The idea for Zotpanou was created by a group of students studying at Santiagoï¿½s Pontificia Universidad Catï¿½lica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) during the spring of 2007. The main students behind the organization are: Davidson Toussaint, a Haitian student studying business administration at the PUCMM; Aziza Walker, an American student majoring in Cinematography at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL; Arianna Morales, an American majoring in International Studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; and Patrice Mï¿½mï¿½, a Haitian student of information and professor of primary school in Cap Haitian, Haiti. The American students were taking classes in Santiago through the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) liberal arts and language study abroad program and there met up with Davidson, already taking courses at the university. That same semester they traveled together to Cap Haitian and Port au Prince, Haiti and encountered other organizations such as Carmelle Cothiereï¿½s OMAED dedicated to providing education and food to children living in the streets. During this semester and especially after these trips the idea for the organization began to take shape to bring them where they are today.