December 2011

Capstone of Our Mission

by HPN Staff

OEA Director Jon Kennedy assisting '10 LCS graduate Peter-Gens Desameau with his scholarship for his studies at Université d'Etat d'Haiti

Since Louverture Cleary School’s first graduating class in 1995, THP/LCS has used its connections and resourcefulness to provide assistance to LCS graduates. However, there initially was no formal structure by which THP/LCS could continue supporting LCS alumni. Thus, the Office of External Affairs (OEA) was created in order to provide structured support and assistance to graduates. Given the harsh realities of life in Haiti, this structure is essential for helping LCS alumni to succeed in their mission. Over time, the OEA operations have expanded alongside our growing number of alumni, which have increased from 12 in 1995 to over 346 today. June 2012 will mark a fundamental shift as the total alumni population will surpass the number of students at LCS – a hopeful trend for the future of Haiti.

 

Highlights December 2011

Go ND! On September 28th & 29th, a team of THP staff, Board members and ND grad Volunteer Alumni traveled to Notre Dame in an effort to raise THP’s visibility and increase the number of Volunteer applicants and the academic disciplines they represent. In addition to recruiting Volunteers at ND’s annual Post-Grad Service Fair, the group met with a variety of community members, from professors in engineering & business, to leaders of the Center for Social Concerns and France Study Abroad Program, culminating in an engaging discussion with President Jenkins who expressed great personal interest in the Project. THP is excited about the growing relationship with ND.

 

A Medical Exchange: Haiti

by Nick Carter (THP Volunteer)

Volunteer Nick Carter works under the guidance of the staff at St. Luc Hospital, including Dr. Toussaint, shown here reviewing an x-ray with Carter.

My best moments as a medical student living at Louverture Cleary School are the impromptu consultations.

A featherweight sizyem (7th grade) student saunters up as the bedtime bell rings, declares “mwen ap soufri malarya”, and holds out his arm to reveal a mosquito bite, as if to seal the diagnosis. After a brief interview and exam, his health seems fine, and we discuss methods for preventing infections related to mosquito bites.  After a cook asks me to check her blood pressure, I fetch my stethoscope and cuff and return to the kitchen.  The cook has assembled seven of her friends, who are all rolling up their sleeves – it’s a hypertension clinic!   A student complains of fever and headache, although his forehead feels normal.  When I tell him to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep, he shakes my hand earnestly and pledges to be a model of compliance: “I will do that, Mister.” 

 

No Need for a Jobs Bill, We Create our Own

By Jon Kennedy (Director of the OEA)

LCS '96 graduate Salomon Asmath (left) returned from his position at the United Nations to lead a team of trained tailors and designers to branch off a new business based from LCS' Rag-A-Muffin program.

The graduates of LCS are an eclectic group, with skills and professions that spread across Haiti. Among the 346 alumni, Salomon Asmath (LCS ‘96) is one of the most experienced. He has worked for many private companies and through them, Salomon received substantial training in industrial production.  As noted in our June 2009 newsletter, his experiences include an employer-funded training program in El Salvador as a production engineer. Despite his success and positive experiences in the private sector, Salomon began working for the United Nations Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, in 2008. The MINUSTAH position did not require any of the production engineering skills that Salomon had obtained in his trainings, but the job did provide stability and a steady income. 

 

Found in Translation

by Elizabeth Mason (’03-’05 Vol and THP Board Member) 

When the big green gates swung open and the vehicle in which I was riding blasted onto a paved driveway surrounded by buildings, beautiful vegetation, and smiling faces, I realized that I was beginning a very unique journey as a Volunteer at LCS.  After the initial shock wore off of being in another country, so far from familiar places and people, I found myself embracing life as a Volunteer.

 

Human Capital Up (364 Students)

By Tim Scordato

It might seem somewhat strange that “charity” is not a word one hears around The Haitian Project.  It is not that we don’t recognize the need for help, but instead that we think of that help as an investment, not just in the individual, but in the society as a whole.  That word, investment, has become a driving force for growth and entrepreneurship in the lives of THP supporters Ross and Claire Arnold of Atlanta, GA. 

 

A Night at the Art Club

Bishop of Providence, Thomas J. Tobin, admiring hsi gift, donated by local artist Harley Bartlett, as part of this year's annual Providence fundraiser.

On September 16th, at the historic Providence Art Club ,The Haitian Project held its 10th Annual Charity Event. Bringing together longtime supporters and new friends, the event recognized 25 years of support by the people and parishes of the Diocese of Providence, and honored His Excellency Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, for his recognition of the Project as an Association of Lay Faithful in June 2010.

 

Student View: Marianna Moynihan

By Rachel Carter

LCS student Marianna Moynihan with THP Volunteer Andrew Roznowski

Marianna first came to LCS in August of 2000, as a two-month-old child.  Now in her second year at LCS, 11-year-old Marianna Moynihan, youngest daughter of Deacon Patrick and Christina Moynihan, has a full schedule with the energy to match.  Her activities include Theatre Club, Lekol Encouragement (after-school tutoring for neighbors), and LCS’ early education initiative.  "We are very proud of Marianna,” says Deacon Patrick.  “She only complains about one thing--she wants to live in the dorm. I appreciate her sense of solidarity, but that would take the space of another student. She knows that’s the limit to her involvement." 

 

Volunteer View: Andrew Roznowski

By Rachel Carter  

LCS student Marianna Moynihan with THP Volunteer Andrew Roznowski

Andrew Roznowski hails from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and joins his sister, Abi, to make our first sibling pair of Volunteers.  Prior to arriving at LCS, Andrew served with Americorps in a Milwaukee public school and completed training as an emergency medical technician.  Andrew has stepped in to sustain the mission's vigorous physical education program and is co-coaching the men's basketball team and the Junior Varsity Boys soccer team. He is also teaching sizyem (7th grade) English and leading neighborhood sanitation projects.  

 

A Bright Burning Candle for Haiti

By Dorothy Shofner (’10 – ’11 Vol)

Sister Gisele Menos during her trip to Louverture Cleary School in 2003

The Lord has continued to bless The Haitian Project with the people we need.  Sister Gisèle Menos is another wonderful example of the Lord providing.  She actively supported and spread the mission of The Haitian Project for the past seven years.