MODEL VILLAGE - BON DOS (BONDEAU), HAITI
ReThinkHaiti’s goal is to effect change using elements of the U.N. MODEL VILLAGE incorporating the requirements of local context.
THE ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES OF THE MODEL VILLAGE CONCEPT ARE :
THE PROJECT WILL BE EVALUATED RELATIVE TO GOALS THAT ARE:
Pillar I Education
Early childhood programs - Primary and secondary school, relevant curriculum - Structured & regimented boarding school - Teacher training - Technical and Vocational training (youth, adults) - Technology
Early childhood programs, relevant primary and secondary school programs, vocational training, teacher quality and technology. A boarding facility will also be constructed to allow disenfranchised children who to be provided a structured and regimented learning environment to foster maturation.
For subsistence farming and agri-businesses – will include, but are not limited to organic farming, fruit trees, animal husbandry, irrigation systems, re-forestation, and aquaculture. 62% of the population of Haiti derives its living from agriculture. But lack of irrigation water, seeds, fertilizer and proper storage facilities impede the growth of a more substantial economic return from agricultural lands. Through Partnership with the state of Haiti and local Government, ReThinkHaiti.org will acquire a large communal farm (200+ acres ) in order to move the community toward sustainability, by establishing several ecologically sound agri-business projects. Profit from those projects will be reinvested throughout the community. Labor for the farm and its projects will come from residents of the community. All will benefit.
Pillar III Economic Development
Economic development is the increase in the amount of people in a nation's population with sustained growth from a simple, low-income to a modern, higher-income economy.Its scope includes the process and policies by which a nation improves the economic, political, and social well-being of its people.("In the River They Swim", Steven M. Sheffrin (2003).
a. Transformation of lives from abject poverty to self-sufficiency and growth.
Small business development - Aquaculture - Fishery - Energy - Training, construction trades - Transportation - Tourism - Arts and Crafts - Cyber café - Retail markets - building materials/contruction - vehicle repairs - arts & crafts production/sales - moto - waste management/recycling - security services - emergency medical services - small scale manufacturing
b. Micro-credit initiatives
Microcredit is the extension of very small (microloans) to those in poverty, designed to spur entrepreneurship. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment, and verifiable credit and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional loans. Microcredit is a part of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.
c. Empowerment of Women
OTHER REQUIRED COMPONENTS FOR SUPPORT
Utilities - Communications - Roads - Transportation - Schools - Community Center - Health care facility - Sports Arena
Bon Dos infrastructure will be developed to include:
In Bon Dos, more than anywhere else in Haiti perhaps, WATER is the key to Life and the basis for all other pursuits.
Single family units, extended families
Health Care - Wellness
Health care, preventive and emergency -
Dental care -
Parenting skills -
To teach the principles of Community and to assure that the "RTH" model may be replicated across Haiti, the plan will also include:
Entreprenurial Skills Development Center
Small business development, management, and impact on family and the community as skill sets will be provided, from training through launch and support beyond.
Center For Rural and Urban Planning and Zoning
ReThinkHaiti is a member of the "Bon Dos Haiti Task Force Coalition," (a coalition of NGO's, government agencies, academic institutions and individual) and will provide the leadership and structure for development of this model village.
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