Stanley Clermont

Electrical Engineering – Class of 2011

Stanley became the sole breadwinner for a dozen people after the January 2010 earthquake destroyed his cousin’s house in Port-au-Prince. Thanks to HELP, Stanley landed a job as an interpreter for the British Red Cross, where he could make use of his English skills.

Stanley’s real passion, however, is electrical engineering. “I’m more comfortable with electrical machines and production problems than translation work,” he says. He’s wanted to study the subject since childhood. His father is dead and his mother’s unemployed, and, as the first in his family to go to college, Stanley says he wouldn’t be where he is today without HELP. “My scholarship at HELP has allowed me to move forward academically and as a person. This important progress has brought nothing but deep and unwavering hope to my family.”

In April 2010, Stanley was selected to represent HELP at the annual conference of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) in Miami, FL. He sat on a panel of the closing plenary session titled “Moving Forward in Haiti”, with former President Bill Clinton, award-winning Haitian writer, Edwidge Dandicat, and professional football player, Pierre Garcon. Stanley spoke eloquently about the impact that his HELP scholarship and university education have had on his life.

In addition, Stanley spent the fall 2010 term at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA, after being chosen to participate in a special internship program to assist Haitian university students with the completion of their final-year thesis projects. His time at Virginia Tech was very productive, and Stanley was able to finish his thesis on designing and building a solar-powered water pump and filter.

Upon his return to Haiti in December 2010, Stanley was hired by his alma mater, Quisqueya University, to install the system he developed in his thesis project. Today, Stanley works with E-Power, a Haitian-owned company that opened a state-of-the-art 30-megawatt power plant in early 2011. The new plant will boost energy capacity in Port-au-Prince by 40%, has created hundreds of jobs, and contributes to Haiti’s economic development.