We believe in Haitian leadership and Haitian vision, investing in locally-led programs and community-based work. The Colorado Haiti Project's U.S.-based team has spent the past 29 years building relationships with dynamic, devoted and talented community leaders in the town of Petit Trou de Nippes. Our role is to continue strengthening these relationships, and to place resources directly in the hands of Haitian community leaders.
More details and bios on these leaders are coming soon!
The Team in Colorado
WYNN WALENT – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Wynn first traveled to Haiti after the earthquake of 2010 to assist with relief efforts. He intended to stay for two months before returning to the U.S. for graduate school, but the powerful experiences he collected while supporting Haitian relief and development efforts stirred Wynn so deeply that he decided to defer his graduate studies and remain in Haiti. Over the course of the next two and a half years he lived and worked full time in Haiti, developing a deep appreciation for the importance of Haitian leadership and self-determination. Prior to his time in Haiti, Wynn worked internationally in Peru and Central America as well as for a non-profit based in Harlem and the Bronx in New York. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Psychology from the University of Virginia, and more recently a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver. Wynn has published writing in the Denver Post, Huffington Post, and Latterly Magazine. He is a proud father of two boys, Belony and Vladimir.
Interns and volunteers
Our Colorado-based efforts operate thanks to a large team of dedicated volunteers, interns, and support staff. More details on this important part of our team are coming soon.