About Rights Based Haiti
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Welcome to Rights Based Haiti!
Rights Based Haiti (RBH) is the Haiti program of the Article 29 Organization (A29), a community development and empowerment organization that works to eliminate all forms of violence, especially poverty, in communities in Haiti and the United States.
Mission of the Article 29 Organization (A29)
A29 is named after Article 29(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states, “everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.” In order to forward the principle stated in Article 29 and the other important principles expressed in the UDHR, the Mission of the Article 29 Organization is to:
(1) Promote understanding and peace among people in order to eliminate human violence, especially poverty;
(2) Create substantive change in people’s lives through community and individual empowerment in the US and in Haiti, using the UDHR as the framework for facilitating this change; and
(3) Empower individuals to develop and use their gifts in the service of humanity and particularly through exchanges between Americans and economically poor Haitians.
The premise of A29 is that people create meaningful, positive change in their communities when their gifts are developed and recognized in the service of other humans. A29’s goal is to facilitate the exchange of skills between citizens of developed countries and Haitian citizens in order to create that change both locally and within the international community, and to do so using a Human Rights Based Approach in the execution of all of its programs and projects. A29 has a particular focus on program development in Haiti’s Anse Rouge region, one of the poorest and most isolated regions in Haiti.