PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, USA (sentinel.ht)- At Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence Dr. Theony Deshommes is working for three weeks as an observer, gaining valuuable experience before he returns home to Haiti and its daunting medical challenges.
Deshommes says that hes is a doctor instead of a taxi driver, is due to improbable good fortune receiving a free education at the Louverture Cleary School, a private Catholic institution near the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince. “I was born and raised in poverty,” Deshommes said. “Its not only a school, Its a family and a dream.”
The Boarding school is the driving passion of its directors, Partrick Moynihan, a former commodities trader turned Roman Catholic deacon who wants to extend its model nationwide, dramatically expanding educational opportunities for middle and high school students in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country.
In the next 10 year nine schools will be built with his $75 million plan , creating a network that serves 3,600 students selected through competitive admission. The school would be free, and their $13 million annual budget would include funds for about 1,200 university scholarships.
“You don’t have to be a genius to see something that works,” said Moynihan, a Brown University graduate who has led the school for 21 years. “People in the private sector are hiring in Haiti because they see the talent we’ve brought through the school, and they’re hungry for that talent.”