Supporting from the Bottom Up


Left: Buckets of sand and aggregate stand ready for mixing before the pour. Middle: Students and Volunteers pass buckets of concrete to the pour site. Right: Students and staff stand ready at the site of the wall in the Office of Community Outreach.

 In accordance with THP's Charism, we always seek to support from the bottom up. In a work project, this often means doing what we can to ease the burden on the person with the toughest job. That dubious honor is hard to assign to just one person in a project as complicated and physcially taxing as a beton (concrete) wall pour. The team at the mixer is repeatedly lifting heavy buckets of rocks, water and sand. In the pit, workers unload heavy wheelbarrows of concrete while others stoop to lift out buckets of cement and rocks so they can be passed up the stairs. At the wall itself, buckets are hoisted up to be poured into the form.

Last week, students, staff and Volunteers completed the final wall pour on the second floor of Agora, a major benchmark in the seismic renovationof the classrooms and administrative offices in the largest building on the LCS campus. 
Here are a few words from two Philo (U.S. senior +1) students and veteran beton participants, Kérine and Aminaï: 
"In a beton project, you need people to pull water from the basin, prepare the gravel, sand and cement. From there, it goes to the pit, and from there many people pass it up to the wall. I have done a lot of these over the years, and I can tell you that they have given me a better life at LCS. After the earthquake in 2010, we could not use all of our dormitories and classrooms. I am proud to have replaced what the natural disaster detroyed."
-Kérine St. Louis

"I have also done too many beton projects to count. But since I came to Louverture Cleary, I have done at least four walls. Beton projects are a good way to help us become good workers. When you are doing beton, it is so important that everyone does their job. There are always people to encourage us to keep going and to do the job right."
-Aminaï Barthelus

Left: Deacon Patrick Moynihan passes concrete to the bucket line from the pit at the foot of Agora. Right: Philo students prepare cement to be mixed.

Preparing the Way

 Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP/Head of LCS (pictured right) on the start of the new year

Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP/Head of LCS (pictured right) on the start of the new year: The school preparation over the summer was stellar. Hats off to Esther, Marjorie, Kristin, Kaitlyn, Polidor, Obed, Cyrené and Ketty. It was great to get my hands around a shovel and dig into the year.

Wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms and cribs (sifter) stand ready for incinerator and compost duty. Marielle Lapres, Dean of Academics [left] and Marjorie Mombrun, Principal [right] at work in the Direction (LCS Administrative offices).

Left: Wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms and cribs (sifter) stand ready for incinerator and compost duty. Right: Marielle Lapres, Dean of Academics [left] and Marjorie Mombrun, Principal [right] at work in the Direction (LCS Administrative offices).

Deacon Patrick Moynihan, THP President and Head of LCS, commonly stresses a simple, yet often overlooked truth, that every work project has three parts - the preparation, the execution, and the clean-up. A French proverb, written on the wall of the maintenance depot (pictured above left), reminds us that, "Work without method is a blind horse." For the staff and Volunteers at LCS, the academic year is, in many ways, one large work project, requiring an exeptional amount of preparation.

Esther Paul, THP's Director of Operations - Haiti, is the primary conductor of this process, overseeing the acquisition of books, food, cleaning supplies, and even staff. Marjorie Mombrun, LCS Principal along with Assistant Principal Obed Gilles ('09) and Dean of Students Kristin Soukup (second-year Volunteer) and the other members of the Academic administration arranged class schedules and dormitory assignments. Cyrene Rikenson and Ketty Douce keep the campus in good order.

Marielle Lapres is a 2007 graduate and in her third year as a staff member and French teacher at LCS, she has taken on the role of Dean of Academics. Lapres took a few moments to describe the steps she took to prepare for the year ahead, particularly in the classroom.

For my Sizyem, Senkyem and Katryem classes [U.S. 7th, 8th and 9th grade], I had quite a lot to prepare in learning the Ministry's new curriculum for French. By familiarizing myself with the curriculum and preparing my lessons, I am empowering my students to learn better in class and, quite simply, to succeed.

Of course, there has also been a lot to do in the offices. I am also responsible for distributing textbooks to the students and making sure that all of our teachers are preparing the students for success by making assessments.

And We're Back

LCS Class of 2014

The results are in!

Congratulations to the Louverture Cleary School graduating class of 2014 for their 100% pass rate on the Baccalauréat II, Haiti's national exam for students exiting secondary school. Their success qualifies each one to continue his or her studies at university.

Rising Philo (U.S. 13th grade) students, Usnaëlo Dorcelant and Dolph-Froid Payoute were named national laureates for their exceptional scores on the Baccalauréat I exam. LCS 2014 National LaureatesTheir success, and that of the graduating class, marks another excellent year for LCS. Historically, LCS students pass the BAC at a rate that is four times the national average.

Be on the lookout for an interview with our laureates in the next edition of Haitian Project NewsNot on our mailing list? Click here to sign up!


Welcome, Volunteers!

2014-2015 Volunteer Teachers

LCS's 2014-2015 Volunteer Teachers (from left): Rachel Thelen, Michelle Paquette, Kristin Soukup, Connor Branham, Kaitlyn Guzik, Amanda Haluga

The new team of Volunteers hit the ground running this August, participating in a wall pour on their very first day. Now in their final week of in-country orientation, sifting ash, rubble and compost have become second-nature...almost. These tasks well in-hand, the team prepares to face their next big challenge: the classroom. Classes begin September 8th.

Here are a few words from Amanda Haluga (Providence College, '14) on her first impressions of LCS:
When I first arrived I had no idea what to expect, but when we arrived I was captivated by the campus and even more so by the staff, students and Volunteers that I met. Volunteer orientation has been such a challenge, but a joy because of these people and the beautiful place they have created. Even though this experience is so different from anything I've ever had, I know this is where I am supposed to be and I am looking forward to a wonderful year here at LCS.
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