The Quartier a Quartier (Neighborhood to Neighborhood) program aims to establish a network of youth-led organizations throughout Haiti, and provide them with training and practical toolkits in leadership, project management, social innovation and social media communication, so that they may run their organizations and activities more effectively, thereby strengthening their engagement in their communities, while also increasing their visibility.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Various cities throughout Haiti
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Mainstream media often paints Haiti as a country that is highly dependent on international aid. There are seldom any stories on creative and innovative Haitians who are contributing to the development of their own communities. We will be working with youth (21-35 years old) who created and now lead organizations whose purpose is to improve the livelihood of their disadvantaged community, and empower them to write their own stories.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Each youth leader in the network will produce regular stories on the impact that their organization is having in their community, accompanied by photos and/or videos. They can decided to highlight specific activities, feature stories of someone who has been positively affected by their activities, or stories on their personal experiences and lessons learned from running the organization in that community.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We are seeking to establish partnerships with different entities who can provide us with content and equipment for our workshops. We would also like to establish a connection with young professionals in the diaspora who can volunteer to lead workshops. Existing connections include IBM, who has provided us with Project Management training material in french, and Ayitifotokonbit, a local organization that provides photography workshops.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
For each city, we will select a community leader who will represent our organization and who can serve as our liaison with other young leaders from that city. He or she will help us in identifying the various youth-led organizations in that city, invite them to become members of the network, and organize meet-ups where different locals can be invited to speak and share knowledge. Our target is to have 16-20 members for each city network
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We would like for some of our youth stories to be translated into various languages and published on the Rising Voices and/or Global Voices website.
We would also like to have access to other grants in order create a fund where we can support some of the projects and activities led by the youth organizations in our Quartier a Quartier Network.
Haiti in Transition (H.i.T)