Sharing A Passion for Reading in Haiti By - Pierre Balthazar, Co-Founder of Return 2 Haiti This summer my wife Cindy and I will lead a volunteer group of people leaving for Haiti from Michigan in order to set up a reading room as a precursor to a lending library in Belle Anse, my hometown.
Obtaining an education in Haiti is challenging. Less than 30% of Haitian children achieve even a 6th grade education. Only 20% of eligible children are fortunate enough to attend secondary schools. A University education is a luxury that many cannot afford. Education provides hope for the future of Haiti, and, therefore, appreciation for education in
It was over two and a half years ago that we decided to change our focus for the work that we have been called to do in Haiti because of a lesson learned in Haiti. Many of you know us and have been our steadfast friends and supporters for a decade as we dedicated ourselves to LeKol
When you first meet Pierre and Cynthia Balthazar, the founders of Return 2 Haiti, it seems like they are worlds apart. Before long you will learn that they both come from fairly large families and were raised in a rural agrarian environment. They are both teachers, the both have several children from first marriages. Most
In the summer of 2012 we launched our first health initiative, with the help of one of our partner organization - Homeopaths Without Borders. We selected 30 candidates to participate in this training program with the hope that we would be building local health care capacity and an environment of sustainability for the practitioners. The
What is Return 2 Haiti ? Return2Haiti is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering and building true capacity in three focus areas in Haiti - the environment, education, and health. We believe in creating an organization that honors Haitians for their tenacity, grace and strength in the face of great hardships. Most will remember that
October 2016 saw Hurricane Matthew tear through the South and Grand Anse Departments of Haiti, and sent high winds, much rain and storm surges all along the Southern coastline of Haiti. This weather flooded the town of Belle Anse and destroyed some of the security walls surrounding the yard and buildings where our preschool, Ebel’s