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My name is Marcel Jean. I was born on June 6,1968 in Cayes, in the south of Haiti. I am forty years old. I grew up in one of the bigger shanty towns in Haiti - I was in Cite Soleil from 3 to 33 years old. I had to give up the slum due to a problem with safety. Now, I have lived at Delmas (another part of Port-au-Prince) for 7 years. I got married 5 years ago. I have 2 Children. Their names are Ange Merla, who is 16 years old, and Johnsley, who is 6 years old. I am a teacher and I started teaching at aged 17, and have continued until now. I am motherless and fatherless.

The condition of my living seems a little bit sad sometimes, because it is with a lot of difficulties that I feed my family, pay my rent and help my children with their education. So I am working hard here to see how I can survive with my family..

I like to work with People in Need Partnership, because I believe that it is an organization that has an object like my own. I want to work in it to help it move forward, so that it's dream will come true. But also, I would like to have a better life tomorrow.

Our staff in Haiti
image Marcel Jean Mini-center Volunteer bio
image Myriam Dejean Partnership Manager bio
image Marc Louis Assistant Coordinator bio

Our staff in Portland, Oregon
image Shadia Duery Board member bio

Background and History of People in Need Partnership
People in Need Partnership is a creation of Visionary Society, a non-partisan, not religious organization designed to connect what lies under the surface with practical action. People in Need Partnership is an example of that process. In 2005 and 2006 it published a monthly newspaper called Alaska Humanity News, with News of the real - the personal and meaningful origins of everyday events.
All administrative costs are covered by our primary sponsor, Qupqugiaq Inn, a small, unique hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.
Laura in Cite Soleil school

Our collapsed office after earthquake

Our new office in Port-au-Prince
Wherever a person is crying out for help, and no one hears them, another person is waiting for the call. That is why our first stop is Haiti, an abandoned country just south of Florida, a world of hungry and neglected people, a country with the third lowest calorie intake in the world.

Our Haiti locations
Our main office is located in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. We have a staff of 5 full-time and several part-time workers. We are working in several neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, including the notorious slum of Cite Soleil (and also in Jalouzie, Citron, and Delmas). Our U.S. offices are in Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Oregon.

Background information on Haiti Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Seventy-six per cent of the population lives on less than $2.25 a day, and 55 per cent live on less than $1.13 a day. Haiti is home to about 50,000 street children, and another 250,000 children who work as restaveks or child slaves. Severe or moderate malnutrition and stunting affects 42 percent of children under five. Preventable sickness like malnutrition and diarrhoea kill 28 percent and 20 percent of children under five years old. Haiti ranks along with Afghanistan and Somalia as one of the three countries of the world with the worst daily caloric deficit per inhabitant (460 kcal/day). Some 2.4 million Haitians cannot afford the minimum 2,240 daily calories recommended by the World Health Organization.

Our partners live in four slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
This is Cite Soleil

PINP staff member conducting interviews after earthquake

Collapsed building after the January, 2010 earthquake

A million people are still sleeping in tents or sheets in Port-au-Prince