Our team is a unique mix of Haitians and non-Haitians, all committed to ensuring that our project has a lasting impact. We are passionate about the work we do, and strive to make a difference in ways that engage, empower, and endure.
Sonel ... Born and raised in Marozo ... Sonel is a teacher in Pensik, a farmer, family man, and widely respected community leader throughout both Pays Pourri and Marozo. Sonel speaks excellent English, and works with numerous community members to explore innovative ways to grow crops in the mountains.
Jackson ... Born and raised in Pays Pourri ... Jackson runs the school in Chappelle; he is a father of three, and has always worked hard to bring resources into the villages around where he grew up. Jackson also speaks English, and is a sometimes preacher at the church in Chappelle.
Jesse ... Project 509 Founder ... Jesse holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from UC Irvine, and has been working regularly in Haiti since 2010. He does the "Blan" stuff in the field.
Chrissy ... Co-founder of Ecofficiency.Org ...Chrissy traveled to Haiti following the earthquake of 2010, and essentially keeps the organization 501c3 / operationally functional.
Eli ... Co-founder and director of marketing for Freewaters Footwear ... Eli is a passionate advocate for bringing clean drinking water to people in extreme need. Freewaters donates 1% of all sales to clean drinking water projects ... so far, Freewaters has supported projects in Kenya, Haiti, and the Philippines. Eli traveled to Haiti as part of the Freewaters' "Water Warriors" campaign celebrating World Water Day in 2016, and provides valuable insight as we delve further into social entrepreneurship.