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April 2021

Mapou, Haiti Update

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The Federation Model

Heart to Heart International is pioneering sustainable development in Southeast Haiti in their Federation model. The Federation is the collaboration of individuals from various “sectors” of the larger community. These sectors include the religious, business, medical, educational, agricultural, and other spheres of life in the the Haitian cultural community.

In Mapou the federation is comprised of around 15 individuals. The Federation is in the process of doing an ethnographic study of their local community while simultaneously developing their own leadership abilities in areas of conflict management, financial literacy, and ingenuity. After the completion of their training, they will identify core projects within Mapou that will best improve their preferred future for all generations of the community.

Get to know our federation in their bios below!

Lagrade Dieubenie

Federation President

Lagrade works as a teacher in Mapou.

Rosette Vilmar

Business Owner

Rosette lives in Mapou, and has been a part of the federation for a year.

Dieusilus Kantav

Federation Member

Dieusilus is a carpenter from the local Mapou community.

Akra Ocnel

Federation Member

Akra is a teacher at the school in Mapou.

Vicius Derisseaux

Nazarene Pastor

Vicius has been a member of the federation since its inception. He is a carpenter by trade, and is the pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Mapou.

St. Louis Salnave

Environmental Agent

St. Louis Salnave is trained in environmental and agricultural study. He offers guidance for farmers and was instrumental in assisting when College Church gifted seed to the people of Mapou in 2016.

Louis Johnny


Louis has been a part of the federation since its inception in 2016.

Noel Jackson

Iron Worker/Welder

Noel has been a part of the federation since its inception in 2016.

Salnave Bathelmy


Salnave is a teacher at the local school in Mapou.


Nurse Marie Aline serves the Mapou and Grand-Gosier communities 5 days a week, and once a month Dr. Pierre spends a full week at the temporary Mapou clinic. Nurse Marie keeps medical records on each of her patients and supplies them with critical medicines and vitamins needed to treat and prevent common ailments in Haiti.

Marie Aline Desresseau


Nurse Marie Aline was born in Mapou and studied in Port-Au-Prince. She returned to Mapou and was employed by College Church and the Mapou federation to offer weekly healthcare to the community. She has been treating patients since early 2017,

Pierre Loresna


Dr. Pierre works as a doctor for Heart to Heart International in Haiti. Dr. Pierre visits the Mapou clinic on a monthly rotation as he supports Nurse Marie with particular treatments.

Where is Mapou?

Mapou is in an incredibly remote portion of Haiti. Nestled on the other side of the Haitian Sud-Est Mountains, Mapou is within view of the ocean and 7300' mountain peaks. Mapou is so remote, that the Red Cross has never even made it to this region of Haiti. Watch the video on the right to see exactly where Mapou is in relation to the remainder of Haiti and the Dominican Republic!

Leadership Development

Future Focused

Core to Mapou's success as a community is its development of the Federation leadership team. The Federation leaders in Mapou are currently in the process of receiving regular training regarding conflict resolution, financial literacy, agricultural efficiencies, and a host of other important facets of life in Haiti. In July, we sent a team to take play a role in a training session!

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