LATISM Sustainable Development Projects

I am so thrilled to announce a series of sustainable projects that LATISM will be undertaking in order to bring our mission forward.  We have received so much.  Now it’s time for you and me to give back in very concrete ways.  I will not ask for money or donations.  These projects will take way more than that.  I will ask for YOU! Come and bring your knowledge, your talents, your experience, your strengths, your passion.  Come and bring YOURSELF! this can be done in person and/or online.  If you are with me so far, keep reading because this will get better.

Remember LATISM4Haiti? we were able to raise thousands and thousands of dollars for that project which we donated to the AARP Foundation.  In light of the current situation in Haiti with still millions of homeless and orphans we have decided to implement the pilot LATISM Sustainable Development Project right on the border of Haiti.  This will ensure a safe infrastructure but also the vicinity to the mothers and children we want to help.

Ready?  We are going to run three main projects in parallel from July 11th to July 29th 2011:


Yes, that’s right!  We will run a Summer Camp for 150 kids and teens with a series of one week workshops to build capacity in a fun and engaging way through sports, visual arts, performing arts and technology.

All workshop will have a concrete result at the end of each week.  We will have a tournament on Friday mornings and a Show every Friday evenings where the performing and visual arts workshops can display their work.  We will have the book releases, exhibits and short films online as well. This will give our entire LATISM community an opportunity to be part of the project.

Initial Workshop Ideas:

Sports:   Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, Martial Arts

Performing Arts: Theater, Film, Dance, Music

Visual Arts: Watercolors, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics

Academic Skills: English as a second language, Computer Skills, Entrepreneurship, Social Media 101, Spanish Immersion, Applied Math, Blogging 101, Vlogging 101


We will build a cyber room on the village in order to leave them connected with their new LATISM familia and the world.  The following will be included/installed:

1)      20 Laptops

2)      1 Router

3)      5 Flip cameras (to lend for max 1 day by the community members)

4)      5 Digital cameras (to lend for max 1 day by the community members)

5)      Microsoft Office Suite

6)      Photoshop

7)      Illustrator

8)      (we might add more things down the road)


The scope of this project is to build technical capacity among mothers to help them connect to the global community in order to:

1)      Join a supporting network of mothers

2)      Have the tools to express their voices and represent their community

3)      Create small online enterprises to improve their finances (help a mom and you help a family)

We will use the LATISM Cyber Rooms as the hub for the Mamá por Mamá project.  Ideally we will leave a group of local mothers in charge to train fellow mothers and to manage the Cyber Room and equipment loans throughout the week.

You can get involved with this project in many ways:

1)      Come for a minimum of one week to teach a computer class (must be in Spanish or French/Creole)

2)      Come for a minimum of one week to teach an English class (no Spanish needed)

3)      Volunteer to teach a private English class to a mom (on Skype)

4)      Hire the moms we will train to provide cyber services.

5)      Buy the products from the LATISM Sustainable e-commerce when it’s ready at the end of the summer

6)      Promote their store, blog, products on your blog

Adopt a mom and coach her on how to blog, network online, provide online services and generate revenue


We will need all Latinos in Social Media to get involved on this project.  Here are some ideas:

1)      Come for a minimum of one week to volunteer on the project (More details to come later during the week)

2)      Organize a collection of school supplies, toys and used laptops, flip cameras and digital cameras in your next LATISM Tweetup, at church,  your job, family, school or anywhere where you have influence.

3)      Hire the moms and camp teens we will train to provide cyber services.

4)      Buy the products from the LATISM Sustainable e-commerce when it’s ready at the end of the summer

Imagine how amazing to be able to actually go to this village and make a difference in the lives of so many people.  If you’ve come this far on the post, you deserve to know this information:

  • The best part is that the village is located on one of the most beautiful virgin beaches of the island.
  • Since we want to live the life style of the people of the village, it will cost $10/day for room and board (on a sleeping bag or an inflatable bed) and food.
  • We also want moms to come with your kids, so we’ll have a great Spanish Full Immersion Camp for our kids
  • We will have a tournament on Friday mornings and a Show every Friday evenings where the performing and visual arts workshops can display their work.   So the fun will be guaranteed!
  • Excursions!!! We will have great trips on the weekends to explore the island and recharge for the week’s workload.    You should calculate these outings to cost from $30 to $80 depending on where we decide to go.  The volunteers will vote on the destination.  There might be different excursions going on during the same weekend since the volunteers with kids might have different priorities than the volunteers who come without kids.

Are you already excited? Because I am – BIG TIME!

We will have a site dedicated to the project with every single detail you will need.  In the meantime, please let me know what you think of this initiative and start giving your valuable suggestions.  This is our project so let’s build it together.



  1. Maria Lopez 9 years ago

    I’m in love with these projects! You guys are amazing. I’m going, I’m going! where do I sign up? the Mamá por Mamá is something I’ve been wanting to do all my life. It’s such power to get a group of moms to help each other. We get it when it comes to building capacity. Let me see how much time I can get off from work. But I’m joining you for at least one week.

  2. This is a great initiative.. please keep me posted, how can we help!!

    Johanne 9 years ago

    I want to get involved and help people as well. My family wants to extend our hand in helping people’s life to make it better.

