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January 12th, 2010 was a day written in history books when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake crippled Haiti . . . but it didn't destroy the hope or spirit of one man . . . founder and director, Samuel Darguin. The Haitian American Caucus - Haiti was founded in Croix des Bouquets after Sam moved back to his country of birth to help with the rebuilding efforts. Not having lived in Haiti for over 20 years, he left his life in New York City to help a community and a country build back stronger.
HAC - Haiti offered up its community center and primary school's building as a safe space for relief organizations and aid workers to live and run operations in the weeks following the earthquake. Only 30 minutes from the Dominican Republic border as well as the capital of Haiti, Port au Prince, the HAC headquarters proved to be an ideal location for emergency medical aid and food/water distribution.
Once relief efforts were permanently placed in the capital once it became accessible, HAC refocused its efforts on developing sustainable solutions to counteract the extreme poverty facing a large portion of the country. Conversations with local farmers, single parents, adolescent and unemployed men, matriarchs, and school children grew the obvious need for quality and affordable education, professional development, improved public health, and economic empowerment opportunities. HAC worked tirelessly to provide these programs for Croix des Bouquets and surrounding rural areas such as Petit Goave and Les Cayes.
All programs are maintained by the community to instill personal value, enable locals to make a difference, and see changes from within to strengthen sustainability.
The Haitian American Caucus advances opportunity and improves the quality of life to build a better future for the people of Haiti. HAC-Haiti promotes sustainable development to strengthen the capacity of communities that eliminates extreme poverty by providing opportunities for education, health, and economic self-sufficiency.