The toughest moment in the life of any young adult is leaving the security of home and finding a way to survive as an adult. While many of us turn to parents, friends and relatives for our first job, the children of NPH do not have that luxury. In a country burdened with 80% unemployment, there are few opportunities for our Haitian students. This unfortunate reality made one volunteer decide to act. In 1999, John Ise established an internship program for the oldest students of Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs – Haiti.
Three years later, 127 students have completed internships at a variety of companies, with several placements leading to permanent
Janvier learns to be a mechanic
positions. This summer, sixteen companies and twenty-six students participated in the program. Jobs varied from secretary at a travel agency to a hotel receptionist, technical work with boilers, electricity and machinery at a factory to shoemaking.
Prior to their placements, the students attended regular meetings with the coordinating volunteer to discuss work ethics, punctuality and appropriate dress. The students gain practical experience while learning how to maintain a professional work attitude and take responsibility for themselves. Finding solutions to their own problems is a big hurdle for a lot of the students. These positions teach lessons they could not learn otherwise.