“Bisou Bisou” is the French phrase for a common francophone greeting, consisting of an exchange of a friendly kiss, or “Bisou”, upon each cheek. This greeting is a symbol of respect, reflective of the respect our members must have for one another in order to actively serve as catalysts of change within their communities.
Our logo features two hands shaking, in the form of a heart, topped by a graduation hat. It is intended to emphasize our commitment to development through educational endeavors, partnerships and community service. Our center in Kafou Fey hosts events and opportunities in a safe environment, encouraging students to develop a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem, build skills for success, and be empowered to pursue their goals.
Bisou Bisou began in the summer of 2012 as an initiative to create a safe space for the students in Kafou Fey to study for the Haitian BACC exam. Since then, our programs have increased to better serve the needs of our members. University students formed a council to oversee the programming and supervise the study sessions. Our secondary school students organize events and homework help sessions for the neighborhoods’ youth. Today, the Kafou Fey campus is supported by a committee of local professionals who manage the site and oversee the student council. In the summer of 2013, we began our cultural exchange program, inviting international students and professionals to host seminars while learning Kreyol and experiencing Haitian culture in exchange. Over 30 volunteers have participated in this program to date. In November of 2017, Bisou Bisou became a Bisou Bisou Haiti is a 501(c)3 organization.