The Fondation Connaissance et Liberté engages with local communities, the Haitian government, and international organizations to develop the skills, resources, and institutions that Haitians can use to improve their lives and overcome political violence, natural disasters, and poverty.
Martissant Park, a botanic garden and national park in Port-au-Prince, is the location of a long-term initiative that brings local residents together with projects supported by the Haitian government, the European Union, the Agence Française de Développement, and local and international universities. These organizations and the community are working together to protect the environment, create new public spaces and services, and improve gender and health rights. Other initiatives based in the park focus on providing education and training and increasing the ability of local civic groups to advocate for their members and communities.
The foundation’s years of work in Haiti have helped establish 25 community libraries across the country that provide children and youth from poor communities with access to information and new technology. Our flagship library in Port-au-Prince serves as training site for the community library network and hosts cultural events, conferences, and workshops on investigative and photo journalism.