THE HAITIAN LEAGUE [THL]. "Lakou to the Rescue" . Establish Network of Lakou Centers. Migrants, Families, Sports, Education, . Create Services and Training. Job Training, Placement, Employment. Employ Modular Approach. Arts, Health, Housing, Wealth, Leadership. LAKOU-USA IN BRIEF:.
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"Lakou to the Rescue"
Families, Sports, Education,
Create Services and Training
Job Training, Placement, Employment
Arts,Health, Housing, Wealth,Leadership
LAKOU-USA IN BRIEF:
The Haitian League
According a 2004 report commissioned by The Haitian League, based on U.S. Census data, more than two million Haitians and Haitian Americans live in the United States; an additional 20,000+ either live or work in Haiti.
ENCLAVES IN THE U.S.
New York 800,000+
New Jersey 150,000+
D.C Metro Area 30,000+
Small pockets in other states.
A range of conventional and
Education Job Training
for individuals, families and neighborhoods are envisioned, with priorities determined by periodic assessments performed by local chapters or affiliates.
The term lakou continues to designate place names and describe a variety of activities that are distinctively Haitian.
Today, “lakou” is even a unifying element for architects of a disaster relief housing project whose prospectus states, "House design centers around the lakou or yard which is the center of Haitian family activities.”*
*Source: Laroche. Relocating a village in the south of Haiti threatened by flooding, Pwoje Fondasyon Laroche, Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment (ORE) and AIEC, 2003.
Establish lakou centers, at least 1 per 100,000 population, in large enclaves of Haitians and Haitian Americans.
Recruit professional designers and architects,
preferably Haitian, for the concepts and construction, management of each basic lakou installation and specialized modules.
Create education and training programs, on a
modular basis, in the following topic areas:
Immigrants’ welcoming, orientation, and advocacy,
Citizenship and civic education
Liaison between government agencies and other interested parties,
Translation and interpreters’ services.MIGRANTS’ SERVICE CENTER
Prepare business portfolios, arrange grants and loans for graduates to establish their own businesses under the guidance of The Haitian League’s Lakou staff,
Create sustained employment with multiplier effects, e.g. additional jobs, urban renewal and community pride.
Each Lakou center will offer courses on broad subjects of technology and technology applications, plus practical exercises to discover, select and combine high-technologies with indigenous and traditional technologies.
Technology institutes at Lakou centers will provide unskilled workers with a proficiency and experience in applied technology.
DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION
The centers are intended as teaching and training resources, non-denominational and open to all -- especially the Haitian and Haitian American community -- with the explicit purpose of linking similar efforts nationwide .
For these and other activities, The Haitian League will draw upon the talents of successful teachers and other professionals to serve on advisory boards, to recruit volunteers and paid staff, to design communications and public relations systems and, in general, to promote pride and the spirit of optimism and cooperation within Haitian communities.
The centers are intended as teaching and training resources with the explicit purpose of linking similar efforts in enclaves of Haitians Diaspora
Specialized instruction in traditional and modern Lakou design, operation, maintenance, and application to job training, community education, cooperative enterprise, housing, Business development and other critical subjects.
The staff will also be available to neighboring communities in sudden crises or community development opportunities as occasions arise.
The Haitian League will pursue government, foundation and private sector contributions and try to match the amounts received with in-kind contributions of materials and labor.
An 11+ member Board of Directors will be responsible for the operation and success of the Lakou-USA project.
The Board will hire an experienced comptroller and executive director who, with approval of the Board, will hire an associate director, teachers and supervisors for Lakou and their modules.
The Board will have broad powers over the Lakou project and will meet monthly to monitor and evaluate the success of the program and discuss and decide changes in policy and implementation.
The Haitian League will seek the input of the Lakou communities through the formation of local advisory groups.
All meetings will be conducted according to “Robert’s Rules” and recorded for everyone’s reference and action.
Building from scratch and including land acquisition, the initial cost of each core module and each additional education and training module will be approx. US$500,000.
Beginning from an existing set of buildings, the cost may be reduced by 30-50%.
Excluding students’ stipends, the annual operating cost per module is estimated at US$300,000-400,000 and US$200,000-300,000 for retrofitting.
Founded in 2003, The Haitian League (THL), is a 501-C3 nonprofit community-based grassroots movement that calls on all persons of Haitian heritage living in the U.S. and abroad to ensure full and active integration in the society while maintaining their cultural ties and identity with Haiti.
The Haitian League seeks to create a movement, which is relevant to life in the United States and other adopted countries, while assisting the motherland to outgrow underdevelopment.
The Haitian League devotes its human and material resources to help Haitians in and out of Haiti enter the economic and social mainstream, fully exercise their civic duties to attain deserving recognition as offspring of those who fought and died for the independence of the United States of America.
Set a common agenda for progress
Educate the public on Haitian affairs
THL’S PLAN OF ACTION
With your support and assistance, we will provide the tools to establish successful relations between Haitians across the United States, and other adopted countries and Haiti for effective, strong and healthy communities.
THL’s Dr. Lauredan (center) discussing Haitian American and Haiti issues with
President G.W. Bush at White House reception
Iguey, Dominican Republic
THL advisor Stuart Leiderman with board members during NE Regional Haiti Conference, New Jersey
Distinguished guests at THL’s 2005 NE Regional Haiti Conference -- THL’s Weiner Rouzeau, City National Bank Chairman Louis Prezeau, Haiti PM Rep Jean RobertJean Noël, and Prof. Paul Latortue