In the midst of a world obsessed with charity and saviors, the community of Cité Soleil rejects that model and is carving another path. United, they’re confronting their challenges head on by tapping into their own resources to reclaim their dignity, realize their full potential and reimagine their futures.

“Everyone who is imaginative is extraordinary.” – Ulrich (community leader)

Cité Soleil, generally characterized as one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of the Western Hemisphere, reminiscent of the Favela’s of the City of God, has so much more to offer the world, than the world expects. Dominant media portrayals focus on the violence, emphasize it’s rife with disease and contamination, underscore the lack of education and opportunity and paint it as the literal and figurative sewer of Haiti’s capital. City of Sun pushes beyond that simplistic narrative to reveal the magic, power and dreams of its people. Malteser International has been working on the ground in solidarity with these communities to help support sustainable futures and shine a light on the resiliency of Cité Soleil.

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Special thank you to the talented Lakou Mizik for their musical additions to this short with their songs – Bade Zille and Parenn Legba. You can check out their work at or Vimeo Profile: