Aug 27, 2021 • 39M

Locally-Led Haiti Earthquake Recovery Effort

Haitian Social Entrepreneur Marc Alain Boucicault Leads Drive for a Strong Recovery

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You may note that I’m posting this episode earlier than planned. The reason is simple. Earthquakes aren’t planned.

Haiti experienced a bigger earthquake on August 14, 2021, than the devastating quake that hit Port-Au-Prince in 2010. The more recent event occurred in a less densely populated area in Southern Haiti. Still, more than 2,000 people were killed, many thousands more were injured, and at least 75,000 people were impacted. Over 90,000 buildings were destroyed. The recent quake is a big deal, even if its impact is smaller than the 2010 quake.

Marc Alain Boucicault, founder and CEO of Banj, is leading an effort to rebuild a better Haiti. He’s raising a $1 million fund to be donated in $10,000 chunks to entrepreneurs in the region most impacted by the quake. He’s hoping for a double impact by helping them launch new efforts that will serve the recovery quickly and over the long haul.

The focus areas include:

  • Agriculture and Agro industries

  • Child Protection

  • Construction

  • Education

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Environment

  • Food Security and Nutrition

  • Gender Equity

  • Healthcare

  • Technology

  • Tourism

Marc is joined by Morgan Wienberg (Co-Founder, Executive Director LFBS), Duquesne Fednard (Cofounder CETEMOH and CEO D&A Green Enterprises) and Jason Atkins (Founder and CEO 360insights).

For Marc, this recovery effort is deeply personal. He has family in the region impacted by the quake. With the $1 million fund, he hopes to back 100 projects with $10,000 each.

Donors who contribute $50,000 or more will be invited to join the organization’s board. Every penny helps with the recovery. Please consider giving what you can.

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