Unlock in Haitians the power to solve their own problems
Build commuinty self-sufficiency through economic development and systems-change
Cultivate personal dignity, cooperation, and confidence among community members
Build collaboration and trust between Haitians and Americans
Work in an integrated approach, not in silos.
Before initiating any work, we jointly participate with local experts and community leaders in inquiry-based, relationship-building dialogue, which leads to essential trust and transparency.
This realigns the balance of power (from those with money/knowledge/resources to those with local insight/experience).
It also empowers the people who will benefit most from CEI’s work by enabling them to decide upon and enact solutions that are best for them.
This feeds the sustainability of our work, as local community members invest in their success from the outset.
LOCAL PARTNERS AND PROVIDERS
We create partnerships with local communities before the program design phase—this is what makes CEI unique and makes our model work so well!
We partner with a Haitian Community Based Organization (a legally registered organization in Haiti; the equivalent of a nonprofit in the U.S) to ensure everything we do is effective, transparent and culturally appropriate.
We create financial transparency for every project, every dollar spent.