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Together for Haiti: Cité Lespwa

by Dan Cruver Published Jan 29, 2010

If the people of Haiti had to sleep on the ground, so would she.

Britney Winn, a 2009 graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, was in Haiti serving at an orphanage when the earthquake hit.  After being evacuated the next weekend and sleeping 12 hours in the shelter and comfort of her own home, Britney woke with the plight of Haiti’s orphans weighing heavily upon her. She was determined to do something more for them. So, Britney decided to establish a tent city: if Haiti’s children had to sleep on the ground, so would she.

So, on Wednesday afternoon, January 2oth, Britney and others (mostly college students and young adults from the area) set up Cité Lespwa (Creole for “City of Hope”) on the campus of Centenary College. Their goal was to raise awareness and $1 million for Haiti’s orphans. Britney blogged about their experience here.

The Shreveport Times published two stories about Cité Lespwa:

Shreveport tent city to raise money for Haiti relief
Tent city short of $1M goal but could go national

We are pleased to announce that Together for Adoption will be partnering with Britney Winn with the goal of seeing Cité Lespwa duplicated all across the country. Our plan is to host the next tent city in Greenville, South Carolina the first Friday-Saturday (12 noon to 12 noon) in March, with other cities signing up for successive Friday-Saturday dates. We hope to see Cité Lespwas hosted by cities throughout the country well into the spring and summer months.

Every dollar raised through Cité Lespwa will go to support Haiti’s orphans through our Church-Centered Haitian Orphan Initiative. Details are forthcoming.

If your church would like information about hosting a Cité Lespwa in your city, please contact Jon Evans (Community Manger for Cité Lespwa):

Britney Winn is serving as National Coordinator for Cité Lespwa. We’re thrilled to have her join the Together for Adoption team.

Become a Facebook Fan of Cité Lespwa.

  • Justin Kirkes

    I am so pleased to hear this! Thank you so much for partnering with Cite’ Lespwa and making it your own. Truly, you will discover and spread hope, both for the people of Haiti and for yourselves!

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