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1 Haitis Citadel: The largest stone fortification of the colonial epoch in the New World

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3 www.haitianpyramid.org A tourist attraction for Haiti Russell Pelle, originator & Executive Director

4 The January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti was one of the worst natural disasters humanity has suffered. Port-au-Prince and other areas were devastated. 300,000 were buried in mass graves. Those who perished in the earthquake should be honored. Haiti must be rebuilt. Reconstruction will require removal of millions of tons of debris.

5 A monument worthy of those who perished in this merciless earthquake could be constructed using debris cleared from areas devastated by the earthquake. The monument should be built at the site of the unmarked mass grave. In addition to honoring those who lost their lives in the earthquake, such a memorial could benefit the Haitian people as a tourist attraction.

6 At the summit, a large, flat open area with an eternal flame. A wide stairway, aligned with the sun every January 12, would ascend to the top. At the top of the stairway, a rainbow arch of colored glass would be set aglow by the rays of the setting sun. The area around the pyramid would be a large botanical garden of Haitian flora – a forest with hiking trails – an ecological park. We propose the monument take the form of a terraced pyramid.

7 This debris could be used to build a pyramid of tremendous size. This is a low tech, labor intensive project, which could employ thousands of workers for years.. An estimated 33,000,000 metric tons of debris must be cleared to make reconstruction possible.

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9 Honor those who perished Mass grave site outside Port-au- Prince

10 Satellite view of proposed site Note severe deforestation. This view of the site, showing the ocean, inspired the idea of also creating a marine sanctuary. The Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project will transform this area into an ecological park : a tourist attraction! Titanyen Marine sanctuary mass grave site pyramid and botanical gardens

11 Florida State Senator Tony Hill Supports the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project

12 By supporting the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, we are provided the opportunity to help this nation become whole again Alvin Brown Mayor Jacksonville, Florida

13 I wish you the best of luck and success in your efforts Corrine Brown U.S. Congresswoman 3 rd District, Florida

14 The many supporters of the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project are committed to honoring the past and giving hope to future generations of Haitians at home and abroad. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

15 Russell Pelle, Executive Director and Roland Wasembeck, Treasurer, spent March 26 – April 3, 2011 in Haiti. Our main objectives in this week long visit to Haiti were to test reaction to the idea – which was very positive – develop our network of supporters...

16 . We examined our proposed site which we discovered was ideal for the pyramid... and an artificial forest - an ecological park - a tourist attraction

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19 Geological aspects of the site were observed Open grave trench reveals strata Exposed strata show a consistent pattern of sedimentary layers

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21 Jean Rene Borde Director of Cabinet Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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24 RUSSELL PELLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROLAND WASEMBECK TREASURER

25 1) Meet with government Ministries 2) Meet with Senators 3) Meet with area Mayors 4) Investigate reported competing project 5) Reach President Martellys inner circle 6) Meet with Sean Penns project personnel 7) Revisit and explore proposed project site – the mass grave at Ti Tanyen 8) Meet with Prime Minister of Haiti 9) Hold national press conference 1) accomplished 2) accomplished 3) accomplished 4) accomplished 5) accomplished 6) accomplished 7) accomplished 8) accomplished 9)accomplished

26 MINISTER OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND PARLIAMENT, JOSEPH JASMIN, FACILITATED SEVERAL MEETINGS FOR US. SENATOR CARLOS LEBON, UNITY PARTY. SENATOR LEBON IS CHAIR OF SENATE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE. WE HAD AN EXCELLENT MEETING WITH HIM, AND HE ARRANGED A MEETING FOR US WITH A GROUP OF SENATORS THE FOLLOWING DAY.

27 IN SENATE BUILDING : ( LEFT TO RIGHT) SENATORS MELIUS HYPPOLITE, OPL PARTY; CARLOS LEBON, UNITY PARTY; FRANÇOIS SAINVIL, UNITY; SIMON DESRAS, UNITY; JEAN BAPTISTE BIEN AIME, UNITY; -- RUSSELL PELLE, ROLAND WASEMBECK -- WENCESCLASS LAMBERT, LESPWA PARTY; JOCELERME PRIVERT, UNITY; (NOT SHOWN – ANDRIS RICHE, ALTERNATIVE PARTY) NADEGE JOACHIM, 2 ND MAYOR OF PORT-AU-PRINCE, LIKED THE PROJECT. SHE ARRANGED FOR US TO MEET WITH AN ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT MICHAEL MARTELLY.

