Original Project Scope
Heart for Home Haiti began in a dream of Ricot Leon, a Haitian orphan who wants to do his part to make Haiti a place where young adults want to stay instead of leave.
The particular focus of this project is to provide an opportunity for the thousands of children raised in Haitian orphanages to find hope by providing them with both a livelihood and an imagination for a Haiti that they don’t want to leave. The predominant dream of every Haitian young adult is to leave Haiti. This project is designed to help these young adults “develop a heart for their own home, Haiti.”
On their 10 acres of land, Heart for Home initially wants to plant a church and build a training facility for orphans transitioning from dependence to interdependence. The latter will focus on developing skills for growing and marketing agricultural produce, but may expand to other areas later.
Eventually, Heart for Home hopes to be a community centre that includes space for Christian worship and ministry, training facilities, and an early childhood facility. They hope to have a walk-in medical clinic to augment the work of an existing hospital, and they want space for cultural development within the community. Their dream is that, to the extent possible, this would be a “model” development, encouraging the use of sustainable site usage and building design and practices with an approach to development that is a “bottom-up” model that could be used by anyone in Haiti – with the key themes of simplicity, sustainability, and live-ability.
Would you join them as they start on their journey to realize this dream?