“We are happy about OPODNE training. We were also happy that young people attend. The training helps us think about how to act in our communities and how we can unite as one. OPONE brightens our days. Even if you arrive angry, you cannot leave the same way if you understand the need to change lives, with God’s help.” – Caracol Leader
There has been no functioning government in Haiti for more than a year. A six month drought has devastated farmers. Famine, hunger and poverty are increasing. AND YET, OPODNE leaders have not given up hope. Leaders are sustained by meeting every month for training; examining the values they strive to live out every day. They know a new generation of leadership is needed to provide short and long term solution to the violence, corruption and poverty in Haiti. OPODNE is developing that leadership.
When presidents from the 11 organized communities in the Northeast gathered last month, they talked about the challenges they face but also reiterated their commitment to one another and their communities. Rather than complain, they continue to plan and take action with optimism and enthusiasm. How is this possible? Leaders live in a space of deep faith. Leaders know faith without action is meaningless. Repairing roads in Mombin Crochu, cleaning streets and parks in Terrier Rouge, and sustaining local agricultural cooperatives are things that can be done now. Supporting honest people for public office is their longer-term plan.