commited to

EQUALITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY

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engaging in

CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION

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empowering

SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

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committed to

ENDING RURAL POVERTY

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investing in

INTRAPRENEURS

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facilitating

PEER EXCHANGE GROUPS

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leveraging

LOCAL LEADERSHIP

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Our Approach

At Creative Exchanges Initiative (CEI), authentic engagement and cross-cultural collaboration are foundational to all that we do. We are committed to democratizing power and to overcoming the constraints of inequality whether we're working to alleviate poverty, facilitating cultural exchanges and trainings, or bringing the arts to under-served populations. We address community, institutional, and interpersonal change in each of our initiatives.



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Where We Work

Creative Exchanges Initiative (CEI) works in Haiti, and with partners, providers, and cultural exchange collaborators across the United States. Most of our work in Haiti is done in rural farming communities, where we simultaneously address multiple challenges of poverty. In the United States we work primarily with schools, community groups, and philanthropic organizations.



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Who We Work With

Creative Exchanges Initiatives (CEI) works with Haitian communities and their local leaders, and with partnering organizations in the United States, including schools, community groups, philanthropic organizations, and service providers. Our work is initiated and led by our team in Haiti. They direct and provide training, services, needs assessments, strategic planning, accountability reports, and, when required, refer us to Haitian experts in their fields.



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CREATING SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMIC CHANGE

CEI’s Haitian and American leaders have been working together for over 25 years.

CONFRONTING COMPLEX CHALLENGES

Alleviating poverty in Haiti is a complex problem. CEI addresses social, cultural, and environmental issue, while responding to critical needs, in order to change the equilibrium for the long term.



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CHANGING SOCIAL NORMS

In Haiti, the relationships among donors, doers, and institutions have too-often contributed to the perpetuation of poverty, rather than its elimination. CEI is intentional about changing social structure in all work we undertake.



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CREATING CROSS-BORDER NETWORKS

Peer-exchange groups are a powerful transformational tool. CEI brings Americans and Haitians together in dialogue, and for conferences, workshops, seminars, internships, and residencies.



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Our Newest Stories

CEI's Music Instruction Program Inspires Youth of Haiti

08/28/2018 Learn how Creative Exchanges Initiative's music program is changing lives and inspiring self-reliance in the youth of Haiti from our Music Program Director ...

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CEI's Art Program Puts the 'Creative' in Creative Exchanges

08/28/2018 In Spring 2018, CEI launched an art program in Haiti, led by an inspired instructor in the person of Fedler Descobet, who is teaching children how to draw ...

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Haitian Students Awarded Laptops as part of CEI Education Initiative Ceremony

08/27/2018 Education can be exciting, fun, and rewarding to everyone involved, as you’ll see in this video of a recent CEI-sponsored celebration and awards ...

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CREATING SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMIC CHANGE

CEI’s Haitian and American leaders have been working together for over 25 years.

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