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WE ARE A NON-PROFIT, NON-PARTISAN NETWORK

of more than 4000 students and young professionals across the U.S. & abroad focused on empowering Cuban youth. We work to inspire young people across the globe to think about Cuba and proactively support our young counterparts on the island through innovative means …


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"Roots of Hope has gone beyond the talking phase to taking action. It needs to be supported and applauded every chance we get." — GLORIA ESTEFAN / Grammy Award-winning singer
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WHY CUBA?

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Right now, 11 million people in Cuba are systematically denied the ability to exercise their most fundamental rights and actualize their full potential. Living under the Western Hemisphere’s last dictatorship, Cuba’s people are denied their most basic rights of free speech, free association and information freedom.

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"Working with Roots of Hope has been inspiring. The group's support was a clear sign of new trends and thought with regards to Cuba." — JUANES / Singer-songwriter
Tech / Entrepreneurship / Leadership Summit / Translating Cuba / Run 4 Roots / Join The Movement

CONNECT

CUBAN YOUTH
WITH TECHNOLOGY

In Cuba, the everyday gadgets we often take for granted are more than cool accessories; they represent a means for personal empowerment. In a country where less than 5% of the population has Internet access, youth in Cuba use cellphones to connect with each other and the outside world, and exchange flash drives share music, information, books, and other media like never before.

Unfortunately, technology and access to the Internet are prohibitively expensive for most Cubans. That’s why we launched Tech4Cuba - to provide youth in Cuba the hardware they need to boost their connectivity. Through our Tech4Cuba collection drives, we gather new, used, and broken phones, flash drives, laptops, and tablets. Hardware that is in good working order is wiped clean and sent directly to youth on the island, while those pieces that can’t be repaired are sold to a recycler so new hardware can be purchased with those funds.

Want to donate an item or host a tech drive for youth in Cuba? Learn more here.

EMPOWER

A CUBAN
ENTREPRENEUR

In recent years, Cubans of all ages have launched hundreds of small businesses, fueled by the opportunity they represent to better their lives. These officially sanctioned businesses, although limited in range, have allowed Cubans to achieve greater personal and economic autonomy.

Starting your own business is a risky endeavor anywhere, but it is particularly challenging in Cuba, where some of the fundamental elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem - such as wholesale markets and access to startup capital - are developing very slowly. To support youth who aspire to become business owners and the authors of their own futures, we are gearing up to launch an innovative program to promote entrepreneurship in Cuba.

Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about this upcoming project!

PLAN/ATTEND

A LEADERSHIP
SUMMIT

Since 2003, Roots of Hope has sponsored leadership summits at various academic forums, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, The University of Miami, and Boston College.

Our summits encourage students and young professionals to explore Cuba’s complex reality by interacting with distinguished scholars, activists, and leaders. By educating ourselves, embracing debate and reaching out to our counterparts on the island, we aim to define the role of youth in promoting a better future for Cuba. These conferences have fostered the development of national student and young professional networks to promote further activities on a local and regional level.

To learn more about upcoming summits in your area, sign up to receive our newsletter.

TRANSLATE

A CUBAN
BLOG

Over the last several years, a growing number of Cubans have taken to personal blogs to express themselves to a global audience. Translating Cuba is a compilation of translations from many of the independent blogs from the island. The hope behind this platform is to showcase the plurality of voices in Cuba.

To help translate the blog posts from Cuba’s leading independent voices, visit TranslatingCuba.com

RUN4ROOTS

JOIN
THE TEAM

Run4Roots is designed to bring a sense of purpose to the training our members often undergo for their athletic events by providing a fundraising platform and training materials. Every step you take will help support our on-island initiatives and every mile you run will help inspire Cuban youth.

Our members are always training for 5K, 10K, half marathons, and full marathons. If you are interested in joining or supporting our runners,

visit RunforRoots.org for more information or email natalia@rootsofhope.org


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CONTACT US

Our main office is located at

420 Lincoln Road, Suite 348 ● Miami Beach, FL 33139

or give us a call
305.735.1868