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    World & Culture

    Another side of Haiti

    Published: July 21, 2011

    An interdisciplinary team of student consultants traveled to northwestern Haiti in January 2011 as part of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows program.

    The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business students were there to conduct a rural needs assessment in partnership with a faith-based nonprofit that has been investing in Haiti for more than a decade.

    In this video, the students who traveled to Haiti speak frankly about their experiences, which they say exceeded expectations, left a lasting impression and influenced their post-graduation career ambitions.

    About the Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows program:
    The Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows program matches teams of UT graduate students to serve as nonprofit consultant fellows with NGOs in Latin America. Working in an interdisciplinary team, a Meadows Fellow can expect to provide management consulting services on issues of strategy, marketing, finance, human resources and sustainability for a nonprofit organization.

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      Bob Stevens said on Dec. 16, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
      Let us hope that pretty soon, all of the problems can be solved and the people of Haiti can live happy lives and experience a degree of prosperity. But the greatest lesson of all will be to make sure the same problems do not re-occur because the same mistakes are made over and over again.
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      Nous Infosystems said on Oct. 18, 2011 at 3:34 a.m.
      Every one should educate for the development, Government has to think for developing Infrastructure and Education which is very essential in growth of Nation.
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      Brenda said on Aug. 10, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
      Investing in infrastructure and education will help empower the people of Haiti to make the necessary changes in their government. I'm so proud that UT is involved in creating a better world, however small the contribution may be.
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      Frances said on Aug. 4, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
      These are wonderful stories but until and unless the government of Haiti recognizes individual rights and the rule of law, they are only temporary fixes. What Haiti needs most is a reasoning educated populace and that may take decades.
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      LONGTIMELONGHORN said on July 28, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
      "Mountain of Hope" Mountain of Hope is an awesome and so profound in its meaning for Haiti. As I was reading this article ideas began to pop in head: I wish that all universities in the USA with Student Health Services, Nursing School, Pharmacy Schools, Medical Schools with former student groups like the Texas Exes would become more involved and partnering with your program to also get their students to donate and volunteer. The impact would be so amazing. I can really envision needed hospital medicines & supplies, first aide, cold kits, vitamins, other needed things to restock hospitals and clinics. Even finding donors to donate solar lights and solar equipment. I once read about a man from India teaching older African Women (ie grandmothers)the engineering skills to make solar lamps and start a business, this would be so much more economical in saving electricity, and getting and bonding the community of Haiti to aide and assist each other. Another idea would be to network and include High School Seniors 18 years of age during their summer off before entering college. I have seen younger school children donating packages for our service men overseas. The children would feel very pround and honored to donate "Quaters" for the Mountain of Hope to help the children and families of Haiti. They could even donate books, or shoes or toys. LETS BE PROACTIVE IN OUR EFFORTS TO CONTRIBUTE AND AIDE HUMANITY IN HAITI AND HERE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD AS WELL. TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED. LET US ALL BE ABOUT SHARING AND GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED. THANK FOR TOUCHING AND ENRICHING MY LIFE TODAY!
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