| Nov 15, 2021
Update from EIM Haiti, fall 2021
Brand new class room!
Happy early Thanksgiving to our extended EIM community!
We want to take a moment to express our continued gratitude this season to the EIM donors (you!) who make everything we do possible - and to pass along some words from Steph Price and Jure Esnold.
From Steph Price, EIM execitive director:
With all of the difficult news coming out of Haiti these past weeks, we wanted to share an update about EIM.
Big picture, we're still here. School is still open, classes are still happening and while attendance has been low due to gas shortages and fear on the streets, we are still standing strong.
In fact, while other organizations are pulling away, we're actually leaning in. Due to the generosity of a recent donor, we're putting the finishing touches on our 6th and final classroom. This investment - especially right now - sends an important message to our students and staff that EIM isn't a short-term initiative, but we're something they can rely on into the future.
From Jure Esnold, EIM graduate and board member:
I was recently in Haiti for seven days, Oct. 13th-20th. As always, it is a great joy for me every time I can be with family and friends. Yet this time, things were unusually complicated. Port-au-Prince is in complete chaos and under the gangs’ laws. Kidnapping has become a daily topic, which adults and children debate as I have never seen before. On top of this, the country is experiencing a gas shortage, which paralyzed the few functioning institutions, private and public services that need electricity to operate, and public and private transportation.
Despite the generalized hopelessness, I am convinced that this is temporary. I have also seen more young people become interested in civic and political life, more vocal and politically engaged, more individuals who believe in science and education - pillars of long-term progress. And of course, our little community: EIM, is continuing to grow.
Seeing all the progress with construction was a very emotional moment for me. It's always been my dream for us to have our own building and we finally have it! This has brought me so much joy and assurance that EIM will continue to serve the community; to continue empowering people to believe, to take actions and become valuable contributors in their own community.
These are small things compared to everything else, but more than enough to renew hope and courage to continue to believe. I am truly grateful to everyone far or near that has contributed to make all this possible - you are true heroes and your impact goes beyond what you can possibly fathom.
~~Thank you for your continued support,