Who are we?

Sister Cities Essex Haiti was created in the Spring of 2010 by a group of dedicated residents in the Town of Essex with the support of the Selectmen.  Its mission is to sustain partnerships with the people of Deschapelles, Haiti  which expand educational and cultural opportunities. Its vision is to envision the community of Deschapelles flourishing educationally and culturally.

The relationship is fostered by two boards: Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc. located in Essex, Connecticut and Organization Pour Development Economique et Social (Organization for Economic and Social Development-“ODES”), organized in 2007 by volunteers in Deschapelles, Haiti to improve their community.  Together, we work to identify and consummate projects that will benefit Hospital Albert Schweitzer and community projects in Deschapelles.

Members of Organization Pour Development Economique et Social and Sister Cities Essex Haiti in Deschapelles, Haiti

Members of ODES and Sister Cities Essex Haiti in Deschapelles, Haiti

Sister Cities Essex Haiti serves as a portal through which people who are interested in making a positive, measurable impact on a community in Haiti can do so while developing relationships with the people in that community.