There is a community of dedicated people in the U.S. and abroad who believe in the promise of a self-sufficient Haïti.

COMMUNITY REDEFINED

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck and devastated the island nation of Haïti. In 35 seconds, over 300,000 people lost their lives and more than 1.5 million lost their homes. We came because of the earthquake. We stayed because of the people.

We created Community2Community (C2C), a non-profit service organization in May 2010, to give the Haitian Diaspora and those with a heart for Haïti a platform to come together and share their expertise in a variety of areas – from education to medicine and from carpentry to communications – toward C2C’s goal of establishing lasting change in Haïti, and ultimately, other communities by working with indigenous leadership on the ground.

There are many communities of resilient, hard-working people within Haïti. They are industrious, humble, vibrant, hospitable people who are not looking for handouts, but rather for partnership and the tools to create change and an opportunity to experience the basic life essentials of good health, a home, employment and education for their children and themselves. They are not unlike anyone in the world who desires a good and fulfilling life. These fundamental necessities should not be met solely at special occasions, but rather incorporated as a normal routine of life.

FIRST-STOP: PETIT GOÂVE, HAÏTI

The work has already begun. C2C has a team on the ground in Haïti that is supporting current efforts on the local level in the coastal town of Petit Goâve, just 42 miles from Port-Au-Prince. Our goal is to see the community’s vision realized and our mission accomplished.

OUR VISION

Creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community.

OUR MISSION

Mobilizing resources to support the transformation of developing international communities into healthy, self-sufficient communities.

OUR PURPOSE: C2C 3E’s:

  • Expose people to C2C as an organization.
  • Educate people on the C2C Haïti Restoration and Transformation Pilot Project (HRTPP).
  • Engage people to join the cause and move from spectator to participant.
The proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”  C2C goes one step further:  we help the community get access to the lake.  That is how a self-sufficient community is created.
This is the essence of C2C creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community –– so that hopes become realities and the cycle reaffirms itself. We believe our unique model provides a way to reach beyond the pleas and the headlines, as well as the occasional miracle, to result in rebuilding neighborhoods, restoring identity and rejuvenating the spirit. It only starts with Haïti. We invite you to come be a part of something greater than yourself!

Are you ready to become a C2C Neighbor?

Lots of NGO’s march in with their vision of what they think should be done in communities like these, but I’ve been delighted to watch the evolution of C2C listening and building based on what they’ve seen and their own connection with the community.

Bryan H.
C2C Neighbor Since 2010

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