News from HELP

Alumna’s Video Brings National Attention to Climate Change

December 30, 2014

Singing“We’re in danger…now is the time to act,” the music urges as the camera swiftly pans above the russet mountains and dense verdure of the Kenscoff mountains, in a vibrant reminder of all that could be lost.

Led by Daphnée Charles (Agro-Economics 2012), Program Officer with Panos Caribbean, the “Nou An Danje” (We are in Danger) video launched in November as a public service announcement meant to inspire citizens and political leaders to take urgent measures to adapt to climate change, slow environmental degradation, and preserve the country’s biodiversity.

Nephtaly Pierre’s “Voice of Youth”

December 30, 2014

Having the fortune to be raised by a single-mother who emphasized the importance of education, Nephtaly Pierre-Louis (Economics 2017) seized every educational opportunity that came his way. In primary and secondary school he excelled in all his classes, allowing him to attend the best schools in his home city of Jérémie on Haiti’s south-western peninsula. But it was not until he was accepted to HELP and began the leadership class that he was able to fully appreciate the values of civic responsibility and social entrepreneurship and their potential to transform his country.

“Young people need to be made aware of how to engage with their community and the world of work,” he says.” We currently lack the framework to develop our potential and are too much like robots. We should be striving to be job creators not just job seekers.” This interest in policy has lead Nephtaly to seek opportunities to precipitate change amongst his peers.

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.”



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.