This journey with ÉCLAT has been amazing thus far; we are an inseparable family, united by the same objective that is to shine a positive light on our dear country. We are all passionate about our homeland and we believe in its rich potential. Before discussing about what we have accomplished thus far, let’s talk a little about who we are and how we created our beloved ÉCLAT.
I always wanted to give back to my community but never knew how and who to contact. After graduating with my master’s, the subject often rose but I never knew what to do about it. However, I was blessed to be around very ambitious people, precisely Mackendy Talon, our president and my younger sister Sophia Philor who is our Vice-President. Because of these two, I was able to come out of my shell and finally was able to get involved in my community the way I’ve always dreamed of.
It all started with Mackendy’s idea to work towards bringing back agriculture in the rural regions of Haiti. Having roots in Côtes-de-Fer (South East of Haiti), we all judged best to start the project there. We spoke about it for weeks, and stayed up all night researching. After having a good idea of what we wanted, Mackendy introduced us to other young professionals who also loved the idea: Widmaier and Didier. These two individuals were amazing from the start and the ideas they brought blew our minds. After just a few days with them, it felt like we knew them for months. Our meetings were always fruitful yet fun. A few weeks later, my youngest sister Anne-Norah Philor, having assisted most of our meetings and who brought up many great ideas, was officially added to the group. We then launched our group online, on every social network in March of 2015.
During our first day launching, we received such awesome feedbacks that we could not believe our eyes. What we thought was just a small gesture in our community had so much more impact on others.
Our first task was to do a few interviews with the inhabitants of Côtes-de-fer. After our first interview, we were baffled by the fact that we missed what this population needed the most which was water! Without water, they could not work towards agriculture. This discovery brought us back to the drawing board. Our mission slightly took another turn and we drew our focus more into getting funds to help this population with easy access to water.
After one trip to Haiti led by our president, it was clear that the inhabitants of Côtes-de-fer are desperately in need of water. They have to walk hours sometimes to fill buckets for their daily use. It is both unfair and inhumane; no one should have to go through this, especially for something as basic as water.
This experience opened my eyes. Many of us take these things for granted. We do not think twice when we let the water run in the sink while brushing our teeth or washing dishes. We are stuck in our little bubble and do not realize the ones out there suffering.
This is why I am proud of my team and of our objective. We are dedicated to bring awareness about this issue and therefore help our people in Haiti. This way we believe we could make a change in our country, one rural city at a time.
Until next time,
Clara, Secretary General