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Welcome! We are honored to have been chosen as this year's charity organization for the 2024 Sacred Success Summit. Your contribution is setting in motion a two-part water initiative in Kafou, Ayiti (Kreyòl/Creole), also known as Carrefour, Haiti (François/French).

Why This Water Initiative Matters

A|  Global warming will continue to bring droughts, hurricanes and other extreme weather events to Haiti. It will create more food insecurity and force greater numbers of people to abandon land and homes. It will lead to dwindling natural, human and financial resources, which in turn will lead to more poverty, the collapse of social support structures and greater political instability. In Haiti, the poor in urban areas suffer far more than the rural poor. Those living in flood plains, do so by default, because they cannot afford to live anywhere else. Since coastal lines and river banks are country-owned land and the government does not have the capacity to enforce laws, most "fè tè" homes are constructed on these banks illegally. As a consequence, the population that is most vulnerable to floods are also the most socio-economically disadvantaged. | MORE 

B|  This two-part water initiative will 1) install ten communal wells, and bring restoration to an additional well, in the upper urbanized areas of Kafou so that residents can have access to freshwater, and 2) lead a water-harvesting movement and reforestation effort among rural communities so that the commune of Kafou can heal her degraded watersheds and start to become self-reliant. We believe that in guiding Kafou's smallholder farmers toward a regenerative food and agriculture system, in addition to a reforestation movement, Kafou will have power to:

  • End hunger among her people
  • Restore access to abundant fresh, clean water sources
  • Restore health and well-being to her people
  • Increase the water-holding capacities of her soils
  • Increase crop yields and the diversity of her cash crops
  • Revitalize her local economy
  • Restore her rural livelihoods and independence
  • Regenerate her ecological health, including soil fertility and biodiversity
  • Promote social justice and fair trade
  • Reverse global warming
Your Impact

Your first collective $25,000 contribution will purchase and install the first well in an upper urbanized section of Kafou. It will also start the process of guiding each rural communal section in the science of watershed management, show them how and where to construct water harvesting earthworks based on the contours of their land, and guide them in agroforestry practices so that they can start healing their degraded watersheds and ecosystems.

Furthermore, your donations will provide land mapping services through Haitian interns, native seedlings, and tools. Instruction and ongoing support will be provided as new forest gardens and water harvesting structures are created and maintained.

We invite donors to join .... THIS DEDICATED FACEBOOK GROUP .... where before-and-after photos will be shown by the residents of Kafou. You will get to see in live-time, the excitement and action of this community as their two-part water initiative rolls out. You will also get to see how the gift you are giving them is making a difference. Both English and Kreyòl (Creole) will be spoken.


Who We Are

To Build A Village (in Haiti) is a collaboration of highly skilled team members, all pioneers in the green building industry and regenerative land development fields. We are a global 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting multiple Haitian-led initiatives and large-scale land restoration efforts with the purpose of enabling Haiti to rise as an ecologically connected nation, instead of a patchwork of disconnected pieces. 

We design, implement, teach, and oversee sustainable developments in a variety of environments, including wet and dry tropical climates, from Indonesia and Africa to the Peruvian Amazon, Mexico, and the Middle East. Each member is a committed and skilled educator in his or her field.

Brief History

For more than a century and a half, Kafou had never urbanized as its founders had wished. Its agricultural vocation took precedence over urbanization. The various communal sections of the original settlement supplied the villagers of Kafou and the town of Pòtoprens (Port-au-Prince) with agricultural products such as rice, cane sugar, cotton, fruit, vegetables, food, and coffee. It was not until the mid-1970s that urbanization of the area began. 

In 1813, the commune of Kafou was officially established. The Riviere-Froide, also known as the Cold River, was always one of the biggest attractions in town. Several coffee yards operated in the area. During weekend visits, hikers found immense pleasure in the coolness of the river.

They grow cereal grains, and sugar cane. They also raise oxen, cabris, and tiny backyard birds.

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