You're Invited to the Haitian Diaspora in Development Series
On March 9th, the Haitian Coalition of Somerville will begin the second Haitian Diaspora in Development Workshop Series, (HDD)to serve anyone in the greater Boston area actively promoting development in Haiti or aspiring to do so. HDD is a 12-week, technical-skills training that will build the capacity of local diaspora members to plan, implement and oversee successful development projects while increasing visibility and support for their work. Over the course of 12 Saturdays, from March 9th-June 8th, up to 30 participants will gain skills in
· Participatory project planning
· Project management, budgeting
· Fundraising and partnership building
Throughout the trainings, participants will also gain concrete planning experience by designing projects for optimal positive impact on communities in Haiti. By the project's conclusion, participants will have a basic logical framework and budget to guide their future work and the fluency in core development concepts that will make them more competitive for larger funding sources.
Additionally, the workshops will include a train-the-trainers component so that graduates will be able to transfer the skills they learned either to communities in Haiti or here in the Boston area. The workshop activities will also emphasize participatory processes in order to ensure that when projects are implemented, community members are involved in the decision-making processes, including those who are illiterate or at risk of being socially excluded. The trainings will be based on Mercy Corps’ Localizing Institutional Capacity in Sudan program (LINCS) and will be adapted for a Haitian context and needs.
Images From the Coalition's Humanitarian Mission in Haiti
The Haitian Coalition of Somerville
The Haitian Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the social, educational, and economic development of Haitian youth and families living in Somerville and the Greater Boston area.It was founded to serve Haitians living in Somerville and surrounding communities following the flight of thousands of Haitians to the Greater Boston area after a September 1991 military coup in Haiti.
Haitian activists founded the Coalition in 1992 to meet the needs of these new immigrants who lacked the resources to thrive in Massachusetts.By 1997, the Coalition had gathered enough support from the community to become an independent nonprofit organization. In its early years, the Coalition fought racism, promoted Haitian culture, and helped Haitian residents gain access to services and programs from legal aid, social services, voter registration, and small business training.
Today, we continue to offer these and similar resources to our clientele primarily comprising of underserved Haitian immigrants.We offer literacy, ESOL and citizenship classes for adult learners and the elderly; health and education campaigns; support services and tobacco education for youths; parenting workshops and more.One of our newest initiatives is a partnership with Tufts University that brings resources to residents of Haitiís Balan community.