Participating Organizations

NAAHP: Founded in 2011, the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established by diverse group of forward-thinking industry experts, youth leaders, faculty, public and nonprofit sector professionals from Haiti and its global diaspora. NAAHP also prides itself on its focus on fostering the diaspora’s engagement in advocacy efforts, philanthropic and social entrepreneurship projects directly tied to promoting sustained social and economic success in Haiti. The Annual NAAHP National Conference, routinely attended by more than 500 participants, has been held in major public and academic settings located in areas that feature large or growing populations of Haitian-Americans.

EDEM Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an environment of mentoring, learning, and support services for the incubation and growth of successful enterprises and institutions that will create and sustain jobs in communities in Haiti by leveraging the unique resources of the region and partnering with local leaders . Since 2005, EDEM has leverage the support of the Haitian Diaspora, international partners, philanthropic organizations, educational institutions through private investment and grants to develop a network of 80 small businesses in the south of Haiti, a primary school, various training programs, a sustainable farm and an eco-resort. EDEM has built strong relationships with a diverse partners – Kellog Foundation, Boston Foundation, US Naval Academy to cite a few – and has entered into formal MOUs with some local mayors to develop community development initiatives such as a business training model for local investors, an on-line research center, a Train-the-Trainer for future local leaders, etc.

GRAHN: The Group for Reflection and Action for a New Haiti, GRAHN, is a worldwide citizen-watch think-tank that was founded in Montreal, Canada, on January 20, 2010, one week after the devastation earthquake, by a number of academics, scholars, researchers, professionals of all walks, and practitioners, both Haitians and friends of Haiti. GRAHN has branches in five countries, each of which has a number of chapters. GRAHN seeks to contribute to solving the problems of Haiti through well thought-out actions. It aims to be a nonpartisan civil-society movement, focused on the construction of a new Haiti that is founded on the prevalence of the rule of law, on sharing, solidarity, education, respect for the environment, and a strong commitment to the common good. GRAHN is legally incorporated in Canada as GRAHN-World, of which GRAHN-USA is the tax-exempt branch in the U.S. Since its creation six and half years ago, GRAHN has unabatedly deployed an unparalleled series of activities. First, in Montreal: the March 2010 symposium, the May 2010 international conference and the release of its seminal book in November 2010. Then, in Haiti: the inaugural June 2010 mission; the conferences on education, health issues, and the economy in 2012 and 2013; the annual Excellence Awards program that has engaged qualified jury members since 2012; regular publication since the Winter 2012 of Haïti Perspectives, the organization’s scientific quarterly; the launch of the Institute for Science, Technologies, and Advanced Studies of Haiti (ISTEAH, Haiti’s first and only accredited graduate programs), and of the Science Academy of Haiti, and, on a 70-acre plot of land, of the Innovation Pole of the Greater North of Haiti (PIGraN) – the City of Knowledge, an unprecedented $70-million project aimed to be an engine of economic development for the entire country.

SOCIETY FOR HAITIAN RESEARCH (SHR), Inc is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1985 by a group of Haitian Immigrants eager to provide the Haitian Community with educational, cultural and social service. Since its foundation in 1985, the Society for Haitian Research (SRH) has been working to educate, raise awareness, enlighten, empower and improve lives and address social justice issues particularly in the Haitian community in the United States and beyond.