Originally, Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel was located in Boutillers, not far outside Port-au-Prince, which included a small piece of land and the former family house of the Duvailers, the family that ruled Haiti by dictatorship from 1957-1986. After receiving threats from the extended Duvalier family, Danielle decided it was necessary to relocate the orphanage, and in 2005, the current property was purchased. Construction on the foster home facility began shortly after, which would be designed to fit more children as well as more space for multidisciplinary staff that would provide more individualized support for each child.
In the last decade, life at Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel has changed significantly due to the relocation of the orphanage and dramatic change of atmosphere. The new property, located on the mountainside in Thomassin 32, a community along Route de Kenscoff between Pétionville and Port-au-Prince, included 8 acres of beautiful land. This property would be the chance for immense change and development at L’Arc-en-Ciel
Soon after the relocation to the new facility and property, Danielle became extremely interested in utilizing the resources and property to create an income for the orphanage, so they would not have to rely on outside donations for all their internal needs. While the land had great potential and the staff and children were all willing to embark on these projects, Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel simply lacked the expertise in agriculture and livestock that was required to get the income-generating activities off the ground and to be operational, let alone profitable.
The Honey for Haiti project, with the help of Arpin Strong, can accelerate economic, social, and environmental change and sustainability at Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel,. Since meeting Danielle in 2014, we have been working to bring together the experts who can truly assist in facilitating successful income-generating projects, such as raising and farming of chickens, goats, and cows, as well as agricultural and apicultural initiatives, each of which require an extremely efficient usage of scarce financial and environmental resources. We will use all the funds we are able to raise through our sale of “Honey for Haiti”, natural beeswax candles and lip balm, as well as actively searching for corporate sponsors who share the same passion for sustainable change as we do at Honey for Haiti and Arpin Strong.