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HELP‘s mission is to create, through merit- and needs-based university scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who promote a more just society in Haiti.

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2014 Recruitment Reflections

Students and staff share their experiences

May 8, 2014

Digital Camera

This year, HELP identified our recruitment drive as a priority and developed a new strategy for the January – March recruitment period. Over the course of 12 weeks, student-led teams visited over 1,000 schools across the country and spoke directly to more than 160,000 secondary school students, even reaching those in remote areas like the islands of La Tortue and La Gonave. “We put in a strong effort this year, and the results speak for themselves,” says Recruiting Intern Landy Sabrina CYPRIEN (agronomy ’15). “Some notable differences from past years include the assignment of team leaders for each department and the increased availability of vehicles and materials for each team. These changes allowed for better productivity and time management.” HELP’s outreach was expanded even further by our student media teams, which appeared on more than 50 regional and national radio stations, and by our partners at Digicel, who sent a nationwide text blast with admissions information to 2,000,000 subscribers!

Success of Student Sponsorship

May 8, 2014


HELP has been sponsoring deserving students for over 15 years, and we are firm believers that education is the most direct route out of poverty. It’s always nice to get validation that we are on the right track! We recently came across a 2013 article in the Journal of Political Economy which does just that. In the first study of its kind, U.S. based researchers concluded that international sponsorship dramatically increases the probability that a beneficiary will finish school. In fact, the study found that international sponsorship increased the probability of a beneficiary completing a university education by 50%–80%, and increased the probability of obtaining a white collar job by 35%. Thanks to all of our sponsors for increasing the chances of success for all HELP students and for Haiti.

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Artists for Haiti profiles three students

February 14, 2014

Many thanks to Artists for Haiti for their generous support, Cine Institute for their production work, and Fegens, Maureen, and Pierre-Charles for sharing their stories!

HELP Featured in Kristof Op-Ed

List of holiday gifts that make a difference

December 20, 2013

We are honored to be included in Nicholas Kristof’s annual holiday giving guide in his latest New York Times column. It was a pleasure to welcome Mr. Kristof to the HELP Student Center last week and to introduce him to our extraordinary students who are proving that “education is the best escalator out of poverty.”

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Visits HELP!

November 6, 2013

secretary visit

HELP was delighted to welcome the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the American Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela A. White, and the Haitian Minister of National Education and Professional Training, Vanneur Pierre, to the HELP Student Center on November 5. They toured the Center and met with HELP staff and students to discuss the challenges that young Haitians face in accessing higher education.

Secretary Duncan tweeted about the visit, “Great conversation w students from Haitian Edu & Leadership- creating the next generation of Haitian leaders. pic.twitter.com/7hNLpGQAiZ.”