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Leaving a Lasting Legacy Introducing "The Net"
Transforming a Community
In May of 2016 Intellinet announced its partnership with New Story, a San Francisco based non-profit to transform the lives of hundreds of families in the slum village of Minoterie, Haiti by building a sustainable, hope-giving community, starting with the construction of 115 houses in honor of our 115 employees.
Our Call to Make An Impact
In August of 2015, the Intellinet leadership team started to brainstorm models to #MakeAnImpact in the world. They wanted this corporate theme to manifest itself in 3 core actions: “Leading Boldly, Giving Generously, and Modeling Stewardship.”
New Story and Intellinet crossed paths in October 2015 at the Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Our CEO, Mark Seeley, and Founder, Frank Bell, envisioned ‘The Net’ after hearing New Story’s CEO, Brett Hagler, share his mission and impact in Haiti. Mark was busy taking notes on the morning event’s program at his seat, vision-casting an extraordinary way to make an impact.
Fast forward a few months, and Intellinet felt compelled to action. Mark, Frank, and Brett took a trip to Haiti to meet the Mission of Hope team, see the impact of the finished Leveque community and visit the new land in Minoterie. (Minoterie is translated in the local language as “less than nothing.”) Intellinet called a Board Meeting, executed a signed Letter of Intent, and followed through with the funds to make “less than nothing” a new story of hope, unlocked opportunity, and a greater future.
From Vision to Reality
The vision written on Mark’s breakfast program has become a reality. In October 2016, the first batch of homes in "The Net" were dedicated and the lives of 36 families were forever changed as they moved into safe and stury homes.
On the day following The Net's dedication ceremony, the Category 5 Hurricane Matthew struck the coast of Haiti. Winds were high in Minoterie at the site of the Net. We were thrilled to learn that all roofs in the new community stayed on, all the buildings remained fully intact, and all families were kept safe, including the many other villagers who came into these homes to weather the storm.
A Broader Impact
The Net is New Story's first holistic community under it's new "Architect Program" designed to allow a strategic giving partner to select an identified community in need and help to fund and design the broad footprint of community transformation with local operations partners so that families can move into safe homes faster and in a more predictable process. The Net has been launched with the following integrated initial components defined to unlock life-changing opportunity in Minoterie, Haiti:
- Home build out plan – phase 1 of 115 homes (Complete)
- Elemetary school (Complete)
- Child development center (Partner committed)
- Three Cords manufacturing factory providing jobs (Partner committed)
- Playground and athletic field (Vision, open for partnership)
- Gardens and sustainable agriculture training (Partner committed)
Intellinet is helping New Story forge the strategic elements for this great new program of repeatable, community transformation all over the globe. Our goal is to make an impact beyond this one community in need by inspiring others organizations, both big and small, to reimagine ways in which they too can materially give back.
New Story's Architect Program enables corporations or individuals to fund, build and transform an entire community in the developing world
Greetings from The Net
A message from our team's visit to Haiti to dedicate the first 36 homes in The Net.