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August 21st, 2010

HAITI: A Position Statement

To Build a Village™is a coalition of building and land-use professionals whose plans to redevelop Haiti are wholly systemic.

To Build a Village™ recognizes the immediate needs of the people are not limited to housing; they include clean water, fresh nutritious food, education and a means to sustain themselves into the future. Our approach is designed to meet these needs through the empowerment of the Haitian people. We believe that if you “Give a person a fish he will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

From a systemic perspective,  To Build a Village™ understands that the stability of Haiti’s land is fundamental to the overall stability of its people.  For this reason,  we believe that a pragmatic and sustainable approach to rebuilding Haiti must address not only the resilience of the built environment, but also the resilience of the natural environment.  We recognize that the fundamental issue that has led to the unraveling of the fabric of Haiti is the loss of her forest, upon which Haitian people have historically depended, and which today impacts safety and resources of all that live there.

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