After years in the making, CLE is proud to announce the launch of the Haiti Food Systems Alliance (HFSA). This coalition is led by Acceso, a Haitian agricultural business Acceso and partner, and brings together 14 established Haitian businesses and organizations working to improve Haiti’s agricultural sector from the bottom up.
The HFSA leverages the expertise, resources, and reputations of local partners. With the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the alliance will take coordinated actions to put Haiti on a path to food security. CLE is proud to join this milestone effort as a service partner in order to strengthen the capacity of the individuals and organizations who will build a stronger agricultural and food system from the bottom up.
Our integrated programs combine skills-based training, innovation research, place-based accompaniment and networking campaigns to enhance the capacities of exemplary Haitian leaders. With a focus on women, youth and communities, we tailor our programs and meet leaders where they are, to help them launch new social change focused initiatives and enterprises and bring change to their communities.
Research initiatives are central to our work. We highlight everyday leaders in Creole-language videos, articles, and publications. We conduct surveys and document local solutions and innovations that address Haiti’s most systemic and engrained issues. These stories inspire others to believe that, they too, can bring much needed change to their own communities.
Catalyzing leadership requires taking advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Working with close partners, CLE has launched several strategic initiatives that open up new avenues for advancement to the members of our network. These initiatives are integrated throughout our programs, and are diverse and responsive to their interests and goals. They include an accompanied grant fund called POTE KOLE to support locally-led reconstruction efforts after Haiti’s August earthquake as well as during the coronavirus pandemic, Chanpyon Lakay - CLE’s yearly youth leadership competition, women’s mentorship roundtables and more.
CLE programs have engaged a network of over 6000 leaders in all ten departments of Haiti. We have trained 2150 leaders (40% women) and engaged over 850 local organizations in enterprises in our capacity building work. CLE works to directly support local leaders across sectors, and in their regions where they live and work. We know that supporting these leaders’ vision for change, and improving their skills for leadership and enterprise will create the lasting effect we seek across Haiti.
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