L’École La Dignité was adopted as the International Trends and Services program in 2004. L’École La Dignité (School of Dignity) is located in Pétavy, a small fishing village on the South East coast of Haiti, a part of Haiti where education and funds for schooling is one of the greatest obstacles to strengthening the lives of young people. After eight years, the Renaissance Chapter continues to play a vital role in building education capacity programs in Haiti through its affiliation with L’École la Dignité. Through our fundraising efforts, the chapter provides lunch, books and supplies to the school. In addition, we are working to support the development of a new vocational career program for students who complete the first level school (elementary). In 2011, a $10,000 grant to support this initiative was awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. While L’École la Dignité is a special place in the hearts of Haitian students, it also has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Renaissance Chapter of Links, Incorporated.
This year, the facet is exploring the opportunity to collaborate with organizations dealing with human trafficking issues. Haiti has been a haven for criminal activities including human smuggling, human trafficking and illegal adoptions and things have gotten worst since the earthquake in January 2010. Human trafficking is a problem around the world and even in Detroit, Michigan. We are also exploring the opportunity to collaborate with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) to address the issues of women. IEEW is currently developing a program entitled, Peace Through Business in Haiti.