OMEP Haiti wished for “seminars to be presented in Haiti by persons who might help control negative feelings everyone has to face since the quake.” It wished to better fill parents and children’s expectations and help children understand death, mourning, natural disasters. Among the proposed resources were two Quebec specialists in mourning for adults and children, and co-authors of a guidebook on interventions with children, who seemed to be relevant to the wish of Haitians. Finally, one of them Claire Foch, psychotherapist, travelled to Port-au-Prince and presented two workshops, each for two days, and a public conference hosted by OMEP Haiti. During her stay, from May 4 to 11, Foch was also interviewed by a journalist from an important local newspaper and participated in a popular TV show, broadcasted many times. These were some other means to reach a larger public.
Upon her return, Foch sent a report and a few pictures. OMEP Haiti also sent its report (see below, in French).
The psychotherapist’s honorarium as well as transportation and the insurance expenses for this journey were paid directly by OMEP Canada using already received donations. Indeed, it seemed simpler and cheaper to do so, the expenses being charged in Canada preventing expensive bank transfers. Please note that Foch was accommodated, fed and transported by an OMEP Haiti member.
As per July 12, we know we can count on a residual amount of some USD13 571.52, collected by Committees from Canada, China, France, Iceland, and Korea. The World Assembly might be an opportunity for other Committees to make donations.
The fund might be dedicated to address the second priority expressed by OMEP Haiti, i.e. help damaged or destroyed schools to get back to work. According to the previously adopted orientations, OMEP Haiti now wishes to specifically support the Normal School for early childhood educators to get its library back in operation.