Louino Robillard: Haitian peacebuilder committed to reforestation and Haiti’s youth

“Peacebuilder” Louino Robillard has made it his mission to help rebuild his native Haiti and empower its youth to become environmental guardians.

Focused on reforestation and community building projects in St Raphael, the Haitian activist has been at the forefront of many community projects since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Most notably, Louino Robillard and his wife, Sabina Robillard, brought an area of land in St Raphael in 2015 and founded Pak Nan Ginen – a small community park with a big vision of restoring forest to the area, teaching social change, and building leaders.

Tired of seeing outsiders – the government, international nonprofits, and the United Nations – make all the decisions in his community, he mobilised other young people in Cite Solei, Haiti’s largest ghetto, to take matters into their own hands and transform the area into a place where both culture and community thrive.

Northern Haiti is one of the most deforested countries in the world. Inspired to bring the forest back to the area and to devote his life to social change, Louino Robillard’s peace building initiatives are far reaching.

The peacebuilder has also been seeking and championing young Haitians to engage in community work. He founded the Cité Soleil Peace Prize in 2014 to honour under-recognised or emerging leaders living in Cité Soleil who are making a positive impact in the spirit of “konbit”, the Haitian Creole word for solidarity.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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