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Bethany Natoli
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E-mail: bnatoli@rootsofdevelopment.org
Phone: (202) 466-0805

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Mission
Roots of Development helps impoverished communities in Haiti acquire the financial resources and organizational skills they need to manage their own development. We promote an alternative approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which we bring together diverse representatives from a community, listen to their goals, and build on their inherent strengths to complete community-driven projects that foster greater independence.

Areas of Intervention

Water & Sanitation - Women & Children - Infrastructure


Description of the Project
Each and every one of our projects aim to foster development without dependency with a focus on community development. We do this by empowering the people of the community of Gran Sous, La Gonave, Haiti called APADAG (The Peasant Association for the Development and Advancement of Gran Sous). Completed Projects:  Two Community Water Systems: 1 billion people on the planet do not have access to clean drinking water. The project involved capturing an underground spring; laying piping that will carry the water to a large tank, and then treating the water in the tank so it is safe to drink for the people in the community. Communications Center: Over 3 million Haitians live outside of Haiti, this project helps families stay in touch by installing a satellite dish to bring consistent high speed internet to Gran Sous back in January 2011. It also continues to improve the computer skills of the people of Grans Sous. Leadership Training In order to grow and continue meeting the challenges facing its community, APDAG needed greater organizational capacity and technical knowledge. We worked alongside our partner in Haiti (CDECH) to establish the 12-month training have augmented APDAG’s capabilities as a community organization as well as impart upon it crucial technical skills. Current Projects: Women’s Wholesale Business Out of the 1 billion people a living in poverty, 75% are women. As a result of this women’s group project, the women’s business remains open six days a week and brings in an average 325,000 gourdes (about 7,500 USD) per month. This revenue keeps vulnerable and orphaned children in school, as it also supports the community’s business development. Concrete Block-Making Business: This will help open up a concrete block and construction material business that will create jobs and help the local community development group bring in revenue to maintain past projects and fund future projects For more information and a complete list of our former and current projects, please visit this link: http://www.rootsofdevelopment.org/projects/.