wells in countries where drinking contaminated water kills thousands of people every year. This video made me smile. I wanted to help out and I am proud to be a part of this and so happy that I could help Generosity Water make a difference.”
Check out the video below and the full post on her website The Best Kind of Thank You
Leopard Capital is pleased to announce the successful initial closing of Leopard Haiti Fund (LHF). LHF is the world’s first private equity fund to operate and focus exclusively on Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.
The fund seeks to raise USD 40 to 75 million to invest in businesses in Haiti. The first USD 20 million of this target has now been committed by three international development banks:
- $8.5 million by International Finance Corporation (IFC);
- $8.5 million by Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), through MASSIF, a dedicated fund for SME development that FMO manages for the Dutch State;
- $3.0 million from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of the Inter- American Development Bank (IADB) Group.
Leopard Capital will now commence LHF’s investment activities while continuing to approach investors globally and locally to increase the size of the fund. Leopard Capital is concurrently raising a donor-funded technical assistance facility to finance capacity development initiatives within LHF’s portfolio companies.
Date: July 28, 2012
Newark Museum (Billy Johnson Auditorium)
49 Washington St. Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: The event is free to the public.
Must RSVP by July 23, 2012
Register at: Haiti Investment & Education
Two years ago today, the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince also catalyzed an outpouring of attention on reducing Haiti’s poverty and fostering its economic growth. As part of this ongoing effort, the USAID Mission in Haiti has partnered with Development Innovation Ventures to launch the DIV Haiti initiative.
The DIV Haiti initiative will invest in solutions that target the four focus areas of the U.S. Government strategy for rebuilding Haiti: infrastructure and energy; food and economic security; health and other basic services; and governance and rule of law. DIV and USAID/Haiti will rigorously test the projects we fund, and help scale those that are proven successful.
“The DIV Haiti initiative will tap into the ingenuity of people in Haiti and around the world to identify, test and scale solutions that help reach development goals in Haiti quicker, cheaper, and at a wider scale,” said Maura O’Neill, USAID Senior Counselor and Chief Innovation Officer.
Through the DIV Haiti initiative, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, academics, NGOs and others from across the world can apply for grants to develop, test and scale up innovative ideas and cost-saving development solutions to the U.S. Government’s four focus areas in Haiti. Proposals will be carefully vetted to ensure that they are tailored to the Haitian context and their impact rigorously measured.
“Through this partnership with DIV, we seek to attract game-changing ideas that can have countrywide impact and secure a brighter future for the people of Haiti,” said USAID/Haiti Mission Director Carleene H. Dei.
How to apply
The DIV Haiti initiative seeks applications through DIV’s Annual Program Statement (APS). Review the APS addendum specific to the DIV Haiti initiative here (pdf). Deadlines for selection rounds close on January 16th and April 16th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
To learn more
As 04:53:10 pm on the 2nd year anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti approaches, we all REMEMBER that day and appreciate life more as a result of it. To see a city…a nation reduced to rubble in 35 seconds was beyond humbling; it felt as if the world stood still. For a moment in time, the world stopped and noticed the little island 600 miles off coast Florida and watched as the horror developed.
Men, woman and children called out in agony while trapped beneath piles of concrete and steel. Newborn lives cut short, children left without parents and parents left without children. Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost that day and millions were forever changed. Just imagine losing your entire family and everything you own in the same day; everything you have ever loved and worked for gone, just like that.
Today we remember Haiti and we pray for her on behalf of all those that truly BELIEVE in “A Brighter Future for Haiti”.
We pray that the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives have found peace, and that their families are healing from the pain of losing a loved one.
On January 12, 2010 at 04:53:10 pm the lives of the Haitian people were forever changed. Today, January 12, 2012 at 04:53:10 pm [EST] we call on all supporters of Haiti to observe a Moment of Silence in honor of the earthquake victims, their families and those who continue to struggle. Let us come together and reflect on where Haiti was 2 years ago while recognizing some of the positive progress that has been made in the country so far.
There is strength in unity and promise for our people. Let us keep Haiti in our hearts and continue to lift her up through our actions.
L’Union fait la force!
BAR Architects: Haiti Partner’s Children’s Academy
(”Haiti Partner Children’s Academy’ by BAR architects, port-au-prince, haiti all images courtesy BAR architects)
The members of this san Francisco-based practice BAR architects collaborated with Haiti partners to develop the ‘Haiti Partner’s Children’s Academy’, a new self-sustaining community school in the post-earthquake devastation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Perched high within the hills near Mariaman, the learning facility will cater to 450 students from kindergarten age through level 12. Approximately 2,500 feet above sea level, classrooms of the 38,000 square foot complex will overlook the rugged and steep terrain which descends toward the dense urban center. The distance from the power grid requires the series of structures to collect its own energy from solar sources, harvesting of rainwater for irrigation, a local well for potable water and the use of composting toilets. A garden will be tended and managed by students for selling fruits and vegetables. the structure will be constructed with locally sourced limestone and reinforced cinder block. An outdoor amphitheater will be carved into a natural bowl-shaped condition within the hillside. Ground breaking begins in the fall 2011 with intermittent areas of the site to open in phases, with final completion projected for 2014.
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Providing families with permanent shelter in a post-earthquake Haiti is the kind of great work that speaks for itself. Today Mangoes & Lemonade: A Brighter Future for Haiti puts the SpotLight on Habitat for Humanity (Haiti). The video below highlights the work that Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has been doing in Haiti recently.
Video Credit: HFH
Learn more: See the report listed below and visit their HFH Haiti site for more
How YOU can get involved!
See the full list of ways you can help (here)