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Supporting the Future Leaders of Haiti

As November begins, so does the academic year at many Haitian universities. This year, THP's Office of External Affairs (OEA) met its strategic goal of providing scholarships to 50% of the 2014 graduating class, offering scholarships to 26 LCS alumni for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
In total, the OEA will provide scholarships for more than 85 graduates this year, in addition to job placement and professional development. On the significance of the OEA, Deacon Moynihan notes:

If our mission to build a brighter future for Haiti is to be successful, there is a pressing need to support Louverturians after they graduate and especially in their university studies.  For our graduates to fully manifest their own potential as leaders in Haiti, they need the right tools for the job.

Jerry Norestan (LCS '14, pictured left) is preparing for his first year as an   accounting major at Institut Universitaire Quisqueya-Amérique: 

When you look at what Haiti needs, what any business, school, or NGO needs, it is accountants. I know that when I graduate I will be able to get a job and help support my family. Louverture Cleary taught me to work independently and to take an interest in mathematics, and I am confident that my university studies will be a continuation of what I learned at LCS. 

Left: Jean Roger Polidor (LCS '06), Director of the OEA. Polidor and his office also provides job placement assistance. Middle: Marie Dorval (LCS '10) studies Agronomy at Haiti's Universite Quisqueya thanks to a scholarship from THP's OEA. Right: Mackenzie Andrè has held a job from the day he received his diploma from Louverture Cleary School (LCS) in 1999.

The Play's the Thing


The Louverture Cleary Drama Club, under direction from Second-Year Volunteer, Kristin Soukup, presented an original Kreyòl rendition of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost for the community on Friday.


From right: The Princess, her attendants and Boyet as performed by Nadine Certitude, Loudjina Pierre, Christie St. Croix, Stephanie Garconvil, and Jacob Kelly. Left: Patrice Edouard and Samuel Cange, student directors, opened the show with a prologue. Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07, pictured left) made a cameo appearance to deliver a moral on the importance of education.

Last week closed with shouts of uproarious laughter, suspense and a moral on the enduring value of education in Louverture Cleary's second performance of Love's Labour's Lost.

Former Volunteer Emily Marquet ('11-'13) debuted the play in the early years of the LCS drama program. This fall, the students felt it was time to undertake the Bard's classic once again. Led by second-year Volunteer Kristin Soukup, the students were largely responsible for the stage management and direction. It was very well-received.

THP in the Press

Deacon Patrick Moynihan recently submitted a letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. His letter, "Frugal Fundraising is Still a Good Idea" appeared in print this month.
Follow this link to view the letter on the Chronicle's website.

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Community Update: Beton and Basketball


Bottom Left: Volunteer Varsity Basketball Coach, Amanda Haluga, demonstrates proper technique during practice on the back basketball court. Bottom Right: Maintenance Manager, Ketty Douce [right] pours concrete [beton] from the mixer. 

Students, staff and Volunteers rallied around the concrete [beton] mixer once again this week to help our local boss mason, Pasteur Meus, and the LCS maintenance team to resurface the front basketball court. The court, fondly known as "The Moon" in recent years due to its many craters, was due for the facelift-- and just in time for basketball season. 

Nick Junior Joseph (Philo/U.S. 13th grade student) reported on the team's prospects under Volunteer Coach Haluga in the fall edition of the Louverture Cleary student newspaper:
The good news for this year's team is that they held onto their base. We are of course speaking of [students] Wallin, Maed, Sebastien, Kolson and Ernst. Volunteer Coach Haluga, former captain of her own high school team, is ready to lead the team to victory and was pleased to see many students try out. Her objectives for this year are clear: to prepare the team for a win against [LCS rival] St. Louis Gonzague. The team is ready to give their all.

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