We need your help to keep Roots fully operating these next two months and to raise funds to fight COVID-19 in Haiti
After the cancellation of all upcoming fundraising activities (i.e. our annual D.C. gala, cultural and school events, art fairs, etc.) and a significant reduction in sources of revenue, namely corporate giving, the funds we use to implement our projects have significantly dried up. Despite these huge challenges, we are pushing forward to get our local partners the resources they need at the time they need it the most.
We have revised our annual budget and come up with a plan to get through this very difficult situation, but to do so we need to raise $7,500 in emergency operating funds (to pay our staff in Haiti) and $6,000 to help our local partners (community leaders on the ground in La Gonave) fight COVID-19 in Haiti. We need to raise funds to help them purchase the materials they need to continue spreading awareness about the virus and distributing resources that help prevent its spread on the island.
We need your help purchasing the following materials (almost all of which can be found and purchased locally from small merchants on La Gonave):
MEGAPHONES (7) – US $490
BUCKETS with plastic spout (70) – US $1,470
Cases of CLOROX (7) – US $434
HAND SANITIZER (24) – US $102
FOOTWEAR/BOOTS (24) – US $240
FLYERS (700) – US $1,750
FACE MASKS (7) – US $140
Our partners on the island have already begun fighting the virus on their own. They have been sharing key information and raising awareness about COVID-19 in their communities. They have installed hand-washing stations and begun distributing prevention materials to their neighbors, all without any financial assistance from Roots of Development yet, which we find says a lot about our approach (development without dependency) and the success of our leadership and capacity-building efforts thus far on the island. It is very important for us to encourage this initiative and to help them scale their efforts quickly. It is important that we reach more communities in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
Organizationally, to help us get through this very difficult time and remain in operation, we have begun cutting costs. We are canceling the contract for our office space and have applied for emergency funding through the government’s disaster relief bill. We are making tough decisions and working overtime to find and take advantage of the opportunities that exist for small businesses right now, but we need your help making it through the next two months. We need our network of supporters - you - to make an unprecedented donation to Roots of Development at this unprecedented time.
There will be no relief checks for residents of La Gonave. There will be no stimulus package for small businesses (merchants) on the island. There is no CVS or Amazon or Instacart that would allow folks to order essential materials and stay at home. So we need to do everything we can, as quickly as possible, to help the 100,000 residents that live on the island prevent the spread of the virus. Please help us raise the funds we need to fight COVID-19 in Haiti and keep doing the life-changing work we have been doing for the past twelve years.
Roots of Development has always taken your support very seriously. Since our founding, we have done an extraordinary amount of work - had an extraordinary impact - with a minimal amount of resources. Our operating budget is very small. The amount of money we spend on fundraising and administration is less than 18% of our overall budget and we pay an independent CPA every year to audit the organization, to ensure we are using your funds appropriately and effectively. Please help us get through this very difficult time. Thank you very much.