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June 2015 Viewpoints
News item date:
Friday, June 19, 2015
Volunteer Michelle Paquette and Rose Marlie Merisier (‘15) are hard at work at the incinerator. Both cite education as crucial to both personal and national development.
Volunteer View: Michelle Paquette
It’s 5:30 AM on Monday morning and I am trying to light the incinerator in the dark. If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing at 5:30 in the morning in Haiti, I would have probably said, “Sleeping, hopefully.” But winning the position as “Chief of the Incinerator” and recycling has changed all of that.
I spend a good amount of time working with the incinerator and recycling center, but I also coach girls’ soccer and oversee the intramural Frisbee club. When I am not in those jobs, I am teaching 9th, 10th, or 11th grade English or 8th grade computer class. The rest of the time, I am running Language Store or working with the Timoun Program.
Even as a child, I knew that I wanted to serve in other countries when I grew up. Once I got to college, I realized that one of the best ways that I could help people was through teaching. Now, I can add “environmental management.”
This year has confirmed what I always knew deep down: education is vital to a country. Everyone should have an opportunity to receive a good education. Teaching in Haiti has greatly challenged my creativity and patience, since I was so used to having technology and any materials I needed available when teaching.
Something that has inspired me this year is the students’ passion for improving their country and desire to help others receive an education. I have witnessed this through their participation in LCS’s various community service programs, especially the Timoun Program.
I cannot wait to see where each of my students end up in the future and I am confident that through the well-rounded education they receive at LCS they will help fix the many problems that Haiti faces.
Student View: Rose Marlie Merisier
I am Rose Marlie Merisier and I am 17 years old. I am in the Philo class, the final year at LCS. I am from Port-au-Prince. I live with my mother and my two sisters.
When I entered LCS as a Sizyem student, I found a second family. I had new friends, new brothers and sisters. I had new parents in the members of the staff who helped me in my studies.
At LCS, I learn about leadership. I enjoy working and learning in class, praying and participating in clean-up. I always enjoy the days that I spend at LCS because I can share all the talents and gifts that God gave to me, as well as be a good example to the youngest students and help them to have a good discipline and succeed.
LCS is a community that has a shared past, a good present and a brilliant and wonderful future. It is a Christian community that helps people like me in need of education who have the will and determination to change Haiti.
An LCS education is so valuable because it allows us to live in community, share what we have, keep everything clean and in order, do our work and speak four languages. I enjoy this place because I can be devoted to rebuilding Haiti by working and living in a way that God can be present. As a Louverturian, I will work to “thrive, not just survive!”
Next year, I will be going to University, where I will start studying to become a pediatrician. I have the desire to help children, and as the oldest I also want to help support my family.