News from HELP

HELP Featured in the NY Times

December 20, 2014

New York Times’ writer Nicholas Kristof featured HELP in his December 20th column, “The Gift of Education”.

As Bill Clinton says, “Nobody clarifies the social challenges of our time, or the moral imperative to help meet them, better than Nick Kristof,” so this column is a powerful endorsement of HELP.

When Stephanie Rubin (HELP class of 2019) met Kristof in Haiti, she told him, “I never imagined I would be able to meet a journalist from the New York Times! But since I’ve been at HELP, now I know anything is possible.”

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Double The Impact

December 17, 2014

A generous donor is matching all contributions, up to a total of $50,000, through the end of 2014.

HELP us double our impact.

HELP at CGI 2014

Nemdia Daceney speaks on Haiti session panel

September 24, 2014

Nemdia DACENEY (economics ’14) had the opportunity to represent HELP at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting’s Haiti session. Nemdia spoke alongside Paul Farmer of Partners in Health, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien, and Norma Powell of the Center for Facilitation of Investments, on a panel moderated by Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money. Check out the full session, including Nemdia’s opening statement (42:30 – 47:00) and participation in an audience Q&A.

The Story of HELP on Film

August 21, 2014

We’re very pleased to share HELP’s latest video, documenting the mission and methods of the program, and the stories of some of our students and alums. We hope you enjoy it!

Learning with Libra

Student Summer Internships in the U.S.

August 21, 2014

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This summer, three graduating seniors spent two months in the U.S., interning with the Libra Group, a multinational business with interests in shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality, and energy, as well as a number of “diversified” businesses. Libra launched their internship program for university students in 2011 and this is the first time that Haitian students have had the opportunity to participate.

Nemdia DACENEY (economics ‘14) and Ginel DORLEON (computer science ‘14) interned at Libra’s headquarters in New York City, Ginel in the IT department and Nemdia working in support of Libra’s many education initiatives. Elice ORESTE (industrial engineering ‘14) worked in the production department at Greenwood Energy in Green Bay, WI, which produces pellets from industrial waste to be used as a coal alternative.

2014 Recruitment Reflections

Students and staff share their experiences

May 8, 2014

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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

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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.