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Our open gate welcomes people to the Youthaiti Center for Sustainable Development before the hurricane


Our gate is down like many, many homes, but our building survived and houses a dozen families in temporary shelter

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Hard!

Youthaiti has been working in the village of Duchity since 2008.  The  ‘eye’ of Hurricane Matthew passed through the village and destroyed every home with a tin roof, leaving most of the 7000+ people homeless in the rain.  We have heard that over 100 people have died.    Gardens are destroyed and there is no access to food or clean water.

 Our latest updates are more devastating as more information comes in.  People living in temporary shelters at Youthaiti, in the church and local schools are still without reliable food, water or any sanitary facilities.   Our team has begun to provide some aide and coordinate with other local groups.  Immediate needs are food and clean water, before cholera hits.  We have 3 local nurses visiting people in shelters to do health assessments and address urgent health needs.

Youthaiti is committed to putting our resources to work in this isolated area to help provide access to food and clean water, address hygiene and help people rebuild.  We will try to update this site with new information as it becomes available.  For now we ask for your support so that we can help people on the ground.

Please DONATE NOW to support Youthaiti’s Hurricane response.



Why Make Charcoal from Garden Waste?

Youthaiti teaching the women of AFAD Association Femmes pour le Avancement de Duchity how to make charcoal from garden waste in an effort to stop the ongoing environmental destruction of Haiti’s devastated forest. Workshop took place at Youthaiti Center for Sustainable Development in Haiti January 2014-Video by Denny Rauen

Helping the Youth of Haiti Build a Sustainable Future

Duchity, Grand’Anse, Haiti

Youthaiti is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization helping the rural people of Haiti develop sanitation, sustainable agriculture and hygiene.

Our work is centered in the village of Duchity, in the southwestern Haitian province of Grand’Anse – home to the last remaining indigenous forest land in the country. Duchity benefits from none of the other aid programs in the nation, most of which are based in Port Au Prince and other cities and population centers.

Founded in 2008, Youthaiti focuses on projects of ecological sanitation, including:

  • Helping people build three styles of composting toilets.
  • Developing organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer.
  • Community hygiene education.
  • Re-forestation.

Everything is aimed at breaking the cycle of contamination and disease that makes so many Haitian children sick, and using human waste instead as part of a well-tailored agricultural program that increases crop productivity and the availability of healthy food.

Learn more about the work we’re doing. And help us help the youth of Haiti build a better future!

Even Before the Walls Go Up….

Our new headquarters building is coming along! The foundation has been poured and much of the wall that will one day surround the propertly is completed. And we’re already drawing a crowd! These young musicians-to-be stopped by on a sunny afternoon to practice – notice they only have three horns between them, and most are patiently waiting their turn.

Why We Care About Poop

For a lot of people, sanitation is something that’s taken for granted. Not so in Haiti, where cholera and other hygiene-related diseases take a terrible toll. Youthaiti Executive Director Gigi Pomerantz narrates this video explaining why helping young Haitians improve their world means starting with the most basic of all human needs.