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Throughout history, education has proven itself to be the most reliable tool for promoting the advancement of individuals and societies. The wisdom of THP's mission of education is reflected not just in history, but in the facts as well. Consider the following:

  • While 80% of foreign funds are spent on projects other than education, Haitians make education their priority by dedicating over 80% of their remittances to pay for the education of their children.
  • The high demand for education has ensured that teaching is one of the most highly paid professions in Haiti.
  • Every May at LCS 250-300 Louverturian hopefuls line up around the block at 4 am to take our entrance exam and to have a shot at an education that will undoubtedly change their life, and also the lives of those around them.  
    
This June we will graduate our 20th class of servant-leaders who will go on to prove that education works. In a country where the unemployment rate is between 60% and 80%, and where 84% of professionals leave to find opportunities elsewhere, over 90% of LCS graduates remain in Haiti to further empower their communities, earning 10-20 times the per capita income of Haiti.

Not only is education what Haitians need it is also what Haitians want.  In a sense, we have all received a free education. It is now time to give it.



Happy Birthday, LCS!

The main decoration at the party, in addition to the multitudes of balloons, was the “Happy 28th, LCS!” banner reading in French, “Une ecole pour tous pour un demain meillure,” which in English translates to, “A school for all for a better tomorrow.”

In 1987, The Haitian Project's Louverture Cleary School opened it's doors for the first time to just 30 students. Last week, 360 students, the Staff and Volunteers celebrated Louverture Cleary's 28th birthday.  It was a celebration of just how far the Project has come, and also of our exciting plans for the future.

Rheto (U.S. Senior) student Christie St. Croix enjoyed being able to celebrate with her classmates:

It was great to celebrate the birthday of LCS together. At LCS, our mission is to rebuild Haiti. We should celebrate that and keep that goal on everyone’s mind all the time. Our mission is a part of us and we want it to be a part of everything we do, in the hard work and in the fun.

The day was filled with music, laughter and joy as students cheered for each other in a variety of events. Students participated in games like sack races and musical chairs, and presentations of song, dance, speeches and poetry.

THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan reflected on the day:

THP and LCS have proven that God and human goodness can sustain community ,and that community can perpetually achieve its mission.

Thank you for being a part of the THP Community!

  

Left: Christy Saint Croix fulfills her duty as MC as she introduces the dancers from theKoukouy Sen Klè early childhood program. Right: Jean Roody Georges delivers a passionate speech about Louverture Cleary's past and future.


 

Unexpected Connections

 

Last September, The Haitian Project began implementing the Salesforce.com platform in our U.S. offices. As the Project has grown and works towards a second school in 2018, so has our need for a program that would allow us to continue to maintain a personal relationship with an ever growing community.  

Salesforce was the solution.  Even though Salesforce is the leading client information and relationship management platform used by major companies like GE and Bank of America, The Haitian Project received the program free through the Salesforce Foundation.  The Foundation has been very supportive of our mission in other ways as well, even makingtwo visits to LCS.  Currently, we are finishing up a pro-bono consulting session provided by the Foundation.Last Thursday, Salesforce held a conference in Boston to connect Salesforce users in the New England area. Along with providing access to Salesforce Experts and invaluable information on future tools for nonprofits, appearances were made by New England favorites such as the Dropkick Murphys and the New England Patriot's very own quarterback Tom Brady. Our staff was able to connect with Salesforce professionals to learn tricks of the trade and glean information on using the cloud technology more efficiently.

 

In the themes presented by the keynote speakers, we found that Salesforce and THP unexpectedly share a fundamental principle: a commitment to authentic engagement with our community.  Salesforce is a tool designed to enable organizations to have deeper and more meaningful relationships with their communities.  That is what THP has always strived to do, and a big part of why many of our benefactors have remained connected to THP for well over a decade. 

 


 

 

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