The Consortium Response


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October 31, 2008


Food Boat Relief


Hurricane Victims in Haiti


Massive Distribution of

$1.3 million of

food, medicine, support services,

and humanitarian aid.





Thank you note to: the Haitian community at large, our beloved members, our friends, our associates, our National and International donors, sponsors, funders and supporters.

Enock N. Gustave, Chairman

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From: Parnell Gerard Duverger,President

Centre Louverture pour la Liberte et le Developpement



The 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections:

Should Haitians Care?

In just a few days, on November 4th, the people of the United States of America will vote to elect a new President.  At the time of this writing, in the 34 States that offer Early Voting Facilities, about 18 millions have already voted, after waiting in line for an average of 3 to 4 hours.  In addition, hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots have also been turned in, by mail.  This trend is expected to remain strong until elections day, when a record number of participants is anticipated to cause longer lines and longer hours at the polls.

 These are indeed historic elections that will bring a woman, if not an African-American, to the White House for the first time, at a time when the United States is facing increasing domestic pressure to bring the troops back home from the war theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as popular demand for economic reforms that will make capitalism work better for Main Street and the average member of the middle class.  For Americans, the stakes are high.  But, should Haitians care?

 The stakes are high.

 In addition to serious issues of homeland security and their staggering costs in the post 9/11 era, including the unpopular war in Iraq that costs $ 10 billion a week, a huge public debt of about $ 10 trillion dollars, annual deficits of $ 500 million, a continuously declining GDP that just had a 0.3 % contraction, reinforcing fears of a severe and prolonged recession, a 6 % unemployment rate, the highest level since 2004, a still crumbling housing market, and a frozen credit market, in spite of corrective monetary policies, and the largest government intervention in the market, since the great depression, to the tune of $ 700 billion, the United States is also handicapped by declining investors and consumers confidence.  Surely, the stakes are high in these elections.  The average American realizes that the future of the country has never been so bleak, and that choosing between Senator John Mc Cain and Senator Barack Obama will also spell success or failure in implementing a coherent and effective national rescue program for the United States.


 Haitians should care.

 Obviously, Haitian-Americans and Haitian nationals who reside permanently in the United States, have vested interests in U.S. domestic and foreign policies that affect their lives directly, whether it is in the sacrifices of family members who have died while serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, for example, or in scaling down their standard of living as they continue to face rising costs of living, with declining real incomes in a struggling economy. With reduced disposable incomes, those living in the United States must decrease their remittances transferred to relatives in Haiti, the amount of which now average $ 1 billion annually. 

  But, all Haitians must have an interest in the affairs of a superpower that so passionately values liberty, the cornerstone of Haiti?s existence as an independent nation.  In fact, one can argue that Haiti?s endemic poverty and the misery of its citizens are the result of the country?s inability, throughout its entire history, to build the political and economic institutions necessary for the protection of liberty and the individual freedoms without which no society can flourish as demonstrated in 1776, a fateful year for the United States, by a philosopher of natural law, Adam Smith, in his book ?The Wealth of Nations.? 

The 2008 U.S. elections offer yet another opportunity for all Haitians to reflect on the merits of democratic government as an institution of freedom without which the market economy, as the most powerful engine of economic growth and individual development, could not deliver what it does best, i.e. to bring economic prosperity to free individuals in a free society subjected to the rule of law and respect for human rights.  In these, Haitians should find plenty to care about. ----




General Overview

The Haitian Consortium is a nonprofit, grassroots alliance organization committed to helping Haitian communities achieve economic sufficiency. The Haitian Consortium fosters strategic alliances with grassroots movements, community programs, neighborhood associations and religious organizations in the United States and the Caribbean in order to achieve its goals.


The Haitian Consortium is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, community empowerment, human development and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Services of the United States. The Haitian Consortium is also registered to operate as a not for profit organization in Haiti and  by other foreign countries.  

How to Get Involved:

We rely on individual supporters for funding.  Given the growing national and international interest in the success of the Fresh Start Movement?, we need your commitment and financial support to reach our goals and objectives within a decade.   

Participants will regularly receive: magazine, quick and effective campaign actions for participation, and invitations to local and national events.

Our Success:

Your Support Helps Meet The Challenge


At the Haitian Consortium, we are proud about how we handle the funds entrusted to us.  For administration and overhead, we spend only nineteen cents of each dollar received.  The rest of our income - eighty one cents on every dollar - is spent on programs -- the purpose for which funds are, after all, given to us.  Contributions are received and recorded according to donors? restriction or for unrestricted purposes.




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Programs for Haiti

         Guidance Commission:

         Mobile & Church Workshops

         Planning For Investment in Housing

         Planning For Investment in Agriculture

         Planning For Investment in Historic Site Preservation

         Planning For Investment in Social Programs

         Planning For Investment in Sport and Entertainment

         Planning For Investment in Health Care

         Planning For Investment in New Entrepreneurship

         Planning For Investment in Technology 

         Planning For Investment In Education

         Student Exchange Program

         Planning for Investment in Public Transportation

         Community Planning Gatherings and Workshops

         Planning For Investment in Youth Self-Esteem

         Women Empowerment

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The 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections: Should Haitians Care?