History & Vision
The Colorado Haiti Project was founded in 1989 by three Episcopal priests: Haitian Father Octave LaFontant and Colorado Fathers Dayle Casey and Ed Morgan. Over time, we have transitioned from direct service missions to long-term asset building and community development. Today, our work reaches a broad audience both within and outside of the Colorado and Haitian Episcopal communities. All are welcome to join us in our work, regardless of religious affiliation. Our work is not specific to one faith and does not advance a particular religious ideology.
Action in Colorado and in Haiti
Haiti: In Petit Trou, the Colorado Haiti Project works to build relationships that cultivate community development that empowers individuals and is locally driven. Our work supports the vision of our Haitian sisters and brothers in building lives of dignity and economic self-sufficiency. Our education and vocational opportunities are vital to the long-term success of this community. While our work in clean water and community health promotes decentralization by building permanently integrated infrastructure in and around the community of Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti.
Colorado: Throughout Colorado, we actively raise awareness and mobilize resources to support and sustain programs in Haiti. We are committed to providing local opportunities for interactive growth that fosters relationship development and recognizes the rights and capabilities of our Haitian sisters and brothers. We actively recruit community and parish members to advocate, manage programs and raise funds that support our work in Haiti. Our goal is for this work to build bridges between our two communities that are sustaining and life-changing for all.