During Haiti’s 200 years of independence, it has experienced 33 coup d’etats and countless civil unrest. The process of democracy has been chatted with the coup of February 29, 2004 creating more instability and insecurity in the country. Haiti is also known for its brutal army, which was the end product of the United States occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934. This oppressive body had a duty to secure power and protect the Haitian elites, whose intent has always been to accumulate wealth and control the underprivileged Haitians. The Haitian Army and the Tonton oppressed, killed and tortured thousands of Haitians. Although, the Army was dismantled in 1994 by then President Jean Bertrand Aristide, in 2003 the army has regained their footing and are now fully involved and contributing to the instability of the country.
Fondasyon Mapou seeks to establish a conflict resolution program that will train local community leaders, educators and the youth to enhance their listening and negotiation skills. These techniques can be integrated into their daily activities to promote winnable solutions and create the space necessary to live peacefully with one another. Fondasyon Mapou will encourage individuals to exercise their civic responsibility in a non-violent way and inspire them to adhere to democratic principles.