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Haiti Team: Statement to Jou Nouvo’s Friends and Partners

Our Mission is more important than ever.

We would like to thank everyone who has been keeping us in their thoughts and prayers after the political situation in our homeland took a difficult turn on July 7, 2021. As a nation and as individuals, we are deeply saddened by this horrific event that occurred on that day.
We want to take this opportunity to offer our deepest sympathy to the late President Jovenel Moise’s family and every Haïtian affected by his death. As a nation, we deplore this violent act.
We would also like to inform Jou Nouvo’ s friends and partners that, for now, Jou Nouvo’s local staff and beneficiaries are physically safe although we are still emotionally very disturbed by this difficult situation of uncertainty that is affecting us, our families, and friends every day.
Despite the insecurity, we remain completely devoted and motivated to serve our community for the good of educating and supporting each other—we will continue to go forward with our program, in particularly, our summer camp in the coming days to ensure stability and the emotional wellbeing of our children.  
While the assassination of the President Jovenel Moise is the subject of all conversations, we cannot and will not turn away from our commitment to the families we serve. We want to reiterate our commitment to continue to promote peace; and to train leaders of tomorrow–leaders who will know how precious life is and who will respect it in all its forms; leaders who will be able to truly commit to an effective and collective change in our society.
The Jou Nouvo Team believes that there is still hope for Haiti because we are educating the next generation. Thank you for believing that this better tomorrow is possible and for helping us, in your own way, to forge it. We believe that we are on the right path. We will rebuild our country.

Continuing to provide a cycle of hope,

Lynn’ Balmir, Program Manager

Chrislie Rosier, Operations Manager
Reginald Barbot, Program Associate