We Dream Of…
A world free from extreme poverty:
One country at a time
From an impossible dream to reality
A lesson from the Citadelle
The Citadelle Laferrière in Haiti…
Is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas and was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 1982.
The Citadelle was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804), after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century.
The massive stone structure was built by up to 20,000 workers between 1805 and 1820 as part of a system of fortifications designed to keep the newly independent nation of Haiti safe from French incursions. The Citadelle was built several miles inland, and atop the 3,000 ft (910 m) Bonnet a L’Eveque mountain, to deter attacks and to provide a lookout into the nearby valleys.
The lesson: ‘Anything is possible with effective leadership’.
To create a self-sustainable Haiti through initiatives that improve and promote leadership, education, youth development, innovation and national production.