Happy New Year & Independence!

Le Flambeau Foundation , Inc., 12/29/23

As we raise a toast to the New Year we reflect on this past year’s triumphs and the arrival of a new year 2024 filled with powerful optimism for an outstanding series of new achievements. On this same day, January 1st, 2024, Haitians around the world mark not only the arrival of a new year, but also the 220th anniversary of Haiti’s liberation (January 1, 1804). This day, etched in history as a beacon of freedom and self-determination, continues to inspire people everywhere.

We believe that education is the key to unlocking a brighter future for Haiti, ultimately benefiting all of us. In the spirit of both new beginnings and cherished traditions, we offer you a dual gift.  Firstly, a curated collection of stories and accomplishments of our youth. These are the faces of Haiti’s tomorrow, and a reminder that with the right support, anything is  possible.  And secondly, a delectable taste of the traditional January 1st  Soup Joumou, a Haitian recipe bursting with flavor and symbolism. This dish, passed down through generations, is enjoyed with family and friends on January 1st and is a metaphor for success, a celebration of both past triumphs and future aspirations.

This is the essence of the Le Flambeau Foundation : to champion achievements, to nurture potential, and to illuminate the path for Haitian youth as they strive towards independence, leadership, and the dream of a sustainable future for all.  May this New Year be filled with even more triumphs, and may we each continue to pass forward our torch of freedom, opportunity, and elevation, paving the way for a stronger more vibrant future – in Haiti and throughout our world.

Join the movement and pass your torch forward (click here).  Happy New Year! Joyeuse Fête de l’Indépendance!

Soup Joumou Recipe

Le Flambeau Foundation , Inc.   

Board of Directors: J. St.Lot-Gervais, J. Puchner, G. Collingwood, A. Holman, S. Colas-Gervais

Curated Collection of Triumphs


  • See Foundation News and learn more (click here)
  • Join the movement and pass the torch forward (click here)

To read an article about finding the original declaration of Independence document click here.


### How to Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with the    Le Flambeau Foundation    As a supporter you can donate to the foundation, volunteer your time, or become a mentor to a young person in Haiti.