    Ariel Coro 9 years ago

    Felicidades por esta iniciativa tan impresionante, esperamos más detalles para participar y contribuir.

    Congratulations for this excellent initiative. We’ll be eagerly awaiting more details to participate and contribute.

    Variola 9 years ago

    I already send this link to all of my friends, families and officemate. I want to spread the good news and this deserves more people to be involved.

    AnaRC 9 years ago

    Thank you all for your great feedback and enthusiasm. This proofs that we really want to give back to our community. I’ll have more details during the week. Still working on some last minute logistics since we want this to be a transforming experience for both the recipients and the volunteers. Que emoción!

    AnaRC 9 years ago

    Ariel, ya te puedo ver dando tus clases de technologia y luego tomando agua de coco en una de las playas vigenes mas bellas de la isla. Que bueno que te gusta el proyecto. Me encantaria que te animes a venir. Dale!

    AnaRC 9 years ago

    So glad you like it Maria! I’ll have more details later during the week. You Rock girl!!

    Ariel Coro 9 years ago

    Gracias Ana! De verdad que me encantaría ir. Mándanos más info cuando la tengas y así podemos coordinarlo.

    El agua de coco es buena para los riñones pero las clases de tecnología son buenas para el cerebro así que toca tomar un poco de las dos!

    Keep us in the loop let us know how we can help.

    Felicidades nuevamente!

    vielka 9 years ago

    Kuddos to Latism! The more we give the more we receive.

    Bronte 9 years ago

    You can say that again! I am also super excited about it. I also suggest that if we can join hands on creating more homes and teach more people to learn on ways to earn money.

    ElianneRamos 9 years ago

    We’re thrilled by all the amazing response from the community so far – together, we can make the world better… a comunidad unida can do miracles – si se puede!

    Andres Henriquez 9 years ago

    Great idea and well thought through. Very exciting indeed!


    Que buena idea! I LOVE it! Looking forward to helping out!

    Dominique 9 years ago

    This is AMAZING!!! SO excited!

  16. Peta-de-Aztlan 9 years ago

    Venceremos! This is indeed a beautiful project that is practical and sorely needed, esp. for the people of Haiti and the larger Caribbean. In fact, we should have these kinds of projects all over Aztlán (U.S. southwest) or wherever they are needed.

    People need to look at how they spend their money and look at how we can target our financial expenditures in most fruitful ways. Nice if we could get POTUS Obama to Donate a billion instead of wasting tax-payers’ money on doomed war adventures.

    Life is all interconnected. Venceremos! @Peta_de_Aztlan

    will 9 years ago

    Hi Ana. After reading this, I feel called to help in any way — possibly even going down for at least a week — which would be ideal.

    I’d love to know what next steps are as this project takes further shape. I’ll help spread the word too.

    Willie Arredondo
    @Global Evolution (Twitter)

    Cassandra 9 years ago

    You can say that again! I am also super excited about it. I also suggest that if we can join hands on creating more homes and teach more people to learn on ways to earn money.

    Emmanuel 9 years ago

    Count me in! I also would want to help. I can’t wait till that day comes. I am definitely sure that I will join.

    maxime 9 years ago

    This is what I really want to see people helping people. I feel different when helping people. I feel like I am in heaven.

    blancastella 9 years ago

    What an amazing project. I will definitely spread the love!

    Carole 9 years ago

    I am looking forward to MAMA X MAMA project and to be honest I also want to join and teach people how to blog.

    Stevenson 9 years ago

    I am excited and ready for the month of July. I know for sure that this project will be a success.

    Marckens Roméo 9 years ago

    After reading this post, it made me decide that you can put my name on list. I also want to join just like the rest of the people in here.

    Stephane 9 years ago

    The Excursion adds more excitement because I really want to go around and see different destination.

    Fredeline 9 years ago

    It’s amazing how these projects were planned and I love the intention of helping people.

    Ariel 9 years ago

    I’m saving all my money now so I can bring my kids on the summer camp.

    Stanley 9 years ago

    I suggest that we should share this info to more people and invite more people around the world to join as well.

    Jean-Paul 9 years ago

    people with good heart and soul will be blessed more by God. This is more than amazing.

    Ed 9 years ago

    The more people I can see that will join the more excitement that I feel inside of me. I can’t wait for that day to come.

    Tasha 9 years ago

    Good day to you my friend. We are missionaries from the Philippines and we as a group would want to share our hands to help more people and to make changes for everyone.

    Nerlande 9 years ago

    Wow! I can see many people becoming more aware and showing their intention to help. I as well want to join and I am a freelance writer and would want to write about the project to let the world know.

    Laurette 9 years ago

    Je voyage partout dans le monde et j’ai vu votre site. Je pense à passer et vérifier les choses. Je peux ajouter plus d’aide et plus de gens à se joindre.

    Apple Dds0 9 years ago

    Así que feliz de ver este post y me gustaría expresar mi apoyo a usted. Les deseo a todos los mejores proyectos y más a mucha gente. Si necesita ayuda, por favor hágamelo saber.

    Jean Emmanuel 9 years ago

    Conozco a un montón de gente y amigos que le encantaría participar. También me gustaría saber cómo proceder y unirse.

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