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Thank you for your love and support over the last 25 years! We look forward to seeing what God will do in the next 25 and beyond.

Thank You for 25 Years! from Haiti COCINA on Vimeo.

As I sat in a booth at Chick-fil-A at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport at 5:30am, I glanced up to see a sign on the wall that read:

I don’t shop because I need something.
I just shop for shopping’s sake.
– Cat Deeley

I don’t know who Cat Deeley is, but as I was minutes away from boarding a plane headed for Haiti, this quote stood out to me in a BIG way. (more…)

sponsor a child in haiti

So, I thought it would be fun to share a little of what goes on “behind the scenes” with the Student Sponsorship Program.

sponsor a child in HaitiAs of today, we’ve gathered photos and information on nearly 600 students – first, second, and third graders. That may seem like a fairly simple task, right? I mean, in the States, there’s picture day each year and every student is already plugged into all kinds of school and district databases.

Not so in Haiti.

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Below is the fourth in a series of articles highlighting some of the graduates of Institution Univers who, through the support of COCINA and its partners, went on to study beyond IU and have now returned to Ouanaminthe and Univers to fulfill their commitment of giving back to the community they came from.

We ask each of the returning graduates now working for Univers a series of questions that we hope will allow you to learn not only about their past, but about their hopes for the future, in their own words.

Meet James Blanc…

 

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(This post is written by our Director of Development & Sponsorships, Matt White)

Back in September 2016, I took on a part-time role with Coalition of Children in Need Association (COCINA) as the Director of Development & Sponsorships, and I’ve spent about five weeks in Haiti over the last several months. (more…)

 

 

Below is the third in a series of articles highlighting some of the graduates of Institution Univers who, through the support of COCINA and its partners, went on to study beyond IU and have now returned to Ouanaminthe and Univers to fulfill their commitment of giving back to the community they came from.

We’ve begun to ask each of the returning graduates now working for Univers a series of questions that we hope will allow you to learn not only about their past, but about their hopes for the future, in their own words.

Meet Marie-Claire Charles…

 

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Making the Impossible, Possible.

What happens here sometimes seems “impossible,” like it literally SHOULDN’T be happening because of what we’re in the middle of – one of the worst economic situations in the world, a staggering unemployment rate, and literacy far below the world’s standards.

But…it IS happening! Here’s a glimpse into a day at Institution Univers.

The Impossible IU from Haiti COCINA on Vimeo.

What We’re Doing to Battle Hunger in Haiti

COCINA’s lunch program feeds 3,000 people per day, and the Bread4Haiti bakeries provide nutritious breads and pizza to the Ouanaminthe community. Through these programs and the help of our supporters, COCINA is battling malnutrition and hunger in Haiti.

Watch this short video to learn more…

Battling Hunger in Haiti from Haiti COCINA on Vimeo.

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success in haitiBelow is the second in a series of articles highlighting some of the graduates of Institution Univers who, through the support of COCINA and its partners, went on to study beyond IU and have now returned to Ouanaminthe and Univers to fulfill their commitment of giving back to the community they came from.

We’ve begun to ask each of the returning graduates now working for Univers a series of questions that we hope will allow you to learn not only about their past, but about their hopes for the future, in their own words.

Meet Emmanuel Joseph…

 

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haiti elections(The following is written by James Blanc, a 2010 graduate of Institution Univers)

Haitians Elect a New President

Election is a formal decision-making process by which individuals choose someone to hold a position. Elections are held in every democratic country. As soon as somebody mentions democracy, he indirectly talks about elections, because that’s how people exercise power by freely electing representatives among themselves. (more…)

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