PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – To fight against poverty and exclusion in Haiti, former Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced the creation of the Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation, in honor of his late father.
The mission of the Foundation is to fight against exclusion in a socially divided Haiti by bringing together citizens through community-based organizations where their voices can be heard. Furthermore, by exposing the Haitian people to the power of knowledge and of social responsibility, they will be better able to contribute to social transformation of their own country.
“The Dr. Louis Lamothe G Foundation is an organization that aims to continue the work of my father as a socially responsible activist in the fight for an inclusive and united Haitian society” said Lamothe. “Decades of poverty, misery, violence, economic insecurity and dictatorship have ravaged our country. As a result, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a limited capacity to respond to the effects of political and social instability and natural crises. This foundation is essential and long overdue as it will focus on providing the Haitian people opportunities to transform their own country – something my father believed and fought for.”
The Foundation will be officially launched January 15, 2016 at Ciné Triomphe (Champ de mars) in Port-au-Prince. The day will begin with an exhibition of the works of Dr. Louis G. Lamothe, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. An official opening ceremony of the Foundation will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 7:30 pm.
The event will feature a documentary on the life of Dr. Lamothe and cocktails. During the event, books by Dr. Lamothe, “Alejandro Petion Ayuda al Libertador Simon Bolivar & Los Poetas Mayored Latinoanericanos From 1850 to 1950” will be available to purchase with all proceeds from book sales going to support the foundation’s first social entrepreneurship project.
About Dr. Louis G. Lamothe: “Dr. Louis G. Lamothe was a rare example of a Haitian intellectual who has contributed to the development of Haiti and Latin American countries closer to advance social causes. His contribution has been outstanding in several different areas, including sports, higher education, particularly the teaching of the Spanish language and the works of great Latin American poets from 1850 to 1950.
After obtaining a degree in literature Spanish in Chile in November 1952, he completed a doctorate in literature in Madrid in 1956. He taught modern languages at INAGHEI of 1975-1983 and the Faculty of Ethnology from 1980 to 1995. In order to communicate his passion Hispanic culture for the Haitian younger generation and promote the language of Cervantes in the country, he founded the Institute Lope de Vega in 1962 and directed it until 1998. Lope de Vega has allowed many Haitians executives to embrace the cultures of Latin America and Spain.
At the same time, it contributed to the promotion of Haitian culture in Bolivia and Suriname. He remained a member of the Consular Corps of Suriname, until his death.
From 1956 to 1966, he has published at least 8 pounds in order to facilitate the learning of the Spanish language and to provide an overview of cultures and Spanish and Latin American literature. During his career, he has also received several prestigious awards, including:
– “Cabarello de la Orden de Isabel la Católica” (Madride, July 1975)
– Honor and Merit of the “Orden Mexicana del derecho y la cultura” ( Mexico, May 1964)
He married Ghislaine Fortuney, who gave him two son, Ruben and Laurent Salvador, to whom he trasmit key values, including modesty, humility and passion for excellence. An avid soccer player, Louis G. Lamothe Dr. made a significant contribution to the development of the sport in Haiti and encouraged his two sons in sport.
Dr. Louis G. Lamothe died in 1999. The Foundation Louis G. Lamothe is an initiative that aims to honor his legacy and continue his work to create a more inclusive and cohesive society.