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Building Thriving and Sustainable Community Ecosystems in Haiti.

FCH-ESPWA begins to directly invest within local communities of the Grand’Anse Region on education, health and community development.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The Circles of Caring model is designed to nurture communities from a holistic perspective in order to address and meet the needs of children, their families and communities. Each circle is carefully crafted to come together to create real and lasting change. Utilizing the Circles of Caring model, developed by the International Child Resource Institute, FCH-ESPWA will focus on the following core activities to bridge the areas of peace, prosperity and planet. Circle One: Comprehensive Early Childhood Education and Care - FCH-ESPWA, along with its partners, will identify already existing early childhood education and care programs within Grand'Anse and work to implement improvement and expansion projects including, but not limited to: curriculum development, teacher and school management training, parent training and the built environment of schools. Circle Two: Child and Family Health - improved nutrition, food production and security through implementing the creation of kitchen/community gardens, which can be linked to schools and/or local health clinics/hospitals and can also be used to teach children and community members about the environment, vocational training, promoting community engagement and empowerment, improving community health and nutrition. FCH-ESPWA will also work to implement child and family health centers on the sites of early childhood education and care settings. Looking first to connect early childhood programs to already existing local health clinics and supporting their expansion. Circle Three: Sustainable Community Building and Development - FCH-ESPWA and its partners will implement local committees focusing on implementing projects rooted in the communities priorities to train and build the skills of local workers in projects that will also serve the larger community and region of Grand'Anse. For example: agriculture, road building and maintenance, the creation of village market places, resiliency and disaster preparedness.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries are the community residents of the Grand'Anse in Haiti. The Grand'Anse is one of Haiti's 10 departments. It is Haiti's bread basket and its last green reserve. The department consists of 12 communes and has an estimated total population of around 468,000 (Geohive 2015). Around 34,000 people live in the department's biggest city, Jeremie, which has been heavily impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 84% of the department's population live in rural areas (IHSI 2009; HaitiCulture). Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods pose major threats to the Grand'Anse. As far as the region's economy is concerned, 72.3% of people are in the bottom two quintiles of socio-economic well-being. The Grand'Anse is remote and lacks infrastructure. Child and maternal health coverage in among the lowest in Haiti. 14.5% of children under five are underweight for their age. As of 2014, only 35% of the population has access to improved water source. Secondary school attendance is below 13.5%.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our idea is unique because it focuses and invests in holistic, comprehensive and transformative change that is deeply and truly community led. FCH-ESPWA provides an open and inclusive platform for Haiti-led community-driven development and mobilizes local and international philanthropic resources to accomplish the following: 1. Strategic grant making focuses on sustainable long-term capacity building and optimal asset development. 2. Partnership and network development to promote effective peer-learning, resource sharing and resource allocation. 3. Leadership development of individuals, organizations and regions to ensure a long-term investment and commitment in nation-building. Our Community Leaders Network represents a key civic infrastructure that will be at the core of the execution of this "for the community, by the community" initiative. The program we propose is anchored in the priorities that were set by the region through FCH-ESPWA's participatory process.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

FCH-ESPWA is structured as a national network of regional funds; our vision is to foster thriving Haitian communities with justice and opportunities for all; nurture and support Haitian leadership focused on national self-determination and collaborative development.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The Grand'Anse is a region of rich beauty and it is a last great reserve of Haiti's environment, tradition and culture. It is a region of incredibly resilient, dedicated and motivated people and also a region very much left behind; a region with great need. Our inspiration are the people and places of Grand'Anse and the question "How do you make Haiti whole again?" It takes more than one solution, it takes long-term investment, long-term vision and patient and comprehensive action.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Building Community Ecosystems: 1. Building Peace - through creating increased stability as a result of the systematic and equitable inclusion of community stakeholders through a bottom-up participatory decision-making process engaging leaders from diverse sectors, socio-economic classes, and all political backgrounds, and through ensuring that children and families have what they need to not only survive, but thrive. 2. Building Prosperity - through building and supporting a system of sustainable philanthropy and development in Haiti and by supporting the continued improvement of local conditions which will allow for increased employment and economic development activities and opportunities, including vocational training. 3. Building Planet - through promoting and implementing resilience, disaster preparedness and sustainable community development projects that effectively promote improved environmental practices.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Consortium des Organisations du Secteur Prive de l'Education/Consortium of Private Schools Networks (COPSE) - is a structured national platform which regroups and represents the associations of the non-public sector of education. The International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) - is a global non-profit that works to improve the lives of children and families around the world. And many others: -L'Association des Ecoles Privees d'Haiti -Le Groupe de Reflection et d'Action pour l'Education -L'Association des Centres de l'Enseignement Prive de Delmas et de Petion-Ville (ACEPDEP) -La Founation Haitienne de l'Enseignement Prive (FONHEP) -Groupe d'Appui aux Parents d'Eleves (GAPEL) -La Federation des Ecoles Catholiques Prives (FECAP) -Le Bureau Anglican de l'Education en Haiti (BAEH) -Reseau d'Enseignement Professionnel et d'Interventions Ecologique (REPIE) -Hopital Saint Antoine, the Grand'Anse regional hospital -The Grand'Anse Chamber of Commerce -AMAGA (Grand'Anse Mayors

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

1. Established regional and international network 2. Very inclusive network from all points of view 3. Inclusive and comprehensive planning to support a different development approach model 4. Niche: first institution of its kind 5. Strong regional presence and good international reputation 6. Dedicated and consistent leaders, at all the levels 7. Mobilization of a large number of motivated volunteers, at all levels 8. Launching of a critical movement 9. Ownership of concept and vision

Geographic Focus

The Southwest region of Grand'Anse, Haiti

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 months: 1-12 - Activities will include identification of sites for pilot roll out, material resources needed for each program, and intensive training for project leadership. 13-24 - Pilot year - we will conduct pilot projects in three communes to test out activities and establish and conduct monitoring and evaluation practices. Year two will also focus on incorporating feedback and applying necessary structural adjustments. 25-36 - Building momentum by establishing new project locations

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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Attachments (2)


Synthesis Report on the Participatory Diagnosis on the Communes of the Department of the Grand'Anse. Regional Planning Process conducted with the collaboration of The Haitian Community Foundation Initiative and ESPWA.

Matthew Report Jan 17 draft.pdf

Community Needs Assessment conducted for the Haitian Community Foundation with the support of ESPWA and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.


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Great idea

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