Founder Jim Lange’s Vision For Haiti’s Recovery: Master Plan For 5 New Cities
In the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, I founded Haiti Recovery and Development Company with one simple goal:
- to help the Haitian people have a better quality of life by assisting with the creation of an economic engine whereby self-reliance could ultimately be possible for Haiti. In broad-brush terms, I am committed to the creation, implementation and management of a comprehensive recovery and development program (Haiti’s version of The Marshall Plan).
Through strategic alliance partnerships with charitable and for-profit organizations, leading governments, academia and international institutions & agencies, I intend to help foster a new sense of nationalism; educate and train the Haitian citizenry (mainly Haitian adults); teach the values and scope of a free market economy; and combine the strengths of many to achieve real and lasting prosperity.
5 New Haitian cities.
To achieve my stated goals, I plan on creating five new (modern) cities strategically located throughout Haiti. At its most basic level, each new city would have an enterprise zone where manufacturing would take place, as well as a stand-alone water treatment facility, which would serve the needs of the new city and its surrounding communities. From these two initiatives, housing would then be incorporated to begin meeting the dire shortage of available and affordable living accommodations. Obviously, this is a huge undertaking and the level of complexity found within my initiative cannot adequately be expressed in this space. That being said, while this may not be the appropriate forum for great expansion, I can state with great certainty that I am ready and able to discuss my initiative, at whatever depth of detail is required of me, with whomever can help me help the Haitian people.
Public Trust For The Haitian People
As for some other particulars worthy of highlighting, when I established my new company (Haiti Recovery & Development Company, LLC) I did so with the mindset of being its steward for 20 years and then placing the company into a public trust expressly for the Haitian people. As far as I am aware, this stewardship and transfer of ownership is quite unique in the world and is designed to show the Haitian people that I am there to help, not to plunder. Another unique aspect of my initiative is that, while housing and jobs creation represent the more visible aspects of my effort, I am essentially committing the remainder of my productive years to the creation of a Haitian Renaissance. In truth, housing and jobs will not matter if Haitians continue to feel like powerless victims, resigned to a life of poverty and hardship. It is this lack of self-worth and hope that has to change and I am determined to help Haiti “come of age.”
That’s what I think and what I am committing the rest of my life to accomplish. What do you think? How will you help me foster Haiti’s rebirth?
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