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Coaches Across Continents: Localising solutions with the Sanneh Foundation

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Coaches Across Continents: Localising solutions with the Sanneh Foundation

SDL coach, Nora Dooley, shares her thoughts on our growing partnership with The Sanneh Foundation and our recent training in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The United States and Haiti have a delicate relationship. From suspect political manoeuvres to the post-disaster onslaught of NGOs ‘doing good’, I am often more convinced of the harm we have caused than the progress we have helped.

This is a bit glass-half-empty, yes. But it comes from a place of concern. I am from the US (Boston, MA), and Haiti was the first ‘developing’ country I ever visited. I was there in 2012 and have been back twice with Coaches Across Continents (CAC) in 2014 and 2015. I have been exposed to groups wanting so badly to ‘do good’ and actually causing harm, as well as organisations committed to long-term, locally sustainable, and the-US-does-not-know-best type of initiatives. One of the latter is led by The Sanneh Foundation (TSF).

TSF is a non-profit based in the United States. They have programmes running locally in Minnesota communities and internationally in Haiti with their Haitian Initiative (HI). CAC first began partnering with TSF in Haiti, running trainings for their HI coaches and supporting their work year-round from January 2014. We hit it off, so to speak, identifying early on that our passions and values lined up, laying the foundation for a great partnership. Later in 2014 we launched our ‘on-field’ relationship with the team in Minnesota, training TSF Dreamline leaders using CAC Self-Directed Learning methodology. Since its inception, the relationship has matured, exploring new ways to support TSF programmes at home and abroad.

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Having personally led the Haiti trainings with HI for the past two years, I was excited to visit Minnesota (for the first time), learn more about TSF’s base, and work with this year’s batch of Dreamline coaches. The week was brilliant. I could not have asked for a better group of young leaders to teach and learn from; they were enthusiastic about life and education, they were intelligent and thirsty for new ideas, they were welcoming to an outsider (who kept championing the Patriots), and they were open and creative when asked to rise to various challenges.


[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]

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Nicholas Gates

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 00:00