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Haiti

 “We are not waiting for others to solve our problems. Too many groups have come and trained people to expect charity. When they leave, there is nothing left. I would not participate in PICO if I didn’t believe that we will be different.”

-FLORCIE TYRELL, OPODNE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Recent News

Our vision is to build an organization with the capacity to transform Haiti and recapture the tradition of democracy and equity. Check out the latest news with OPODNE in Haiti.

History & Methodology

PICO International’s newest organizing project, Organisation Peuple Œcuménique pour le Developpment du Nord-Est (OPODNE), was formally launched in August 2014 when 100 leaders from across Northeast Hait. Leaders gather weekly to tackle issues fundamental to the survival of their children and families. Communities are organizing their labor for basic sanitation, establishing computer training centers for youth, building roads to get their crops to market, and forming cooperatives to establish a source of income. Government may be broken in Haiti, but people are not.  

Key Accomplishments

OPODNE is is a locally based, government recognized NGO operating for three years supporting local communities across the Northeast Department of Haiti.  OPODNE trained over 500 leaders and helped them form Organizing Committees in thirteen towns. Over 2,500 people were involved in self-help activities.

Capotille

In Capotille, leaders established a peanut co-op to prevent exploitation of farmers by loan sharks. They are taking responsibility for the environment by working with the government to rebuild roads and plant trees. When the peanut farmers were forced out of business for a year because of drought, leaders started a micro-lending project for other business efforts. In 2017 leaders restarted the peanut co-op  and are now starting a banana cooperative to combat hunger and provide more economic opportunity for residents. They also operate a successful micro lending program.

Grand Bassin

In Grand Bassin,  leaders started a chicken co-op and successfully marketed 200 chickens to address hunger and build economic opportunity. The co-op had to close in 2017 because baby chicks were not available due to border tensions with the Dominican Republic. They have restarted the cooperative this year and have already sold their first crop of chickens. The diocese has made land available which could be used to expand the chicken co-op. Leaders have organized clean up campaigns for public spaces.

Terrier Rouge

Terrier Rouge leaders have organized monthly clean up campaigns of public spaces. After researching economic development opportunities, leaders used a small seed grant to open a space to wholesale essential household goods to entrepreneurs in the community. They are operating at a good profit. Their longer term plan is to open a restaurant.

Phaeton

In Phaeton, leaders purchased a boat to build a fishing cooperative and feed their families. They negotiated a new contract with fishermen and the business continues to operate at a profit. With a motor for their boat and refrigeration to store fish could dramatically improve their profits.

Caracol

In Caracol, a newly formed Local Organizing Committee supports a computer training program for youth. In 2017, they organized a vegetable co-operative on land they lease and are selling produce to the community school to provide healthy lunches for students.

Paulette

In Paulette, the Local Organizing Committee is supporting the agricultural cooperative and researching how to address needs for water.

St. Suzanne

In St. Suzanne, the Local Organizing Committee is exploring establishing a training program for seamstresses who could find employment at the Caracol Industrial Park.

Mombin Crochu

In Mombin Crochu,  leaders  organize labor days to repair roads and plant trees. This has led the World Bank to commit $100,000 to develop a sorghum cooperative for 300 farmers. On hold, because government turmoil, leaders used seed capital to buy seed and fertilizer to increase corn and bean production.  Leaders also organized three constructions crews and completed a contract to re-construct the road to Grande Savanne.

Mont Organise

In Mont Organize,  leaders’ have organized a cooperative and planted, cultivated and marketed their first crop of peppers. In 2018, they expanded this profitable cooperative. They operate a successful micro-lending project.

Ouanaminthe

In Ouanaminth, OPODNE has organized a Youth Social Club teaching organizing skills to more than 50 young leaders who are building a culture of service and exploring ways to meet the employment needs of young people.

Vallieres

In Vallieres, Local Organizing Committee members have planted citrus trees and constructed roads without government support. They have identified issues of health care  and training in agriculture and food preservation. They are conducting research to begin a cocoa cooperative.