Liberty University School of Business (BUSI 497-398)

I traveled to Haiti, as part of Liberty University School of Business’ Externship in Haiti program from March 13th, 2017 thru March 20th, 2017. Healing-Haiti was our host, in Haiti, for the duration of the trip.

Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti's landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadel la Derrière, a mountaintop fortress, and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I. (Google)

By way of background, I am originally from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, the second child of a family of four being raised by a single-mother, a successful business woman in her day. I left the country for the United States back in 1968. Throughout the years while living the US, I showed little to no interest to any of the happenings in the country. Simply stated, sad as it may sound, it presented no incremental value to me. Thus, leading me to ask myself throughout this trip "why am I here?"

If anyone has the world's goods and see his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? (1 John 3:17)

Day 1 - Traveling day. At our arrival at the airport we started experiencing the culture immediate -- late luggage arrival, and the usual unscheduled blackouts.

Our team's first Picture in Port-au-prince, Haiti - at the Airport

Day 2 - Focused on job creation related Businesses: Haiti Design Co-op, Rebuild Globally, Papillon Enterprises, and Quisqueya Christian School. By my estimates, the businesses account for 500+ Haitian jobs.

Day 2 photo before heading out to visit several businesses that are creating much needed jobs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. — with Earl Owens, Lindsay Rae Owens, Zac Sicher, KellyLynn Mulcahy, Luc Olivier Jr., Natalie Lay, Paige Landers, Brenna Mills, Cecily Schenimann, Lauren Lawson and Leah Willis at Healing Haiti Guest House.

Looking professional for the day ahead
The team's first Bus ride in Port-Au-Prince
The team visiting one of the factories
Happily working!
Factory Output
Factory Equipments
Thankful for their jobs!
Working at their craft
The business-owner giving our team an overview of her business.
Haiti Design COOP shop

Rebuild Globally Photo Gallery. Making sandals, shoes, etc. by using recycle materials, like tires. Products of excellent quality - Very impressive!

The business team leader giving our team an overview of Rebuild Globally business.
The factory floor - the workers were out to lunch at the time of our visit.
Workers at their workstation - the LU team members, always learning... Business, job creation, ...

Our team departure pose - Rebuild Globally

Team Picture at Rebuild Globally

Some scenes during our travels...

Business - items for sale

Buy and Sell sides of Business: Taking products to market

Business - taking products to market (buy and sell)

In our neighborhood, by the Healing Haiti Guest house. Because we are Liberty, buy a non-alcoholic drink and you can swim.

A place in neighborhood where we are allowed to go for a swim!
Pool side..

Day 3 - Water truck day - Three stops. So many people without basic needs – Water and Sanitation. “According to UNICEF, only 30% of Haitians have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Without clean water, even if they have food, children die from malnutrition because of parasites and bacteria in their unsafe drinking water which causes nutrients to flush out of them through diarrhea.”

Dress for the day's assignments.
Business - Acquiring raw material for distribution
Arriving at Hope School

Healing Haiti's Director of Development, giving our team an overview of Hope School

Healing Haiti's Director of Development, giving our team an overview of Hope School.
Chapel at Hope School
The property behind Hope School!
For me, the shock-and-awe has began!
More... this can not be real!.
..can not be real..

The images of the day!

Water delivery...

I was overwhelmed - trying to keep my composure.

Just in-time process-design
..so much needs...
How can I help?
"To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected." Luke 12:48
A picture is worth a thousand words...

This whole experience with extreme-poverty was an emotionally draining experience for me. Even still.

...so many kids... so many needs...
Determination... Survival...
Running a business -- a delivery needs to be done

Follow my example....

..leadership is part of the process..
..distribution
Helping with delivery as well
.. Delivery...
..in shock.. as to what I just experienced..
Jumping the line is not acceptable!
A happy moment!
Words of encouragement - Stay in school!
..Stay in school
..how can this be? -- I am at a loss for words..
Service with a smile...
Overload...

