This article that was recently printed in the Wall Street Journal and reinforces the value system of LOVE Takes Root Board and organization. From the beginning of the La Concorde Haiti project, LOVE Takes Root has had a business plan and an exit strategy. We have no in-country director. Rather we mentor our Haitian partners to have a full understanding of what it takes to be independent and sustainable. Self-sustainability has been our unified mission. This is not necessarily the easiest way to provide aid and support to the developing world.
But with strong communication and trust, projects can grow stronger and last longer after financial support has moved on. As with many situations in life, listening, caring and being present is very successful.
There are many ways to solve problems and empower other cultures. It often starts in knowing how you will leave.