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Haiti Support Project (HSP)

Mission

As an initiative of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, the primary mission of the Haiti Support Project is to marshal moral, political and material support to assist the Haitian people to develop a strong and vital democratic society and a vibrant and sustainable economy as a free and self-determining people. Given this nation´s unique history as the first Black Republic in the western hemisphere, the Haiti Support Project seeks to build a constituency and effective base of support for Haiti in the U.S., primarily focusing on mobilizing the human and material resources of African Americans in collaboration with Haitian Americans. We believe that African Americans and Haitian Americans working together can make a significant contribution to the process of democracy and development in Haiti.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote solidarity between the Haitian people and Africans in America through cultural and educational exchanges, conferences and collaborative economic and political empowerment initiatives.
  • Provide ongoing information and analysis of the struggle for democracy and development in Haiti by organizing fact finding delegations/missions.
  • Work to influence U.S. policy toward Haiti to conform to the aspirations of the popular  movement for democracy in Haiti.
  • Mobilize material support and technical assistance for projects and programs initiated by organizations within the popular movement for democracy e.g., peasant, labor, women, youth, religious.
  • Provide humanitarian relief for agencies/projects working to ameliorate the plight of the poor. Mobilize assistance to alleviate crisis situations in the event of natural disasters.
  • Encourage support for investment in socially responsible business and community economic development projects and enterprises in Haiti.
  • Act as a good faith facilitator and mediator, where appropriate, to  promote justice, peace, reconciliation and  unity within Haitian society.

Background/History

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Ron Daniels, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) has organized numerous fact finding and support delegations to Haiti to familiarize African American organizations and agencies with Haiti´s history and culture and to identify critical material, humanitarian and social/economic assistance needs. HSP encourages African American organizations to provide human and material resources and technical assistance to match the needs identified by Haitian organizations, agencies and movements. HSP prioritizes providing assistance to organizations that have a civic participation/engagement/empowerment component to their program. Over the years, HSP and its affiliates have mobilized more than $5 million in material support assistance for Haiti in the form of school supplies, medical supplies and equipment, ambulances, farm tools/implements, computers, fax machines, office equipment, audio-visual equipment, AM-FM radios, grants and loans to micro-enterprises and educational stipends.

Deeply concerned about the political crisis and impasse in Haiti, in the Spring of 2001 HSP and Congressman John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, convened a National Emergency Conference on Haiti hosted by the Haitian Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts/Boston. In 2004, HSP sponsored Cruising Into History, a Caribbean Pilgrimage to Haiti mobilizing nearly 500 hundred African Americans, Haitian Americans and friends of Haiti to share in the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the first Black Republic in this hemisphere. As the culmination of more than two and a half years of an extensive national educational and outreach campaign, the Pilgrimage set the stage for the expansion of HSP´s effort to build a strong constituency for Haiti in the U.S.

In 2005 HSP sponsored two major symposia on the Future of Democracy and Development in Haiti (Washington D.C. and Atlanta) which brought together political parties, constituencies and leaders across the political spectrum to promote a national and international dialogue to explore the prospects of justice and reconciliation and the possibilities of a government of national unity. The symposia process is envisioned as a vehicle to bridge the deep divisions in Haitian society exacerbated by the U.S. backed ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004. HSP remains committed to continuing this process as a means of building and strengthening a culture of democracy in Haiti.

In May, 2006, on the occasion of the Inauguration of President Rene Preval and the restoration of constitutional rule, HSP announced a Pilgrimage to Haiti to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Citadel and the launch of  a Model City Project to transform the town of Milot in the northern region of Haiti into a Mecca for cultural-historical tourism. The Model City Project is an integral part of HSP´s constituency-building strategy of engaging the African American community in collaboration with Haitian Americans to mobilize massive humanitarian relief and developmental assistance to contribute to building sustainable, community based,  people oriented, democratic social and economic institutions in Haiti.

Haiti Support Project (HSP)

The Haiti Support Project and Pan African Unity Dialogue Call for Mediation to End the Crisis in Haiti

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts

The Haiti Support Project and Pan African Unity Dialogue Call for Mediation to End the Crisis in Haiti, Requests Sustained U.S. Support for the Haitian People The Haiti Support Project is deeply concerned with the chaotic, deepening and dangerous crisis unfolding in Haiti. This concern is shared by the Pan African Unity Dialogue, a US-based Diaspora umbrella organization comprised of more than 100 Continental African, Caribbean American (including Haitian American),…

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Who was Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Why Does He Matter Now?

