Haiti: Help one, Help many

$6,680 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 34 months

Thanks to all the generous donors of this campaign, Edisson was able to start his training program in Cruise Ship Hospitality in August 2017 at the OceanLink Maritime Training Institute (OMTI) in Les Cayes, Haiti. His progress was remarkable: By the end of February 2018 he had completed his English and hospitality classes and a 3-month internship as a waiter and barman in a hotel of Les Cayes. The final step of the program is to get the certificates in Basic Safety Training mandatory to work on ships. Because no such training facility exists in Haiti, The OMTI has an arrangement with Bluewater Crew Training in Florida, and Edisson was due to fly there with his 30 fellow students in March 2018. Unfortunately they were all denied US entry visas and could not get their safety training.

OMTI had to seek another training centre and stuck an agreement with LJM Maritime Academy in Nassau, Bahamas. The second set back came two days before the students were due to fly to Nassau, on June 21, 2018. The Haitian authorities shut down OMTI and prevented the staff and students to leave. This was in response to a few students lodging in court an official complaint against OMTI regarding the fact that they were not going to Florida as originally agreed, and demanding that their tuition be refunded. Because of this unjustified complaint, the school has been effectively paralyzed ever since, with no resolution in sight.

Imagine the disappointment for Edisson and his family who rested so much hope for a better life on his shoulders! I feel that I cannot give up now and I want to help him get a job on a cruise ship anyway.

The first goal is to give Edisson a smartphone and computer so he has internet access to learn more about cruise ship jobs, take online courses, write his résumé, apply for jobs and have online job interviews. The second goal is to raise enough money for him to go to Nassau and take the basic safety training by himself. This is why I have raised the goal of this campaign to $10000. This will provide the cost of the travel, training and stay in Nassau.

On the bright side, Edisson has now a better command of English and holds certificates showing that he has completed the hospitality training and that he has experience as a waiter/barman.  Please help Edisson realize his dream of getting a job and helping his family and give him some hope after this devastating setback.



My name is Patricia Egli and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Over three years ago, while on a boat trip around Hispaniola, my husband and I stopped in Île-à-Vache on the southern shore of Haiti.

There we met Edisson who offered to guide us for an afternoon walk across the island. On the way he said hello to a couple of young men. When asked he said “they are my friends, I wish I was going with them”.
It turned out that his friends were going to school and he did not because he had not enough money to pay for the remainder of the school year. We gave him the $25 he needed.

20-years old, Edisson was finishing junior high school. Like many in Haiti, he did not go to school regularly because of lack of funds, but he was very keen to continue his education. However there is no high school on Île-à-Vache. I decided to personally sponsoring Edisson by paying his tuition at a high school in Les Cayes, the city on the mainland across from the island. During these 4 years, Edisson has demonstrated remarkable perseverance, determination and commitment to learning.

in September 2016, Edisson told me that he had discovered a training program for a good job in the cruise ship industry. He believed that this program is the fastest way he could start earning money to support his family: his mother, four sisters and two brothers. As Edisson is the only one that has reached this level of education, he is the best hope for the family. I decided to do my best to make this plan a reality.

I started this fund raising campaign and Edisson was able to start the program in August 2017.  Little did we know that changes in  US immigration policies would end up derailing our plans!
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Edisson has completed his hospitality classes and just finished and internship at a hotel in Les Cayes. He was employed as a restaurant waiter and says that he liked this job very much. He is now waiting for a visa to travel to the USA looking forward to attend the marine emergency classes in Florida.
The only set back is that the prospective hiring companies have increased their requirements and asked the Oceanlink Maritime Training Institute to add two extra safety courses to their program. This means that Edisson’s class will stay for two weeks (rather than one) at Bluewater Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and that they will incur an extra tuition cost of US$ 1500 for those two courses.
Thankfully Edisson does not have to pay the extra amount before attending the classes in Florida but will have to come up with this amount. Therefore, despite to be much closer to the completion of his program, Edisson still need your support, and this is why I must increase the goal of the campaign.

