A promising future for Haitian citizens

A Haiti with a functioning democracy. A Haiti where human rights are respected. A Haiti with a vibrant economy and a thriving agricultural sector. And a European Union which contributes in a meaningful way to achieving those goals.

Who we are

The Coordination Europe-Haiti is a network of engaged European civil society organisations and platforms. We work closely with civil society organisations and movements in Haiti. Our members come from six European countries. Read more about us >

Our vision

A promising future for Haitian citizens. A Haiti with a functioning democracy. A Haiti where human rights are respected. A Haiti with a vibrant economy and a thriving agricultural sector. And a European Union which contributes in a meaningful way to achieving those goals.

Our mission

Giving a voice to Haitian civil society in our contacts with the European Union. Promoting, through advocacy and sharing of information, a fruitful relationship between the EU and Haiti, through political dialogue, trade and development cooperation.

Topics

EU-Haïti relations

 

Meet the Steering Committee

Evert-Jan Brouwer

Evert-Jan has chaired the Coordination Europe-Haiti since 2011. He works as a full-time political adviser for Woord en Daad, a Christian NGO in the Netherlands. He has a long experience in influencing decision making processes both in the Netherlands and in the European Union.

“My passion is to maintain an open and effective dialogue with the European Union about developments in Haiti. Through active advocacy we pass on the messages of our Haitian friends to policy makers in Brussels and Strasbourg.”

Els Hortensius

Els has worked for almost 35 years for the Dutch organisation ICCO. From the very beginning of the Coordination Europe-Haiti she has been active in the platform, representing ICCO. At the beginning of 2015 ICCO terminated its programme in Haiti, but Els continues her engagement with Haiti as a volunteer with the Coordination Europe-Haiti.

“Since my first visit to Haiti in 1997, I have been fascinated by the country and its citizens. I feel challenged to give my  support to make the voice of Haitians heard in Brussels.”

Greet Schaumans

Greet is one of the founding members of the Coordination Europe-Haiti. She has been working for the Belgian NGO Broederlijk Delen as manager of the program for Haiti, and for the Belgian NGO confederation 11.11.11 as coordinator of the post-earthquake reconstruction programme. She now works for the platform on a voluntary basis.

‘To be a voice for the Haitian organisations who are struggling for a better life for the Haitian people.’

Barbara Küpper

Barbara Küpper is working for MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation since 2002. After several years as a project manager for different countries in Africa she presently accompanies local partners in Haiti in implementing activities in the field of rural development, health, education and human rights.

‘I believe that the situation in Haiti can only change if people and especially politicians change their behaviour all over the world. We really have to appeal to the consciences of the powerful in Europe and stand up for fair terms of international trade to protect our partners, especially in Haiti.’

Régis Ponthieux

Régis represents the Collectif Haiti de France in the Coordination Europe-Haiti. He is also a member of GREF, the French Groupement Éducateurs Sans Frontières.

“Primarily interested in Haiti because of its glorious and tragic history, especially its tormented links with France, and because of its warm and cheerful people. Involved in concrete projects of support to education and support to schools by training teachers, directors and managers.”