Michael A. Daube|
(18 December 1964 - living) U.S.A.
Michael A. Daube's natural humility is traced to learning the ropes in upstate New York while waiting tables, assisting artists, and traveling the world. His blue collar childhood and unusual creativity came from a loving mother and a wildly inventive father.This upbringing lead Michael to a bachelor of fine arts at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and a series of unexpected circumstances lead him to start Citta International.
Being an artist, with a strong interest in anthropology and archeology I traveled to many remote areas of the world studying and experiencing different cultures. After a trip to India for a year, I returned to open an art studio in Jersey City. In 1994, Daube was a 30 year-old starving artist living in New Jersey. While curiously rummaging through a dumpster for sculpture materials he discovered an abandoned David Hockney painting, portrait of Ozzie Clark.
He decided to sell it and take the proceeds and build a hospital in the region from which he just returned. The area was in desperate need of basic health care. It's just grown from there! Trading the painting for $18,000 evolved into an unforeseen future of investing in the market of moral good. This has transpired into Michael's current role of directing three countries and seven projects under the Citta International brand from his 1,300 square foot home in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In an interview, he said:
"I may have been very influenced by my relationship to my brother, Mark. He was born four years after me. We discovered he had Cerebral Palsy after recognizing some unusual behaviors he had as an infant. I often felt responsible for carrying him around until he was able to walk.
"I grew up in a lower income family and the area where we lived had no access to proper care for Mark. My mother, at this point divorced and singularly responsible for all four children, was determined to find Mark proper care, as well as keep him at home with family. She took our old, late 60s station wagon and applied for a chauffeur license, which would allow her to work as an ad hoc bus driver, collecting all the children with disabilities in the area and driving them an hour away to the city of Buffalo New York to School 84, which was for the physically and mentally challenged.
"I would often accompany her and help load the children (many of them without the capability to move themselves) into the station wagon and out again at the school. My moments at School 84 were extremely impressionable. I saw children with so many varied forms and ways of coping with their disadvantages. Actions I accomplished without thinking were monumental challenges for some of these children and to be conquered several times a day everyday."
CITTA is a New York State registered 501 non-profit organization. They focus on methods that help build and support development in some of the most economically challenged, geographically remote or marginalized communities in the world.
CITTA has developed a holistic and adaptable method referred to as the HEED model (Health, Education, and Economic Development). CIITA connects with these communities, taking into account the lack of access to proper healthcare and educational opportunities as well as weak or nonexistent economic development that can lead a community into a never-ending downward spiral. CITTA works to remedy the specific needs of a community, to produce an environment of equanimity and stability and one that provides opportunities and a sense of initiative and pride in its inhabitants.