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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Learn more
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