In August 2012, April Benson, founder and CEO of The Dirt Road Project, Inc., traveled to Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, to assist in recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Impacted by the immense poverty, malnutrition, lack of schools and healthcare, and inhabitable housing, April returned to the US, vowing to create change for the people of Haiti. Thus, The Dirt Road Project was born.
The mission of TDRP is to empower under-served communities in achieving wellness and economic prosperity through sustainable opportunities. In Haiti, this will include healthcare, education, food and farming, and housing programs. TDRP is focused on building its first community of hope in Hinche, Haiti, population of approximately 50,000. TDRP first initiatives will be conducted in four phases over the course of five years with project completion expected in calendar year 2021.
While development is underway in Haiti, communities of hope will be springing up as well in Rochester, NY. A native Rochesterian, and mother of three children with special needs, April recognized the great need for sustainable housing for under-served populations in her own community. This initiative will include homes for the developmentally disabled, veterans, and single-parent families. The first home for the developmentally disabled is slated to open in Summer 2018.
We invite you to join Us at the Mill Creek Golf Course in Rochester New York on September 15th at 11:30am for the second annual Dirt Cup. We are looking for players, volunteers, corporate sponsors and donations to make this day a success. With your generous support, we can provide hope to the beautiful people of Haiti, one sustainable community at a time with a lasting generational impact.