April 2015

Newsletter issue: 
April 2015
News item date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Moynihan Six Trust for Twenty 

by Mary Jo LeGrand 

    2015 marks 20 years of the Moynihan family on mission. As sure as the faces (and heights) of the Moynihan children have changed in this time, so has the THP community. The Haitian Project President Deacon Patrick Moynihan comments, "It seems appropriate, at least in part, to notice the passing of the years in our kids. It has been a family effort and family journey from the day Christina nudged us on to the path."

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Highlights

THP on Tap: This March, Board Member and former Volunteer Betsy Bowman brought THP to Harvard’s Catholic Community Theology on Tap series. Since Volunteering in 2009-10, Bowman has drawn support for THP from the community and St. Paul parish in Cambridge, MA. On this evening, she introduced Deacon Patrick Moynihan who spoke on “Solidarity and Subsidiarity.” Deacon Moynihan also stressed the importance of education in moving persons and societies forward, quoting President John F. Kennedy’s statement, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.”

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THP Milestones with the Moynihan Family 

1996: In February, Christina and Patrick move with Robert (3) and Mikhaila (1.5) to Haiti

1999: THP purchases land adjacent to LCS with plans of expanding campus. 

2000: The Founders Challenge capital campaign is launched to support new construction, and establish the General Endowment and Graduate Support Endowment.

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LCS Alumnus: Daniel Tillias

by HPN STaff

    Daniel Tillias (’96) is quick to point out that, “Everything I have in my life, I have because of LCS.” Tillias especially credits The Haitian Project’s Louverture Cleary School (LCS) with teaching him the real meaning of leadership and the importance of sharing what we have received. After graduation, Tillias secured a university scholarship to study human rights law. Several years of working with people behind bars, some from his own neighborhood, compelled the question, “How did they get here?” 

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Fighting Ebola on the Frontlines 

by Emily Marquet (Volunteer '09-'11)

    Tall with thoughtful blue eyes, Jon Kennedy’s demeanor is calm, cool and collected. Deacon Patrick Moynihan recalls noting in his first conversation with Kennedy that “Jon seems older than his age … I knew I could rely on him and did so a lot.”           

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 Local Support

by Kaitlyn Guzik (Director of Community Development) 

    It is a well-known principle in Haiti that a chodye (large cooking pot) has greatest stability when it rests on twa roche (three rocks). Accordingly, The Haitian Project’s (THP) Louverture Cleary School (LCS) sits solidly on three supports: students, staff and the community. Lucien “Lucky” Rousseau, owner of TOPCO-Haiti, has proven himself a true friend of the Project, supporting LCS with in-kind support from his food distribution business, hiring LCS graduates, and, most recently, supporting the filming of a new promotional video to help THP spread the good word.

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Haitian Bishop Affirms THP's Mission of Education in Haiti

    Speaking to the Catholic News Service on March 17, 2015, Monseigneur Launay Saturne, Bishop of Jacmel commented, "...we want people to come and get involved because the children cannot learn. The teachers are not being paid. The schools are in bad shape," he said.

"We need the type of help that builds our capacity,” he continued. "Without education we will remain in the current situation until the end of time."


Viewpoints

Volunteer View: Connor Branham: 

Hello, my name is Connor Branham and I am in my first Volunteer year. My most notable accomplishments in the community are my ability to cook Sos Pwa on Sundays, the way Haitians do it, and my fearless ability to fry the chicken without ducking away from the flaming hot projectiles of oil flying in every direction. 

Student View: Edwine Estinfil

My name is Edwine Estinfil. I am 17 years old, and I am in the Second (U.S. 11th grade) class at Louverture Cleary School (LCS).  I live with my family of three — my mother, my brother, and me — in Mirebalais, in the countryside.

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Learning to Create Change

by Kristin Soukup (LCS Dean of Students)

    The Philo (terminal) year at Louverture Cleary School is distinct from the previous six years: Religion class is dedicated to the book His Way; the students study economics in their English class; and they take philosophy instead of literature. Additionally, all Philo students serve as “Guides” – responsible for leading the other students in all aspects of community life at LCS. 

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