Images from Haiti Initiative

Haitian Initiative
Ready to serve next --
Children waiting to be served
The food...
The Servers..
Just-In-Time Process Design for Serving
Thankful for their meal
The serving process optimized
Boys shall be boys - there is always time to make a play.
This man looks tired and overwhelmed (yes, its me!)
Some kids were at soccer practice - some of us participated
Some of our team members, play with elegance!

Frankly speaking, this was an emotionally stressful day - I cried privately a few times.

How we look and feel after water truck day!

The Impact of the day on everyone- tan, dirt, etc - where we have been on water truck day!

We worked very hard today
Always showing team spirit

Where I would find my refueling station: team's daily re-cap, prayer, and worship time

Refueling station

Peace Cycle - Creating Jobs by using recycled material. Very impressive to see the number of employed Haitian workers.

The Process - Restoring Dignity
An overview of the process at Peace Cycle
Shopping at Peace Cycle
Reviewing factory output for possible purchases

Day 4 - Visited Healing Haiti's Fleri-Farm (26 acres) in its early development phase. Lots of potential.

The Vision for the farm

Drinking on the job, a healthy drink

Coconut water is good for you!

Fleri-Farm in early development

Mango Trees

Team spirit always on - at the farm

We are a team!

PaPillon - business creation initiative

Papillon

Team's arrival at Papillon

Arriving at Papillon

Team spirit

I enjoyed being part of this team
Passing a word of encouragement whenever I have an opportunity.
Artists, hard at work
Output produced by the factory

Listening to a presentation on factory design process

LU School of Business students, always learning

The presenter

Lecturing about the factory's output with clarity and conviction

Getting toward the finished products, for the delivery to the customer

Getting closer to the end of the production line

Another presentation on the manufacturing and design process

Listening attentively...

Child care for the employees

On the premises - Child Care

Lecture - on the Apparent Project

Self-Learning opportunities

A eating place, for some well deserved rest and relaxation. The leadership at the table, I only met them for the first time on this trip. Then..

I have genuinely grown to love and respect these three-people seating at the table, for the love, respect, and compassion they have shown throughout. I want to be like them when I grow up!

Factory output

Shopping at Papillon

Grace village - my happy time. Seeing impact in action. Pre-K to grade 13, with transition period included. Very good positive impression of the school. The place is happy, clean and spotless.

The verse that come to mind... Proverbs 12:24, “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”

The kids living and learning in this place are living the dreams of those that took action, risk, invested, and worked hard and making this place a reality.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Toward the end of our Journey

Victory is in the air -- Grace Village

Evening time with the crew!

Dinner time - always a happy time for all of us
In case you missed it - Dinner time is a happy time for all of us.

Visiting with the elders. A very emotional experience for me on this time. Shed tears again, after the washing of the feet process. Again, thinking of my late mother: In the spirit of full transparency, I told the first elder, in creole, that I am doing this in memory of my late mother.

One of the elders
Washing of the feet experience
Accommodations for some

Why we are here!

Worship, always part of our process

Stepping out of my comfort zone, again!

Laying of the hands

We all have a story to share for the benefits of others

One elder, telling us part of life's story
The elder's living quarters
Teaming up to pray for the elder
Prayer time

Visiting another elder

Elder visiting
The third elder we visited that day
Reflection...next steps..
During our travels visiting elders
Elder - her place she said gets very hot at times
Team work - always

In closing, leveraging the value-add experiences noted above, I highly recommend this trip to everyone that can make the trip. Truly a life-improving, and life-transforming experience. As for me, I want to help. Toward that end, I recently submitted a LONG-term internship APPLICATION with healing haiti. Lets see where the Lord will lead me in this new journey.

  • Written by Luc Olivier, Jr (lolivier@liberty.edu)
  • Liberty University - Dr. Scott Ehrhorn
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