Haiti Support Project Announces Annual Pilgrimage to Haiti
(New York, July 20. 2011) Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Founder of the Haiti Support Project (HSP), announced today that the Haiti Support Project will lead its Fifth Annual Pilgrimage to Haiti, January 17-21, 2012, to visit the Citadel and other significant historical sites. The Delegation will also assess the progress of the recovery/reconstruction after the catastrophic earthquake. The Pilgrimage is part of HSP´s Model City Initiative which is designed to transform the lovely town of Milot, in the northern region of the country near Cap Haitien, into a Mecca for cultural-historical tourism as the foundation for people based economic development. HSP supports community-based education, health, economic development and business investment projects as part of the Model City Initiative.
Current plans are for the Delegation to also visit the Peasant Movement of Papay (the largest peasant organization in Haiti) and the Oasis Institute Camp which is the first stage of an ambitious effort to build a permanent academy to house from 700-1,000 children orphaned by the earthquake. In addition, the delegation will meet with officials of the U.S. Embassy, the Government of Haiti and leaders of civil society to assess the progress of the recovery and reconstruction since the catastrophic earthquake — with the objective of advocating for improvements upon returning to the U.S.
This year more than ever, HSP is placing a high priority on individuals who have a capacity to mobilize human and material resources to impact the recovery/reconstruction process in Haiti, including humanitarian assistance of a developmental nature and business investment. Accordingly, Dr. Daniels is inviting outstanding faith, political, labor and business leaders, agricultural specialists, policy analysts and journalists concerned about the future of Haiti to be part of the Pilgrimage. The estimated cost per participant is $1,600 – $1,800 inclusive of airfare, lodging based on single occupancy (double occupancy approximately $300 less), air and ground transport in Haiti, tour of the Citadel and facilitation fee, depending on the point of departure. A deposit will be due October 1st with final payment December 1st.