Project Background: Mission and Goals

0 Posted on 11 sep 2018 by Admin

As a result of the massive destruction by the January 2010 earthquake, there is a pressing need for shelter in the Port-au-Prince area.  With immediate action, the Renaissance Project can provide not only shelter for 1,000 people, but also jobs, education, health facilities, and hope for Haiti's future.

With your help we can:

  • Establish a vital, self-sustaining resource for Port-au-Prince, including housing for 1,000 people.

  • Develop the local skills required to foster microeconomies

  • Create a place of learning for 400 Haitian students, including housing for at least 100 boys and 100 girls.

  • Tap into or create sustainable resources for food, water, and energy to make a self-sufficient community off of the grid.

green square  For full details, please see the Renaissance Project presentation.

Renaissance Team Profile

0 Posted on 29 aug 2016 by Admin

Jan and Gerthy

This Renaissance Project seeks to not only to relocate a thousand people, but also develop standards of achievement in ecological community reconstruction. A community is not simply to put a roof over the head of a family, but to provide the appropriate conditions in order not to deviate from the Haitian way of life. Thus, the project will develop a culturally grounded yet sustainably modern community. It will allow the use of technology to provide access to potable water, sanitary disposal of sewage, and electricity while using methods that are environmentally efficient. This ambitions project also aims to provide a model for sustainable settlements in Haiti and throughout the world.

Meet our team members. Gerthy Lahens, a Haitian-American community leader living in the Boston area, collaborated with Jan Wampler, an MIT Professor of Architecture, to design a center for education and training in sustainable farming.

Gerthy Lahens, a Haitian grassroots community organizer

Jan Wampler is a Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Melvin King is a retired Adjunct Professor at MIT

Thaddeus Miles is the Director of Public Safety at MassHousing

Johanne Blain, Co-founder of Friends of Petite Anse Inc

Dr. Riche Zamor, head of Fondwa University

Virginie Greene is a Professor of French at Harvard University

Ryan Doone, Amanda Levesque and Ira Winder are design students at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning.

Tal Goldenberg and Renelle Torrico are recent MIT alumni.

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Site Plan


See For Yourself

To learn more about the Renaissance Project, you can download our full presentation in PDF format. SImply click the following link, or right click and choose "save link as" to begin downloading:

   Renaissance Project: Hope for Haiti

If you have any questions, comments, or you would like to get involved with the project, contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Contact Us

The Renaissance Project plans to begin construction as soon as funds are available. Our team is working at MIT as well as on the ground in Haiti to organize implementation efforts.

Address: Boston, MA, USA
Telephone: +1-857-615-0102