2015 - VHP in Haiti: Latest Trip Report
Working Together; Making a Difference
A VHP group of six returned from Haiti last month. They spent one day in Port-au-Prince and then headed up to the mountain village of Duchity, approximately a six hour drive. They had a great trip and it was wonderful to see that the vocational school is going really well. There are 285 students! Many of the students enrolled in a trade curriculum are also taking a computer class and/or English class.
One person on this trip works for NOLS and is taking a break for the winter as she is interested to shift her leadership/outdoor education skills into something with a stronger humanitarian focus.
Kimball heads back to Haiti in April with Tom Tailer. Tom is a Vermonter who has developed a technique for building with panels of recycled material and thin layers of cement- construction that is inexpensive and strong enough to resist hurricanes and earthquakes.
Tom will begin the research and surveying this April; then the project will start in June when some UVM engineering students go to Duchity to build a workshop using Tom’s techniques. Kimball will travel with them for orientation, and the students will then continue on with building and teaching for a couple more weeks.
Volunteers for Peace will be staying in the dormitory at the school June 27- mid-August doing a summer camp with the local kids.
VHP to be honored at Vermont State House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 13, 2015
VERMONT HAITI PROJECT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS PART OF A STATE HOUSE RESOLUTION
We are pleased to announce that a decade of service by Vermont Haiti Project, Inc. will be the subject of a state resolution, to be read next week at the state house in Montpelier!
Representative Marjorie Ryerson (Randolph) will be reading the citation during the 10:00am session, Tuesday March 17.
The resolution reads, in part:
“Through their decade of service in Haiti, volunteers of VHP have operated according to the philosophy that ‘we are one world and thus we need to reach out to make sure our fellow citizens, especially those most in need, are healthy, safe, and are afforded opportunities that will improve their quality of life.’
“Caring for our neighbors… providing opportunities that promote healthy, safe communities… and fostering self-reliance are traits that have always served Vermont well. They are traits that Vermont Haiti Project is proud to share in Haiti.”
Vermont Haiti Project has previously been lauded; in 2010 Senator Patrick Leahy composed a letter of praise and thanks for VHP’s response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti.
This latest recognition – not to mention the wonderful progress made with VHP’s programs in Haiti – could not have happened without the backing of hundreds of VHP friends, family and supporters. As such, all are invited to attend Tuesday’s resolution, as we would be honored to share in our recognition with our supporters.
Many thanks from VHP!