July 4, 2012 Figaro Gaston DEVANM Les Cayes Haiti “The Inspirational Leadership for a New Haiti” (Part three in week-long series).

Listen to Program. July 4, 2012 Figaro Gaston DEVANM Les Cayes Haiti “The Inspirational Leadership for a New Haiti” (Part three in week-long series).

Figaro Gaston was born in the winter of 1969 in Kenscof, the Quest region of Haiti. His Mother was a nanny and Father building contractor. Kenscof is located in a mountainous area of Haiti some ten kilometers to the south east of Port-au-Prince at an elevation of 1500 meters. Gaston was a child whose life was based in the countryside immersed in nature and the regions trees and plantations. He graduated as a carpenter technician a trade of which he holds great passion to this day. Gaston is father to four children three of which reside in Haiti. His fourth child was born and lives in the United States. Gaston has been concerned for his country and has spent his life as an advocat for change and development. In this he promotes open minds and hearts towards a once again independent Haiti. He founded with friends the association of DEVANM which in creole translates into “developing hand to hand.” Between 2004 and 2007 he became vice-mayor in the town of Petition Ville in greater Port-au-Prince. During that time in 2007 while on a trip to the United States, he lost a cousin who was killed prompting his family to advise that his return to Haiti would be ill advised. As a Haitian leader and strong advocate for change he now intends on returning to Haiti. Until then he asks all Haitians in and away from their home country and those supporting the future of this country, to fund business in the country. He himself has devoted his life to doing the same for a strong and viable nation. He is also the founder of Figaro Productions a business based in Haiti since 1998 where tools and skills are developed for use by constructions companies and schools. On his return to Haiti he intends to develop projects in agriculture and community self-reliance for a richer and more unified country – a country where wealth defines not monetary possessions but indeed an abundance in human hearts and minds. The association of DEVANM sets its intention to work according to the mandate of the Haitian Flag and ideals “The Union makes the Force.” DEVANM has already has made firm contacts and relationships with the Bridges Life Connections project for Haiti. They are to mobilize the DEVANM people and create three Leadership Programs in for the young people of Petion Ville.

What is a Leadership Program?

The study of leadership can be traced back to Plato, Sun Tzu and Machiavelli; however, leadership has only become the focus of contemporary academic studies in the last 60 years, and particularly more so in the last two decades. In the case of the Leadership program developed by the Project Bridges, Life Connections, the original Idea of which by David William Gibbons was to develop a program that could offer Haitian common people, (not just academics) an understanding about their country and working together towards understanding their own necessities and goals. The ideas came close to one hunger of organization of minds and communities and so, we developed not simply a program that they will study, but developed a basic idea of Leadership Program in which they will create themselves. All classes, selected individuals, venue and times including the adaptation of the program will be completed and organized by the Haitian people themselves. The Leadership Program “Bridges Life Connection” will be currently the only program in the entire world where one NetWork – where many people who may not yet know each other personally – are donating their time, art, efforts and actions in respecting the identity, history and dignity of Haiti and its people. This leadership program, and each course module will be under the supervision of AJEPTOCH – Cayes for a period of two years. At the end of this period the course  leaders will be able to evaluate the actions and success of their community. Let’s go and work there in June, 18 to 22 – 2012. We hope that this Pilot Plan can develop and grow in all the  Haitian communities and perhaps even in many communities around the world. Now you may ask “which large foundation, which political class or who is making the financial help for all this to become a reality?” We can respond: “All networks involved are giving of themselves whole-heartedly. The goal is that one day, Bridges Life Connections will pay for its own project. However, for now, everyone including Haitian people are donating and expending their own money.(No one of us is a millionaire) This means that you can take action. Make the difference and help others and above all yourself to dream your new world!

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