Updated: Oct 16
H.O.P.E. has energized three generations of the Shields family to commit to Borgne. Mike and Jenn (who goes by Shields) made their first trip together to Borgne with Rose Marie in 2001, shortly after Board Chair, Shields Sundberg, gave birth to Lili, who is now a member of the Haiti Youth Board. Mike, Shields, and Lili traveled to Borgne together in 2017 with the Haiti Youth Board for a week focused on Rural Empowerment. This photo is taken at The Citadelle, which Haitians built as a bulwark against invasions from the French in the 18th century (read more about the meaning of this incredible fortress in Michel-Rolph Trouillot's text, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History). Today, H.O.P.E. seeks to partner with the community of Borgne as a bulwark against the vagaries of globalization and the people who continue to protect markets and power over people.