She has been creating jewelry for a couple of years now.  Her jewelry is unique.  She not only uses beautiful beads to adorn  her creations , she recycles . From boxes, to paper its all there.  She currently has 4 employees and is housed in our incubator in Martissant, a vulnerable community within Port-au-Prince. She believes in a vibrant future for her family, for her neighbors, and for her  country.

The day began with a check-in session and creation of student profiles for 71 individuals (profiles attached). The Youth Placement program coordinators, Laurene Cetoute and Elva Merzeus, introduced the agenda for the day as well expectations for youth participation in the program. An introduction speech was also provided by the HPCD director, Ernso Jean Louis, to motivate full youth participation in the program as well as the long term benefits the program can provide for the youth.  Mr. Jean Louis emphasized the useful application of the training on the lives of the youth in the long term spectrum of their lives and consequently a stronger community.

The day continued with a speech by a past program participant. The previous intern shared his experiences with the group and the success he is experiencing from the work he completed with the construction company. Particularly, the characteristics needed to become successful in the program including the eagerness to work and showing interest in the field. The presenter continued to share his story by revealing his new position as a manager in the company where he previously held his internship. He emphasized the importance of the program which gave him a second opportunity to start fresh and create a better future for himself, a point also expressed by Mr. Jean Louis in making the participants understand the chance they are given through the program. The youth provided feedback on the presentation, revealing the inspiring nature of the speaker and their positive outlook on the program.

A lunch break was provided to the participants and lunch was served by HPCD. Participants were then asked to fill out information packets and sign a contract, all of which was reviewed by HPCD staff for clarity in responding to the forms. The documents are designated for the HPCD staff to acquaint themselves with the participants and place them in the internships accordingly. The pictures taken will be included in the profile.

A meeting was held between the interns and HPCD staff involved through the day to review the agenda and make modifications for the following days such that a more efficient and useful program could be provided to the participants. 

HPCD's mission: sustainable job creation and we continually effectuate this. Specifically within the youth placement and development project we 
continually provide learning and internship opportunities to the country’s youth such that the Haitian youth are qualified to work professionally in a self-sustaining manner.  

Beginning on Tuesday, August 7th and lasting until Friday, August 10th, youth between the ages of 17 to 25 were selected from varying neighborhoods throughout Port-au-Price in participating in the Youth Placement program hosted by HPCD. The youth will receive professional training in one of four fields of construction, electric technology, plumbing and climatization, and metal working and welding. For the current year (2012), 200 students were selected for the program, an increase of 50 youth from 2011.


Each profession was assigned an introductory and preparatory day where participants underwent orientation. The session began with participants checking in, followed by having a profile picture taken. The remainder of the day proceeded with presentations and information sessions for the youth, each day designed for the field of work to be introduced.

by Jessica Davis

The Haitian Partners for Christian Development (HPCD) annually selects a number of Haitian youth for a yearlong program involving 6 months of training in one of four fields of construction, electric technology, plumbing and climatization, and metal working and welding. The training is preceded by 6 months of internship assigned to the youth in their respective field of work. The mission of HPCD is to train the youth and provide a foundation through which jobs can be created for long term sustainability.