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Reparations

By Julia Gaffield— Today is Haitian Independence Day, the anniversary of the revolution that defeated French colonialism. On January 1, 1804, Haiti became the second independent country in the Americas and the world’s first nation to permanently abolish slavery. But today is also a time to remember Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military leader, politician, and a long-neglected hero of the Revolution who actually declared Haitian independence. Born enslaved in Saint-Domingue (Haiti’s colonial…

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Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

By Editors' Choice, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Video/Audio

Free Speech TV sent journalist Herb Boyd to Haiti a month after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and he returned with this in-depth look at the situation on the ground in that devastated country. Dr. Ron Daniels of the Haiti Support Project, Alex George of the Destination Haiti Foundation, and relief specialist Joe Madison talk about the infrastructure problems the country will face in coming years, of which the destruction of…

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Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project

By Events, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, News & Current Affairs

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Stay tuned for information on the rebroadcasting of this event. What: A Virtual Celebration Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project When: Wednesday, December 30th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Where: Zoom (see info below) Who: INVITED RESPONDERS (U.S.) Paul Pumphrey Joe Beasley Don Rojas Peggy Robinson Myrtha Wroy Rev Gena Thornton Herb Boyd Richard Muhammad INVITED RESPONDERS (HAITI)…

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Haiti: The richest country in the Western Hemisphere

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts

By PATRICK DELICES  For decades, and up to this point, Haiti has had the inauspicious distinction of being labeled the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere despite its rich resources, along with its rich historical and cultural legacy. This lamentable economic reality in Haiti has overshadowed its richness, beauty and historical essence, along with the humility and humanity of its people. Haiti, the land of many beautiful mountains and people,…

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Dr. Ron Daniels: “Cruising Into History” — HSP’s 2004 Visit to Haiti

Reflections on “Cruising Into History” HSP’s 2004 visit to Haiti

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Press Releases / Statements

By Dr. Ron Daniels President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Founder, Haiti Support Project January 1, 2014 marked the 210th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, one of the greatest events in human history. Never before had an enslaved people rebelled against their slave masters to declare their independence and establish a nation. Inspired by the exhortations and sacrifice of the spiritual priest Boukman and ably led by Toussaint…

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Haiti Pilgrimage Delegation January 17 – 21, 2012 Communiqué

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Press Releases / Statements

Haiti Pilgrimage Delegation January 17 – 21, 2012 Communiqué Two years after the earthquake which devastated the world’s first Black Republic, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) led a diverse delegation of  thirty-eight(38) business, faith, labor, civil rights/human rights leaders, journalists and educators to Haiti to assess the status of the recovery and reconstruction; establish constructive channels of communication and working relations with the Government of President Michel Joseph Martelly; and…

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Haiti Support Project Leads “Pilgrimage” Delegation to Haiti

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Press Releases / Statements

January 17-21, 2012 (two years after the devastating earthquake) the Haiti Support Project (HSP) will lead a delegation of thirty-seven (38) African Americans and Haitian Americans to Haiti to assess the progress of the recovery/reconstruction and explore ways to engage people of African descent from the U.S. in the process of building the new Haiti.

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Communiqué

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts

October 7-11, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) led its third Delegation to Haiti since the fateful earthquake of January 12th. The atmosphere was in marked contrast to HSP´s Third Annual Pilgrimage in October of 2009 when there were signs of a much brighter future for Haiti and its people. A year ago there were clear indicators that after a period of political stability, relative security and greater transparency and accountability by the government, conditions were ripe for modest economic growth and new levels of international investment. There was optimism in the air.

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Communiqué

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Press Releases / Statements

Pilgrimage and Assessment Delegation October 7-11, 2010 Prepared by Dr. Ron Daniels   October 7-11, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) led its third Delegation to Haiti since the fateful earthquake of January 12th.  The atmosphere was in marked contrast to HSP´s Third Annual Pilgrimage in October of 2009 when there were signs of a much brighter future for Haiti and its people.  A year ago there were clear indicators that…

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