Samuel Dameus, a social entrepreneur from Haiti, says the world’s perception of Haiti is malformed, by what we read about Haiti in the media. The Caribbean country rivals its peers for sheer beauty as a destination.
While not without its problems, Haiti’s reputation has become a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Samuel is working to change the narrative, to help the world reimagine Haiti less as a destination for aid and more as a tourist destination.
Be sure to watch the full interview with Samuel at the top of the article.
Interview with Samuel Dameus , the Founder of Faces of Haiti.
The following is the pre-interview with Samuel Dameus . Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
Revenue model: Event fee, Books & Canvas sales
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
Changing the narrative of Haiti through images while reducing its lack of visibility to the world. The exhibition and book reveal the beauty of Haiti which directly impact the tourism industry. It provides direct access to an audience of prospective tourists to discover Haiti who otherwise would never get to see the country’s true beauty which exists in the rich culture, landscape and its people. Faces of Haiti has also created a platform and a movement to engage every Haitian and friend of Haiti as an ambassador to promote Haiti.
More about Faces of Haiti :
Faces of Haiti is an international photo exhibition
Samuel Dameus ’s bio:
Born with a natural sense of leadership, Samuel Dameus has demonstrated his energy talents as an effective leader throughout his career. A native of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Samuel Dameus is a young dynamic professional in social communication, digital marketing and photography. Dameus is passionately dedicated to offer his best to his country.
Dameus has worked as Director of Communications at the Ministry of Tourism and Sunrise Airways as “Marketing Director”, and in several other private institutions as a consultant in Communication.
Over the years, he continuously uses technology to effectively communicate his vision and ideas. His interest in using technology effectively to communicate has initiated his involvement in developing his knowledge of the latest and most practical forms of communication in the ever-changing world of technology. As stated, images are unquestionably one of the best communication tools, which is why Dameus naturally started his social photography shortly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
He is the founder of “Faces of Haiti”, an international photo exhibition project and an eponymous published book. Both reflect the current situation throughout Haiti with a particular emphasis on different aspects of the country, the beauty of Haiti still unknown and unfamiliar throughout the world. This social vocation has allowed it to fully expose in many major cities around the world, the thousand and one facets of Haiti, including its multidimensional splendor. Miami, Orlando, Havana, Beijing, Cairo, Geneva, New York, Montenegro, Paris, Boston, Washington D.C., Bueno Aires, Montreal and very soon London and Port-au-Prince are the some cities featuring the photography exhibition.
Dameus is also a sought after speaker and influencer who has received several awards for his commitment over the last year aimed at Haiti’s progress through tourism and culture.