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A Fruitful Encounter

  

Left: Salesforce.com volunteers, Kim, Heidi, Leah and Stephane during their visit to LCS in November. Right: Assoc Director of Development, Mikhaila Moynihan at work with Salesforce in Providence.

THP continues to make new friends from Salesforce.com. A volunteer group from the San Francisco-based company visited LCS earlier this month during a trip to assist organizations in Haiti which have benefited from in-kind support from Salesforce.

Their CRM platform had been on THP's radar for some time, but Salesforce came particularly to our attention after a serendipitous hallway meeting in January 2013 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Marc Benioff, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Salesforce, and Brian Moynihan, Deacon Patrick Moynihan’s brother and Trustee of the Project, met and discovered that Haiti was of interest to them both: Marc and Saleforce had been supporting Haiti following 2010 earthquake; Brian had been involved in the Project for over 20 years and was one of THP's early board members.

The connection led to a first visit from a group of Salesforce volunteers in April 2013. In addition to touring the campus, the team met with Deacon Moynihan and THP alumnus, Dr. Theony DeshommesTheir trip precipitated additional interest and financial support for the Project, and the more recent visit in November 2014.
 
In recent months, THP has taken advantage of Salesforce's very generous non-profit pack and pro-bono support, transitioning to the Salesforce platform with great success.
 
THP is very thankful for the support of Marc and the Salesforce Foundation for providing us with the inputs we need.  And we in turn provide the same to Haiti: civic-minded, service-oriented graduates committed to building a brighter future for Haiti from within.  We are happy to have yet another partner in producing Haiti’s future leaders.


Home Support

  

Left: THP Board Member Steve Holmes, Megan Callahan and family, and Fr. Mike Biewend celebrate the dedication of a display commemorating the Madeleine Parish's 15 years of supporting The Haitian Project and its LCS. Right: St. Bernard's Parishioners and Providence-area volunteers help to stuff THP's quarterly newsletter. Pat Newell and Gerry Grabowski have helped to mail many editions of Haitian Project News over the years.


Preaching at St. Bernard Catholic Church in North Kingstown, RI this weekend, Deacon Moynihan noted, "As a missionary, I assure you that it is the strength of home community that really counts. You cannot go far or do much for others without the support of those at home behind you."
THP is blessed to have the support of many individuals, parishes and schools across the U.S. The community at St. Bernard's has supported THP for 15 years through second collections, events and visits from parishioners.

The Madeleine Parish is another 15-year supporter of the Project. This weekend, the Portland, OR community dedicated and blessed a display in the parish hall, commemorating the parish's support of the The Haitian Project and its Louverture Cleary School with a photograph and Haitian artwork.
THP Board Member and long-time Madeleine Parishioner, Steve Holmes noted, "The display will be both a reminder and celebration of the history of the parish's support of The Haitian Project and a call to continue The Madeleine's tradition of giving back to the community through its numerous outreach activities."

For more information on how to involve your parish with The Haitian Project, contact Kaitlyn Guzik at development@haitianproject.org or call 401-351-3624.



THP on the Air

THP President, Deacon Patrick Moynihan served as a special guest on last week's edition of "Word to Life" on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel. Word to Life is hosted by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. Listen to an online recording of the broadcast.

A Taste of Economics

  

Left: Douglas Wiener [right], a member of Selecto's fourth generation of coffee makers, led the tour for students in LCS's Philo economics course. Right: Students pepper Selecto representative, Doug Wiener, with questions about supply and demand for coffee and cacao in Haiti and abroad.

A group of Philo student's in LCS's capstone English course: Introduction to Economics paid a visit to Café Selecto, a local supporter of THP and producer of Haitian coffee and chocolate. 
The students thoroughly impressed their guide, Doug Wiener, a member of the family-owned company's fourth generation of coffee producers. Edouard Massena's first question: "What is Selecto doing to help Haiti?" Massena later commented:
I think that Selecto is a company that promotes the production of Haitian farmers in the countryside. They help those people's lives to improve by buying their product and giving them jobs. I see that they want Haiti to improve and produce more coffee and cacao.

All the topics that we have been learning with Mr. Branham - today we faced all of them. We talked about supply and demand, trade-offs and exchanges. It was amazing to see the head of Selecto talking about all of the same things. It is great to know that what we learn at LCS are things that we will face in business in the future. 

Volunteer Connor Branahm (Villanova '14) majored in economics before stepping in to the classroom as a teacher this fall. He accompanied the students on the trip:

The field trip to Café Selecto was a huge success because it allowed the students to see the real world application of economics along with experiencing how a successful Haitian business can be run. The students asked challenging questions that created interesting dialogue about production of goods and services along with discussion of strategies that could improve market outcomes. The students used their knowledge of supply and demand, inflation, elasticity of markets, and the principles of economics to figure out what made Café Selecto a successful company. We were also able to see the production process in action and the efficiency that can take place

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