In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, and people around the world mobilized to raise funds for recovery. Nearly three years later, much of Haiti is still in ruins. Part of the problem is that while there are many development groups on the ground, their works are disparate. Unemployment is high, and while there are enormous numbers of Haitians working to rebuild their communities, there isn’t a place for them to come together. JCI, an excellent community-based nonprofit, conducted a detailed needs assessment and is now working on building a community center in Haiti. The center will offer employment opportunities not just in its construction but in its ongoing mission to provide economic empowerment, child care and project development. It’s a great and important project. More details are below. And getting involved is simple. Sign up, shop online and make money for your giving fund.
Once completed, the center will provide hope and positive change to the community through exciting and inventive opportunities. These include a community radio for educational and informational programs as well as a daycare to support working parents. The center will also provide many offices and conference rooms for groups within the community to meet, coordinate and plan future projects that will support the development of the country. While the center will offer much needed resources, its presence in the community will bring many opportunities for progress including economic empowerment.
Within JCI Haiti’s plan for the community are action steps to train and employ Haitian citizens to build and maintain the community center. This training will provide members of the community with new skills and opportunities for employment. As outlined in the JCI Active Citizen Framework, education and economic empowerment are the engines that drive a society toward prosperity. Therefore JCI Haiti’s plans for a community center will be an invaluable way to create lasting positive change for their country, and they are ready to begin.
The land is purchased, the plans are finalized and JCI members and friends in Haiti are ready to start construction. However, they cannot do it without help from young active citizens around the world. JCI has partnered with Pure Charity to allow JCI members around the globe to show their support. Pure Charity is a non-profit organization that allows you to generate a personal “Giving Fund” by shopping and earning rewards. As you shop online at any of the stores listed on the Pure Charity website, a percentage of your total sales will be put into your “Giving Fund.” You can then use the money you raised to support a local or national JCI project of your choice, such as building JCI Haiti’s Community Center.
Turn JCI Haiti’s dream of creating positive change into a reality by supporting their three phases of development: building the center, furnishing the center and managing the center. This is a great opportunity for JCI and we look forward to expanding this initiative, promoting several JCI projects, and connecting with JCI members, family and friends around the world! So dare to act and start your Pure Charity account today to support the construction of JCI Haiti’s community center. Follow the instructions below to start creating positive change in Haiti and around the world.
- Haiti Check-In by Jill April 27, 2013