Sawa World traveled to Haiti in May 2011 to conduct groundbreaking work to solve extreme poverty. We re-visted Sawa Leaders who are extraordinary Haitians who have established unique local approaches for solving extreme poverty in their earthquake and now cholera ravaged communities. While in Haiti, Sawa did something that has never been done before. Through this project, people from around the world made donations, 100% of which will go directly to local community leaders. Short videos were made by Haitian youth and broadcast to donors to show the direct impacts that your funds have made.
Video Message for Western Union
With the support of Western Union, donations to the Sawa Leaders in Haiti were transferred free of charge. For example, Sawa Leader, Marie Lucie Mentor, received $1000 microgrant from donors and received the funds at a remote town in Haiti. With the funds she will educate 6500 children in 30 schools in 5 weeks with cholera prevention. She will also provide them with basic prevention materials such as soap. She personally thanked Western Union when she picked up the funds at a local branch. The video was made by marginilized and unemployed youth in Haiti.