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Last modified: July 6, 2008, 11:39 AM
In Haiti, people struggle each day to get free from conditions of extreme lack of access to basic resources and opportunities to improve their situations. Nearly everyone in Haiti wakes up engaged in a search for a way to make it through another day with little hope of changing their circumstances, but many go to sleep each night powerless, hungry and worried that a better life is impossible. Kledèv empowers people in Haiti to realize their true potential and to transform their circumstances to create a brighter, more prosperous and inclusive future for everyone, beyond the struggle.
Kledèv is a growing group of Haitians and Americans working together to develop ideas that fit the lives Haitians need to live and want to live. We're building an expansive, supportive network to jump start the transformation of Haiti's struggle into a social and economic reality that will have people's lives flourish. We're empowering Haitians to empower themselves where they are right now, by working together to discover hidden opportunities and finding out what's needed most. Were building partnerships that will put Haitians at the source of generating the power to design and implement the future of their families and their country.
Our aim is to create programs that combine providing much-needed basic human services NOW with a future vision for creating new infrastructures that support life and attract commerce. By designing structures that build from the future, and maintaining mechanisms for life support NOW, Haitians can breakthrough their current circumstances of hardship. By bringing these visions to life, opportunities are exposed for people to create their own livelihoods, making a real, lasting difference for their communities and future of their country.
By growing our programs to include people currently left out, and by fostering creative partnerships with organizations that have projects that are already working in specific areas, our promise is to expose access to a life beyond struggle for people in Haiti, now and in the future.
And by providing for the future of the most vulnerable – children and young people growing up with little or no guidance on how or even why to survive – we are committed to causing the turn-around of the trend toward crime and insecurity for these youth and youth at risk.
Haiti's history is rich with stories of things going wrong, and an impression is left that the future will naturally be more of the same. There's an image projected by the media, as well as by well-meaning charities and people who talk about Haiti that keeps it a desperate, helpless, third world country full of insurmountable problems with little or no hope of ever changing. The Haitian people are not that. Changing that image is one of our main objectives.
Life in Haiti can work, but we're interested in creating much more than simple workability. Haiti can become a unique and desirable tourist destination, a viable resource for the global economy, a homeland to return to. Haiti can be a country where people can choose to live prosperous lives – a place where life is possible.