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Three years later: Haitians rebuilding communities, one person at a time

France Remy’s life took a drastic turn three years ago.

When Haiti shook on Jan. 12, 2010, she was volunteering as a nurse in Leogane, the earthquake’s epicenter. Her house totally collapsed, leaving her homeless like over one million other Haitians.

In the camp she has called home since then, France quickly got involved with a network of people working to respond to the changing needs of their fellow displaced people.

Haitian students celebrate new opportunities

After six months of hard work in an accelerated technical training program, youth supported by AFSC in Martissant, a Port-au-Prince community, celebrated their achievement in a graduation ceremony held in Petionville. One hundred youth passed the state exam and received certifications in plumbing, masonry, or refrigeration.

Haiti Program Background

As the post-earthquake situation in Haiti continues to evolve, AFSC is adapting to changing needs. After over a year working in the camps with displaced people, we are developing a teacher training program in partnership with the St. Charles Borromee school. 

We asked Carmen Ortiz, AFSC’s Haiti Program Director, to answer a few questions about this new phase in her work:

Light in the Darkness

It’s a small, very functional tool found in most American homes: a flashlight. When the electricity goes out, its beam is helpful, even comforting. And in communities in Haiti, flashlights can mean the difference between danger and safety.

After 20 Years of Competition Creole Radio Stations Join Forces to help the Haitian Community

A decision by Radio TeteEnsemble and Radio Independence International to join forces is being welcomed by the Fort Myers and Immokalee Haitian population as a move that will strengthen the relationship between both communities.  Sergo Caprice, director and owner of RTE, and Ducarmel Bellevue, for RII, say the decision will enable the two stations to pool resources and enhance the services they provide to the Haitian community.

Ducarmel Bellevue, Radio Independence International and Paul Mondesir, AFSC

Ducarmel Bellevue and Paul Mondesir

Ducarmel Bellevue, Radio Independence International and Paul Mondesir, AFSC

Enhancing Urban Peace in Port-au-Prince

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

Enhancing Urban Peace in Port-au-Prince        

Jorge Laffitte and Carmen Ortiz of American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Paul Mondesir & AFSC’s work in the Haitian community

One of South Florida’s leading organizers in the Haitian community, Paul Mondesir of the American Friends Service Committee works to bridge the Haitian community in Miami and Haiti, as well as bring Haitian issues to light for the broader public.

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