The Haiti Projects in Montreal: Marita Mariasine

February 12- 17th (Interview with Marita Mariasine)

A year after meeting Marita Mariasine in Delma 75, Port au Prince, under the Caribbean Sky.  We sit down a year later for an interview in a Montreal Restaurant, to catch up on what is  upcoming for building in 2012.

“It is about Getting Resources into Local Hands”

The Haiti Projects is devoted to providing a voice for the Haitian people and materializing initiatives to cause massive cultural exchange in Haiti to inspire the next generations through a series of projects that teach alternative, creative, self-reliant means of living, exposes them to world changes and crucial information, and creates avenues for cultural exchange in all realms of the arts. In collaboration with the Haitian people, The Haiti Projects is an umbrella for a movement that works this intention on all levels. It was created at the moment of the earthquake that rattled up the momentum to work project to project for the bigger picture of uniting with the other nations of the world in an effort to affect the direction of humanity, and restore justice in Haiti.

2012 Activities

-Earthship school build preparations for January 2013, Earthship solidarity kitchen in Port au Prince build preparations for 2013
-Organising of recycled materials depots, will serve a variety of projects
-Training of volunteer Haitian guides and participants
-Preparations for international and intercultural travelling music festival in Haiti
-The Travelling School
-Helping internet centers to set up, and multimedia trainings
-Permaculture and cultivation projects
-Paper pellet projet, to use as cooking charcoal
-Fund-raising in North America for The Haiti Projects’ projects including a road to be built in the Jean Rabel zone, a community radio station of Petit Goâve, Earthship builds
-Recruiting for The Travelling School, artisan crochet mentor for an artisan crochet girl club of Delmas 95, permaculters and more
-The Haiti Projects also offers a translating service in English, French and creole, as well custom assistance in the materializing of other groups’ projects

New Earth Roots Alliance:

Earthship Biotecture
ACD Media (alliance of conscious documentaries)
The Diaspora Travels: Haiti (A docuvixen fillm)
Green School Haiti
Pi Gwo Byen Ayiti
Roselaure Aubourg# directrice of commerce and industry of La Grande Anse dept.
Communities of over 15 sector of Haiti

The movement requires occasional help in:
Computer graphics for; brochures, posters, flyers, and video montage
Volunteers to help organize fund raising events
Research volunteers


See the project list for 2012 for project listing. It is possible to add projects to the list. The Haiti Projects is open to include in its efforts all projects that are moving in the direction of international solidarity and self sufficiency. For specific details on current projects, or to develop a different project, please contact Marita Mariasine by email:

Funds should be kept at a minimum and eliminated from the equation all together when possible. One facilitator of this is that there are no salaries in the process.
All funds should be spent locally in Haiti.
Funds are raised project to project by participants.
Volunteers come on their own airfare and food money. Money will be needed to provide food and transport to your volunteer Haitian guide who will volunteer to accompany the foreigner in Haiti.
The volunteer Haitian guide and the foreigner coming to Haiti to do a project are paired as equals collaborating in the success of the project.This also ensures the cultural exchange part of the projects.

French/english dictionnaries
Crafting material for crochet and knitting
Hats and bandanas (for distribution to participants in outdoor projects where we work under the sun)
Plane tickets (MTL-PAP)
Electronic equipment that will assist administration of Haitian groups and organisations

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti is honoured to follow the Haiti Projects.