Edisson a terminé ses classes en hospitalité et il vient de finir son stage dans un hôtel des Cayes. Il était employé comme serveur de table, ce qu’il a beaucoup aimé. Il attend maintenant son visa pour les USA afin d’aller faire son entrainement de sécurité marine en Floride.
Malheureusement les compagnies s’engageant à employer les étudiants d’OMTI ont demandé d’ajouter deux cours au programme étude. Cela veut dire que la classe d’Edisson devra passer 2 semaines (au lieu d’une) aux établissements de BlueWater Training à Fort Lauderdale, et qu’ils devront payer US$ 1500 en plus pour ces cours supplémentaires.
Heureusement, Edisson ne doit pas payer cette somme avant d’aller suivre les cours en Floride mais la devra à OMTI. Bien qu’Edisson soit proche de terminer son programme, il a encore besoin de votre support et c’est pourquoi j’ai dû augmenter le but de cette campagne.
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THANK YOU to all of you that donated to make it happen. Now he only needs funds to pay for room and board, which costs about $150/month. This means that we are almost at the end of this fund raiser: $1000 to go!
Edisson enrolled in the program in August. Since then his English improved enough for him to be promoted to the next class level. This means that now he is attending the Cruise Hospitality course and has just started an internship in a hotel in Les Cayes. He has obtained his passport and is applying for a USA visa to be able to attend the Marine Emergency training in Florida next year.
In this holiday season, please help Edisson buy good food and keep a roof over his head. It will also double as a birthday present, as his birthday is on January 1.
Thank you to all of you for caring, and I wish you all the best for the New Year.

MERCI à vous tous qui avez aidé à faire de son rêve une réalité. Maintenant il n’a plus besoin que de payer sa nourriture et son logement, qui coûte environ $150 par mois. Donc nous sommes près du but : encore $1000 à réunir.
Edisson a commencé son programme en août. Depuis, son Anglais s’est amélioré suffisamment pour être admis au niveau plus avancé. Donc il suit maintenant le cours d’hospitalité sur navire de croisière et vient juste de commencer un stage dans un hôtel de Les Cayes. Il a obtenu son passeport et a fait la demande pour un visa d’entrée aux USA afin de suivre l’entrainement de sécurité marine en Floride l’an prochain.

En ces fêtes de fin d’année, s'il vous plaît, aidez Edisson à acheter de la bonne nourriture et à garder un toit au-dessus de sa tête. Ce sera aussi un cadeau d’anniversaire pour lui puisqu’il est né le premier janvier.
Merci pour votre support; je vous envoie mes meilleurs vœux pour la Nouvelle Année.
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WE HAVE REACHED TWO THIRDS OF OUR GOAL! Edisson’s education fund has passed the $4 000 mark. Thank you to all of you that helped achieve this milestone. Please help me for the last stretch by spreading the word to your family, friends, co-workers. Edisson will be graduating from high school at the end of June. If the campaign goal is reached by then, he will be able to enroll immediately in the cruise ship hospitality training program, and in a year he could have a job. Less than $2000 in two months…Let’s make it happen!
NOUS SOMMES AUX DEUX TIERS DU BUT! La somme réunie pour payer les études d’Edisson a dépassé $4 000 canadiens. Merci à vous tous qui avez aidé à y arriver. S’il vous plaît, aidez-moi à atteindre le but en parlant de ma campagne à votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues. Edisson terminera son athénée à la fin juin. Si le but de la campagne est atteint pour alors, il pourra commencer immédiatement son programme de formation pour travailler sur les navires de croisière, et il pourra avoir un emploi dans un an. Moins de $2 000 (1 400 euros) en 2 mois… Essayons!
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GOOD NEWS! As of January first 2017, Edisson’s birthday, we have reached a quarter of our goal! Thank you to all of you that donated to send Edisson to the cruise ship hospitality training school. Please consider donating, and encourage your friends and family to do so. Even 10$ can make a difference!
The new roof on Edisson's family house
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$6,680 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 34 months
Created October 22, 2016
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Anne Corbisier
17 months ago

Bon stage en Floride !

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Dan Hutt
20 months ago

You will be successful, Edisson!

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Françoise van Vliet
26 months ago

Bonne chance pour les études!

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