Bourdo Pierre is a longtime friend and associate to Vermont Haiti Project. Currently attending college in Port au Prince, Bourdo grew up in the mountainous region of Duchity, a six hour drive from the nation's capitol. As a result, he has a keen perspective on the importance of VHP's efforts to open a vocational training center in his hometown:
"As a young group leader in Duchity, I have been in touch with so many young people and I know the biggest concern for most of them.
"Going to school in Duchity is a big challenge while it is also a big dream for the parents and young people. There were 32 students in my class when I was in 6th grade in Duchity. Today, only three of us achieved secondary school and go to the University. It is the same case, or worse, every year.
Children in downtown Duchity
"It is very obvious that the most important thing to do in Duchity now is to invest in education. That's what young people are waiting for now. Too many young men and women are depending on their poor parents.
"The only way to help them become free is to give most of them (all of them in the future) a profession. In my organizations, I observed this big lack of profession and everyone knows that when someone does not have a way to live free, he will feel manipulate the way.
"As I said before, Despagne's Dream is now an answer to the loud and silent question of the youth in Duchity: What to do after finishing secondary school or after being broken in the middle of the road? Despagne's idea and initiative has already had its social impact in Duchity, according to the interest and the involvement of people there."