Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, now United Nations special envoy for Haiti, feels that not much has been done in Haiti over the year after the earthquake.
“There are still over a million people living in camps. There’s no security. A lot of girls and women are at risk. We cannot underplay these realities. Pretty soon, what is considered temporary will become permanent, because it’s a way of survival.”
“What Haiti needs is investment in people’s capacities, in governance, investing in education. What Haiti is about, really, is supporting a population. Otherwise, we’ll continue with the same system that is not productive, not constructive, that same cycle of dependency that is very detrimental.”
“If we want to see a change … we need to start working differently now.”
Read the article in the Globe and Mail.
This is why Quinn, Jan, and Liam, the Brothers Dubé, decided to do something about it. They began by raising funds for relief efforts through Canadian Feed the Children. Later they turned to investing in Haiti through the KANPE Foundation.
Kanpe’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that the poorest Haitian families become financially independent. Kanpe is headed by a management consultant, Dominique Anglade, and co-chaired by Regine Chassagne, of Arcade Fire… both with Haitian parents. Also sitting on the board is Paul Farmer, the U.S. doctor who founded Partners In Health. They enlisted corporate support from KPMG, Domtar and McKinsey, where Dominique Anglade, the president of Kanpe, works.
The KANPE Goal
$2-million to help 500 families achieve financial autonomy in the village of Thomonde in central Haiti. This pilot project can serve as a best practice for how future aid is delivered to other regions of Haiti.
- Help Haitians help themselves by targeting families, starting with the 150 neediest families – with no income, malnourished children, and no hope
- Solve problems through a Haitian caseworker who assesses each family and comes up with a plan to get them back on their feet
- Eliminate the silos of competing aid organizations
- Partner with credible aid organizations in Haiti: Partners In Health and Fonkoze, a peasant bank specializing in microfinance
- Assess family needs and formulate co-ordinated solutions
- Include everything from health care to financial support to education
Measure, Evaluate and Improve
- Meticulously document, measure what works and what doesn’t work to replicate success
Photo: Copyright Globe and Mail, used kinda without permission, but we hope it’s okay
Help us to help the friends we do not know and have yet to meet in Haiti.
Attend our concert Kids for Kids for Haiti on Sunday, March 13, 4-7 p.m. at the Byward Heart and Crown (McGuinty Stage), 67 Clarence Street, Ottawa. Hear our recent original songs like “Reflection”.
If you cannot attend, you can still make a difference by clicking >DONATE< on-line.