28 WE HAD HEARD THAT ANOTHER PROJECT WAS ALREADY UNDERWAY – WHICH COULD PREVENT OURS FROM BEING AUTHORIZED. DOLORES NEPTUNE, WHO LOST A SON IN THE EARTHQUAKE, HAD BEEN ADVOCATING A MEMORIAL PROJECT - BUT IT WAS NOT ADVANCING. WE AGREED OUR IDEAS WERE IN COMPLETE HARMONY.. MAYOR JOACHIM ARRANGED A MEETING WITH CONSEILLER DU PRÉSIDENT DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE JEAN FRITZ JEAN LOUIS. MR. JEAN LOUIS TOLD US HE LIKED THE PROJECT BUT COULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO PRESIDENT MARTELY UNTIL THE PLANS WERE DEVELOPED IN GREATER DETAIL AND WE COULD DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO FINANCE IT. HE RECOMMENDED WE MEET WITH THE MAYOR OF CABARET, THE TOWN NEAREST TO THE MASS GRAVE SITE, AND HAVE HIM WRITE A LETTER SUPPORTING THE PROJECT.

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34 RUSSELL PELLE ROLAND WASEMBECK

35 HE SHOWED POWER POINTS INTRODUCING THE HAITIAN MEMORIAL PYRAMID PROJECT AND A REPORT ON OUR MARCH 26 – APRIL 3, 2011 MISSION TO HAITI. MR. WASEMBECK DISCUSSED THE PROJECT WITH TELEVISION AND RADIO REPORTERS. HE MET WITH ANOTHER TELEVISION STATION THE FOLLOWING DAY.

36 PRIME MINISTER BELLERIVE LIKED THE PROJECT AND SAID HE COULD FACILITATE A MEETING WITH U.N SPECIAL ENVOY TO HAITI BILL CLINTON TO PRESENT THE HAITIAN MEMORIAL PYRAMID PROJECT, INC.

37 EDWIN PARAISON, MINISTER OF HAITIANS LIVING ABROAD, CALLED A PRESS CONFERENCE TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT. THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS HELD AT THE MINISTRY OFFICE, WITH ROLAND WASEMBECK AND REYNOLD MEDINA REPRESENTING THE PROJECT.

38 IDB President Luis Moreno President William Clinton President Michel Martelly Russell Pelle hands President Martelly a brochure and explains the How long are you going to be in Haiti? Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project Invest in Haiti Forum Karibe Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti November 29,2011

39 Haitian President Micheal Martelly US President US President Bill Clinton Bill Clinton Michelle Obama First Lady, USA Yéle Haiti Non-Profit Organization Port-au-Prince, Haiti Organization of American States Organization of American States Community & Government Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Non-Profit Organization United Nations Association, Haiti Non-Profit Organization Ministere de l Interieur Government Organization Doctors Without Borders /Medicins San Frontiéres San Frontiéres Sean Penn Actor/Director ShakiraMusician/Band Marriot International Travel/Leisure Haiti World Cup 2014 Professional Sports Team Caribbean Airlines National Geographic Magazine / Society CHOOSE HAITI Retail and Consumer Merchandise ConstructionProduct/Service United Nations Foundation Non-Governmental Organization History Channel TV Network TV Network World Architects Society/Culture

40 Create thousands of jobs! Develop a tourist attraction! The Great Pyramid of Egypt was built to honor one man … The Haitian Memorial Pyramid will honor 300,000

41 Conceived in Jacksonville, Florida by Russell Pelle several months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. 1 st to hear & support the idea: Roland Wasembeck 1 st draft executive summary & sketch of pyramid March 2010. Presented to & supported by Florida State Senator Anthony Hill at a Haitian- American beach party. Executive Board established and project incorporated November 10, 2010. 1 st endorsement: Senator Hill Nov. 24, 2010. Discussed with and supported by Jacksonville mayoral candidate Alvin Brown… 1 st Mission to Haiti: March 26 – April 3 rd, 2011 Endorsed by Jacksonville Fl, Mayor Alvin Brown, U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson 2 st Mission to Haiti: August 6 - 21, 2011. Excellent meetings with Government Ministers, Senators, Port-au-Prince Mayor, Presidential Adviser and Prime Minister. Officials indicate project could be authorized following presentation of more detailed plans and demonstration of fund-raising ability. August 20, 2011 press conference with Minister of Haitians Living Abroad to support the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project. November 29, 2011 encounter with President Martelly at Invest in Haiti Forum

42 WWW.HAITIANPYRAMID.ORG A TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR HAITI

43 www.haitianpyramid.org Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc une attraction touristique pour Haïti Russell Pelle, initiateur et directeur exécutif TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE HAÏTIEN PYRAMDE COMMÉMORATIF JARDIN BOTANIQUE ET SANCTUAIRE AQUATIQUE


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