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We are community members, volunteers and donors, who share a common goal: to bridge the technology of a developed country with a country that can barely meet even the most basic human needs. HTSC has one foot firmly planted in the USA and one foot firmly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are a bridge between the problems and the possibilities
Working in conjunction with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other partners, our mission is to transfer technologies to the DRC that create sustainable access to clean drinking water, proper sanitation, and durable housing while minimizing the impact on the environment.
We envision a future in which all people of the DRC have the ability to take charge of their own resources and live in a healthy and productive environment.
Respect: Acknowledging the cultural differences -- even between villages within the Congo, it is
crucial that community members and elders support and are engaged in our work. We do this by
listening to and developing respectful relationships with villagers. They are our teachers and guides, as
much as we are theirs.
Empowerment: We believe that rolling up our sleeves and working side by side with community
members fosters sustainability and strengthens the community at large. We employ and train villagers
during the building of water and sanitation facilities, empowering them to become teams of trained
technicians capable of building and caring for their own systems in the future.
Integrity: HTSCongo conducts business in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical. HTSCongo
strives to be a good steward of the resources bequeathed to it.
Collaboration: HTSCongo seeks to build strategic partnerships with the Local Governments, NGOs
(non-governmental organizations), SHGs (self help groups), CBOs (community based organizations)
and other like minded national and international organizations by planning and implementing
appropriate interventions. While strategic partners represent an array of potential resources that can be
brought to any single project, HTSCongo offers its uniquely exceptional on site project management
capability. In addition to speaking the language, we are fully versed in local hiring, materials
procurement, security, banking, and other construction practices. We bring experience in collaborating
successfully with a number of village elders and other community leaders. We have the proven ability
to provide the training and technical expertise necessary to design, complete and manage construction
of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
Respect for the Environment: HTSCongo promotes and uses earth friendly alternatives in all of our
construction projects and endeavors.
We serve the remote poor rural communities most directly affected by the lack of resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
While technologies and tools are essential, the most important aspect of our work lies in engaging the respectful participation of a community. Schools and health clinics are respected, permanent community institutions and have become our partners in engaging and fostering an effective community relationships.
We focus on water, sanitation and hygiene needs. We bring technical expertise, skills and tools to the field and stay as long as needed to ensure that a project is effective, cost-efficient and sustainable. While respecting culture and traditions, we partner with local communities to determine the most sustainable and appropriate solutions for safe and abundant drinking water and sanitation. Our approach to ensure safe water and sanitation for entire villages is to start first to equip schools and health clinics because they are the centers of the community
In 2010, HTSCongo founder Leon Fontier took his family on a trip to the Democratic republic of Congo to show his children his country of birth. Leon was struck by the sight of the people's extreme poverty. The country has great natural resources available and yet services are grossly inadequate and there is no opportunities for it's people. He felt that with minimal financial commitment great change could be effected.
On his return to the USA, Leon dreamt of a grassroots effort that could transfer technologies and improve the health and well-being of the people of the Congo.
Leon began educating friends and family about the crisis he had witnessed. Within a year, six people gathered in Penn Yan, NY, determined to form a non-governemental organization that could bridge the ocean and give a hand-up.
In July, 2012, Habitat Technologies Solutions for the Congo became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) international non-profit humanitarian organization and Leon's dream became a reality .
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