Strong roots. Building a strong Haiti.

"Haiti will spring up again from the roots, for they are many and they are deep."
Taken from quote by Toussaint L'Ouverture



Doing "real and permanent good" on behalf of the people of Haiti.



Haiti is a country that has felt the glory of freedom. 

Haitian people have hope, creativity, and spirit despite the despair of misery, poverty, lack of infrastructure, unsustainable use of natural resources and unbridled corruption.  Haiti’s people seek the chance to participate in lasting change for the good. 

Haiti is now a country in distress. It was already in distress well prior to the January 12, 2010 earthquake and now is in even greater danger of collapsing. Three images come readily to mind when describing Haiti: "weak governance, feeble infrastructures, high rate of illiteracy." As a result, there has always been the pervasive belief that it is impossible to make significant changes in Haiti and dismissively, the response to almost anything that is difficult, lacking, or substandard is often "What else do you expect ! This is Haiti (TIH)." TIH implies that Haiti and the Haitian people can not do better, do not deserve better, and whatever the current situation, it must simply be accepted.  In Haiti, the fight for daily survival can be so cruel and unbearably painful that the spirit erodes and separates the individuals from their collective experiences.

Typically, solutions involving conditions in Haiti have always been short term and expedient: a band-aid donation of food here and a container of supplies there, band-aids just the same. 

Here in Haiti, the land always makes promises of aching beauty  and the people always fail the land.  Questions are not asked.  Critical thinking is discouraged.  And "the more things change, the more they remain the same."  After all, THIS IS HAITI (TIH).

Change does not occur anywhere because of FACTS presented, FEAR implied, or FORCE applied.* But change is possible with Visionary Leadership which inspires people to believe that their condition can be improved; leadership which provides:
a. the proper training and facilitates the reframing of one's mindset
b. infrastructure to support those changes
c. human and financial resources to execute the projected plans.
* Alan Deutchman, "Change or Die"

Haiti can change. Haiti MUST change. But Haiti can not go through this transformation alone.  Support from the Haitian Diaspora, Non-governmental organizations (NGO's), international community partners and Haitian government entities are critically needed.  It is time indeed to reject "TIH" and choose instead to ReThinkHaiti (RTH) for not only is change possible, it is imperative.   Now it is time to step back and begin anew, to do what must be done with COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY AND COMPASSION. And Haiti as a nation will be transformed. Changes are possible.  Changes are imminent. Changes are required - there is no other choice.   

"History shows that it does not matter who is in power …. Those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning. “The Mis-education of the Negro” Carter G. Woodson


Joseph M. Bernadel 
President, RethinkHaiti
13900 Jog Road Suite 203 #237
Delray Beach, FL 33446 

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