News from HELP

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.”

Working with Western Union & WKKF

Partnering to promote leadership and education

December 19, 2013


This fall, HELP celebrated a very exciting landmark. We received the two largest single-year grant disbursements in our history, thanks to the generous partnership of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and the Western Union Foundation. Both WKKF and Western Union have a longstanding focus on education, and together they are sponsoring nearly 20% of the HELP student body for the 2013-2014 school year. WKKF’s support for HELP is part of their recently launched 15-year commitment to Haiti, while Western Union’s engagement comes via their three-year “Education for Better” global campaign.

Alternative Classrooms

an eventful autumn and student reflections

December 18, 2013

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During the fall semester, students found time to organize and participate in a wide range of extracurricular events. From hiking in the mountains to hosting lectures and concerts to organizing clinics, here is a sample of what we have been learning outside the classroom.

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

November 6, 2013

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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.”

Isemonde Inspires

HELP's first student meets the next generation

October 16, 2013

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In late August, we invited a group of 51 students – our largest incoming class ever – to HELP, along with their parents, to receive a formal welcome to the program not only from the staff but also from the very first HELP student, Isemonde Joseph Balthazar. This was a unique opportunity for our newest scholars to learn about the origins of HELP and for Isemonde to share her inspiring story, which is a testament to the impact of higher education in enabling young people from impoverished backgrounds to succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds.

HELP in New York, New Hampshire, and Illinois!

International Exchange in summer 2013

October 16, 2013


HELP’s study abroad program is now in its third year, and this past summer HELP students attended Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and a leadership conference in Illinois. We’re very pleased to share their international experiences and accomplishments.

HELP Students ACTIVE Across Haiti

Creating a nationwide internship network

October 16, 2013


As part of HELP’s leadership curriculum, all students participate in a service project that addresses a community need. One such project that has been particularly successful is the brainchild of Anne-Martine Augustin (electrical engineering ’14). After attending a 2011 WISE Haiti Task Force conference highlighting 20 successful initiatives in education, Anne-Martine wondered how students like her could get more exposure to well run local organizations. She came up with the idea of placing university students in internships to provide them with valuable experience and to bring their skills and energy to these institutions across Haiti. Anne-Martine named her initiative ACTIVE (Action Towards Initiatives & Volunteering in Education).