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Haiti Christian Development Fund Newsletter: Solidarity, Understanding, and Immediate Action

In the face of the escalating crisis in Haiti, particularly in Port-au-Prince, it's crucial to acknowledge the broader context affecting our beloved nation. While the capital confronts severe challenges — gang control, closed airports, and attacked sea ports — it's essential to remember that these adversities are not reflective of the entire country. The resilience of rural communities, especially Fond des Blancs, stands as a beacon of hope amid these turbulent times.

Sustaining Education and Agriculture: The Role of HCDF

In the heart of these challenges, the Haiti Christian Development Fund (HCDF) continues to champion the cause of education and sustainable agriculture through our schools and community farm. Despite the logistical and economic hurdles presented by the crisis, our schools remain open, providing a beacon of hope and stability for our students and their families. We are committed to ensuring that education continues uninterrupted, with schools serving not only as centers for learning but also as community hubs where students receive essential meals at no cost, safeguarding their well-being amidst food insecurity.

Our community farm stands as a testament to our commitment to sustainability and self-reliance. In the face of supply chain disruptions, the farm is more crucial than ever, serving as a vital source of nutrition and resilience for the community. Though not enough to support the entire community, it embodies our belief in the power of local solutions to address global challenges, reinforcing the importance of sustainable agricultural practices in securing food sovereignty for Haiti.

A Deeper Dive into Haiti’s Historical and Political Landscape

Haiti's narrative is deeply intertwined with pivotal historical and political events that have shaped its current state. From the monumental 1804 independence, marking Haiti as the world's first black republic to break free from colonial chains, while neighboring its slave states, to the pioneering 1805 constitution that enshrined freedom and equality, Haiti's journey is one of unparalleled resilience and strength.

The repercussions of the 1825 indemnity imposed by France which is equivalent to $32,535,940,803 in 2022, the 1915 U.S. occupation that rewrote our constitution and stole resources and emptied Haiti’s treasury and funded the start of CitiGroup, and the alterations to the Haitian Constitution to favor foreign interests have left lasting impacts. These events have contributed to a complex socio-political landscape that continues to challenge Haiti's progress and self-sufficiency.

The Montana (Hotel in Haiti) Accord and the Quest for Self-Determination

A recent chapter in this ongoing story is the Montana Accord, an extraordinary initiative by diverse Haitian civil society actors to propose a consensus-based solution to the country's governance crisis. This accord, a testament to the Haitian people's desire for self-determination and democratic governance, was sidelined as the United States and other international actors recognized Ariel Henry as Haiti's Prime Minister. This decision, bypassing a process that sought to reflect the will and consensus of Haitian society, underscores the ongoing challenges of external influence in Haiti's political affairs.

Urgent Needs and a Call to Action

Today, the critical situation in Port-au-Prince underscores the importance of our mission to support rural communities like Fond des Blancs, which, while removed from the immediate violence, face the indirect consequences of centralized logistical and supply chain disruptions. Our community's response includes a strategic plan to purchase essential supplies and a landing craft, enabling us to circumvent the blocked supply routes and ensure the continuation of vital services.

This initiative is a call to action for our global community. We need your support to fund the procurement of supplies and the landing craft that will secure Fond des Blancs' and surrounding areas' access to food, fuel, and other essentials. Your contribution will not only address immediate needs but also empower our community towards greater autonomy and resilience in the face of systemic challenges.

Join Us in This Critical Moment

The Haiti Christian Development Fund is committed to fostering a future where Haitian voices lead, free from undue external influence and supported by the solidarity and understanding of the global community. We invite you to join us in this mission, to support Haitian-led solutions, and to contribute to a narrative of empowerment and resilience.

Your support and engagement are more critical than ever. Together, we can navigate these challenges and lay the foundation for a sustainable, self-reliant Haiti. For more information on how you can make a tangible difference, please visit our website or reach out directly. Let's stand united for Haiti, championing a future of dignity, justice, and prosperity for all Haitians.

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