March 2012

Servant to All

by Mary Agnoli (Jan. ’12 LorasMissionTripper)

LCS students crush concrete from the demolition of the walls of the J.J. Dessalines building to be recycled for use in other projects.

The third principle in The Haitian Project’s charism statement is: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark9:35)      

Guided by this Gospel passage, repairs and rebuilds to homes in the Louverture Cleary School neighborhood took precedence over repairs to school buildings. Now, thanks to the donations and support of The Haitian Project community, the time has come for LCS to heal itself.

 

Highlights March 2012

Making the Milestone! This spring, the OEA (Office of External Affairs) ushered in a new group of recent graduates for the university scholarship program – bringing the total OEA managed scholarships to 56. The goal is to provide scholarships to 50% of every LCS graduating class. This makes the long-term target 125 to 150 scholarships. Since making this commitment, 49% (LCS 2010) and 47% (LCS 2011) have earned OEA managed university scholarships. In total, there are 344 graduates of LCS (1995-2011), with the upcoming class of 2012 marking the first time in the history of THP/LCS that alumni will outnumber the students currently enrolled.

 

Encouraging Others

by Rebecca Finney (THP Volunteer)

Suzie Amilcar, a LCS sekonde (11th grade) student, teachers and encourages Moniue Baptiste, an Ekol Ankourajman student.

I am currently a second-year Volunteer with The Haitian Project. A large part of my day is focused on Ekòl Ankourajman, our after-school literacy program for children and adults from the greater Santo area. I work alongside Junior Staff member Patrick Damus (LCS ’06) to direct the program. Together, we oversee the functioning of each class, the students who come for lessons and the LCS students who compose our cadre of teachers, or “Encouragers,” as we like to call them.

 

Faith in Action

by Sue Prince (former THP Board Member)

Alan and Jen Bosworth celebrate Sa Bel II at his restaurant, Cafe Ole, which he offers as a venue for the event.

Alan and Jennifer Bosworth live a hectic life raising four children whose stages in life range from preschool to college. Alan is a trader at Vining Sparks in Memphis,TN.  His job requires him to be fully focused on the financial markets during the day. After hours, Alan devotes himself to his wife, family, and church. When not at work, he is likely to be found chasing his two-year-old, Stella, around the kitchen, attending his daughter Grace’s pom-pom competition at Disney World, hiking the Boy Scout trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with his son, Jake, or visiting his daughter, Molly, during parent’s weekend at UT, Chattanooga. His wife Jenn says that his devotion to his children is what attracted her to him.

 

Here Comes the Sun

By HPN Staff

By 7 a.m., sunlight streams through the mango trees on campus. Whatever small puddles are left on the driveway from the early morning sprinkle will be fully evaporated within the hour. At that same time, a group of men, Haitian and American, jump into the Ti Bus (a white van deemed “little bus” because of its size) and head to work.

Their work? Creating a solar company.

 

No Complaints

by jon Kennedy (OEA Director)

Bissainthe Kismith, '05 LCS graduate, returns to the school for a visit with a sense of strength she says she learned at LCS.

This was the unbending rule that Bissainthe Kismith (LCS ‘05) fondly remembers encountering in 1998 during her first year at LCS as a sizyem (7th grade) student. Her group had been tasked with picking up trash around campus, and she did not have any gloves. When she protested picking up trash bare-handed, the group leader responded with the simple mantra: “No complaints.” The work needed to be done and neither words nor complaints were going to put the fatra (trash) in the incinerator.

 

Volunteer View: Amanda Gaal

by Amanda Gaal

THP Volunteer Amanda Gaal and sizyem (7th grade) student Edouard Kanndel tend to Louverture Cleary's rooftop garden.

Bonjou tout moun! My name is Amanda Gaal, and I am a Volunteer at LCS for the 2011-2012 school year. I come to Haiti from New Jersey and graduated last year from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in Biology. At Louverture Cleary I teach a variety of classes – biology to twazyem (10th grade), English to senkyem (8th grade), physical education to sekonde (11th grade), and computers to sekonde and twazyem.

 

Student View: Edouard kanndel

by Edouard Kanndèl

My name is Edouard Patrice Kanndèl. I am from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I entered LCS in 2007 as a sizyem (7th grade) student. Now I am in twazyem (10th grade) class, and I am 15 years old.

For fun, I like to play soccer and read. I also like to draw and I am good at it. My favorite subjects in school are biology, chemistry, and social science.

 

Mission Committed

by Colby Bowker (THP Director of Communications)

Bishop Ireton mission trip co-leader Mimi Marquet catches the empty bucket to be filled with cement.

Mission Trips (MTs) have long been an important fixture of The Haitian Project’s work.  MTs promote a cross-pollination of culture, education, character and respect that is important in building our community.  They also expose our students to native English speakers—and sometimes Spanish and Italian as well.