Port-Au-Prince, Haiti – The Yele Haiti Foundation, in conjunction with the Polytechnic Isaiah Victor Center, held their first graduation ceremony of its first class on Friday July 29th and 111 Haitian youths (ages 21-42 years) graduated from six-month vocational training programs from plumbing, carpentry to masonry.
The ceremony which took place in the presence of Yele Haiti founder Wyclef Jean and other dignitaries.
These young men and women came from neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, Cité Soleil, Bel-Air and Croix-des-Bouquets, and more.
Luxamar Patrick, one of the graduates, thanked Yele Haiti for the opportunity given to himself and classmates. Young Patrick is willing to put his competent service in Haiti, particularly on the level of earthquake-resistant constructions.
Isaiah Victor, Director of Poly-Technical Institute, stressed the need for these types of professionals in the reconstruction of Haiti devastated by the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Wyclef Jean, who withdrew his Directorship of Yele Haiti in August 2010, said instead of giving them a fish, it is better to teach them to catch a fish.
Wyclef is urging Yele Haiti to train more than 20,000 thousand young people over the next two years. Jean also hopes wishes to see an Office of Employment open that will help young Haitian professionals find work.