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Haitian Development Network Foundation Commemorates Haiti Flag Day with Renewed Commitment to National Prosperity.

Washington, DC – May 20, 2024 – The Haitian Development Network Foundation (HDN Foundation) proudly joins the people of Haiti in celebrating Haiti Flag Day, a symbol of national pride, resilience, and independence. This significant day, observed annually on May 18th, commemorates the creation of the Haitian flag and the country’s declaration of independence from French colonial rule.

A Day of National Pride

Haiti Flag Day marks the anniversary of the flag’s adoption in 1803, on the final day of the Arcahaie Congress. This historic moment was pivotal in Haiti’s fight for freedom, symbolizing the unity and strength of the revolutionary forces led by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The flag, designed by Dessalines and stitched by Catherine Flon, removed the white stripe from the French tricolor, leaving the blue and red bands representing the unity of Haitians of African heritage and the ‘Gens de couleur’ or people of color.

Historical Significance

The creation of the Haitian flag was a watershed moment in the nation’s history, marking a definitive break from colonial oppression and the birth of the first black republic. The flag has undergone several modifications since its inception, but its core symbolism of unity and resilience remains unchanged. Today, the flag features two horizontal bands of blue and red, with the coat of arms of the Republic in the center, symbolizing the strength found in unity.

HDN Foundation’s Ongoing Efforts

As we celebrate this day of national pride, the HDN Foundation reaffirms its dedication to addressing the pressing challenges facing Haiti. Our initiatives are designed to promote sustainable development, improve food security, enhance education, and provide essential healthcare services to the most vulnerable communities.

Food Security Initiatives

In response to the severe food insecurity affecting nearly half of the population, the HDN Foundation has implemented comprehensive education and training programs. These initiatives teach effective planting and harvesting techniques, empowering residents to grow their own food and achieve greater self-sufficiency. Our efforts are critical in a country where approximately 4.97 million people struggle with food shortages.

Education and Empowerment

Education remains a cornerstone of our mission. By supporting schools and educational programs, the HDN Foundation is investing in the future leaders of Haiti. We believe that access to quality education is essential for breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering a brighter future for all Haitians.

Healthcare and Well-being

Access to healthcare is another significant challenge in Haiti. The HDN Foundation supports clinics and health programs that provide essential medical services, ensuring that more Haitians receive the care they need. Our efforts are focused on improving the overall health and well-being of the population, particularly children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

A Message from Jacques Jonassaint, President of HDN Foundation

“Haiti Flag Day is a powerful reminder of our nation’s resilience and the enduring spirit of our people. The HDN Foundation is committed to building a prosperous and sustainable future for Haiti. We honor the legacy of our ancestors by continuing their fight for freedom and equality through our ongoing initiatives.”

Join Us in Making a Difference

The HDN Foundation invites everyone to join us in our mission to create a better Haiti. Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness, every action counts. Together, we can honor the legacy of Haiti Flag Day by making tangible contributions to the well-being of our beloved nation.

For more information about our initiatives and how you can get involved, please visit our website at www.hdnfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Jacques Jonassaint

Email: jacques@hdn.org

Location: Washington, DC

About HDN Foundation:

The Haitian Development Network Foundation (HDN Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting social and economic development in Haiti. The HDN Foundation supports economic empowerment, educational advancement, and governmental reform in Haiti. With your support, we can work tirelessly to assist Haitians with civic engagement, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficiency, all crucial for promoting social and economic development in Haiti.