YMCA Haiti

Date of foundation of the YMCA: 

1966, reopened in 2001.

The YMCA was first introduced in Haiti in 1966 by the YMCA of Argentina, but it did not last. Several unsuccessful attempts were made in the 1970s, followed by another failed initiative by the YMCA of Venezuela in the 1980s. In 1999, the YMCA of Canada was mandated by the World Alliance of YMCAs to revive the movement in Haiti. The YMCA of Montreal sent a team to work with existing leaders, resulting in the establishment of the Konbit Community Center in 2001. The center was officially inaugurated in 2002 and played a crucial role in managing relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake. The YMCA of Haiti has since developed partnerships and strategic plans for further growth and aims to build a modern YMCA to serve the community.