Alumni Story: Kismith Bissainthe
Since Kismith Bissainthe graduated from Louverture Cleary School in 2005, she has consistently held employment in a country where even for the educated it can be difficult to find and maintain a job. After graduation, Bissainthe found work with the help of LCS working at Institut National pour le Development et la Promotion de Couture (INDEPCO).
Bissainthe worked with INDEPCO for seven years, the first four of which she was also studying administration at Institut des Hautes Etudes Commercial et Economique (IHECE). Though working and studying at the same time was challenging, “LCS helped me manage the schedule,” Bissainthe recalls. “Because of work hour I developed the capacity to do many things at the same time.” At INDEPCO she moved from accounting to administration and then finally to the logistics department as part of procurement, which has become her career.
From 2011 until 2014, Bissainthe worked in procurement with the Canadian Red Cross, and in June 2015 moved on to procurement on an even larger scale with MINUSTAH, a United Nations mission working to stabilize Haiti. “You have to be efficient,” reflected Bissainthe, “you have to be organized. You have to think clearly. There is a lot going on.” She credits LCS with giving her the ability to think, be flexible and to respond to what is needed of her.
It was no surprise, then, that when an LCS teacher was out on maternity leave, she stepped in to fill the role. “Everything I had at LCS is important for me and helped me become what I am today. It was a dream to return to teach here, to advise the students. Not just in religion and classic literature but the lessons for life.”