Meet James Blanc, 2010 IU Graduate


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…


When did you start at IU?

I started in first grade in 1997.

Did others in your family attend IU or another school? Or were you the first?

I was the first to attend, then my younger brother joined the school three years later.

Where did you go to college/university?

University of Kentucky

What did you study? What degree did you get?

Plant and Soil Science/Animal Science

When and Why did you return to Univers to begin working?

I returned to Haiti in December 2015. I started working at Univers September 2016. I returned to Haiti because there is no place like home. I wanted to give back to a community that I love and to a country that needs me and my expertise.

What do you love most about your work at Univers?

The fact that I’m giving back to a school that gave me a lot. I love teamwork. It feels good during your first day of work, no one needs to show you where the bathroom is because you were already part of the family.

What is your hope for Haiti?

I hope to see a better Haiti where more children can have access to school, food, all the basic needs. I hope we will have political stability for the next five years so the next president, freshly elected, can deliver all his promises. Being able to attract investors to create jobs will be key.

What do you think is the greatest need in Ouanaminthe/Haiti?

We can’t talk about investment and development without electricity. Electricity is the biggest need. Right now we have less than four hours of consistent electricity each day.


James’ success can be connected directly back to his education and spiritual guidance from Institution Univers. Want to help a student gain that same benefit? Donate today – just $40/month can help cover the cost of a student to attend IU.



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