Nests for Life, Haiti

Project location

Gressier, Haiti

Project duration and start

5 years, 2010

Project sponsor

TUI AG, TUI Germany, TUI Austria, TUI Switzerland

Project description

The major earthquake on Haiti in 2010 solicited great sympathy from around the world for the fate of the people living there. The Futourists of the TUI Group decided to establish a special project to improve the living conditions and thus give the country, which borders directly on the already established tourism destination of the Dominican Republic, hope for a new start.

“Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li” - the Creole proverb means "little by little, the bird builds its nest" and is the emblem for the Futouris-funded project "Nests for Life. Step-by-step, in collaboration with the Salesians of Don Boscos, Futouris is developing "Nests for Life, which will be a new home, a workplace and a secure living space for the people affected by the earthquake. Thus, we are creating education nests - as work and teaching space, dwelling nests - as locations for new homes, culture nests – as a meeting place for cultural exchange and the maintenance of traditional culture, and nature nests – as locations where the traditional local natural gardens are revived.

According to the motto, "not against nature, but in her" – nests for life should be designed as living spaces that take consideration of nature's interests and preserve the cultural identity of the people who will be living there. Thus, the project is part of a development process based on sustainability right from the start.  In the long-term, this will lay the foundation for the development of a sustainable destination and Haiti can be carefully prepared for tourist perspectives. A joint project philosophy was developed for the overall project, which serves as the basis for the implementation and as a guideline for all people participating in the project.

Project goals

  • Building of training schools, to help adolescents and adults to achieve economic independence and to give them the opportunity to establish sustainable tourism ("education nests")
  • Building of sleeping and living quarters for children, adolescents and homeless earthquake victims ("dwelling nests")
  • Initiation of programs to promote an independent cultural identity, build meeting places for cultural exchange and maintain traditional culture ("culture nests")
  • Expansion of the traditional natural gardens to achieve self-sufficiency ("nature nests")

Project partner / Project coordinator

Project organisation: Don Bosco Mondo

Project coordinator: Dr. Nelson Penedo