WHAT IS PROJECT HAITI?
Project Haiti is a charity organization founded by two Weston High School Juniors who are committed to improving the lives of children through education.
Haiti, because of its location in the Caribbean, often experiences a range of natural disasters, ranging from cyclones to earthquakes. Statistically, Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the world, with nearly 60% of the population living on less than 2 dollars a day. 50% of the youth do not attend school, and only 29% of the adult population attended secondary school. We at Project Haiti focus on education and health care, as we believe that strength in these two areas can drastically improve Haitian quality of life and allow for more and more Haitians to break the cycle of poverty.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
Raymond is a junior at Weston High School, and through soccer, came to see that although talent and potential are equally distributed across the globe, opportunity is not. He became especially interested in helping Haiti after reading a series of articles detailing the impact of COVID-19 in Haiti, and thus co-founded Project Haiti in January of 2020 alongside Caitlyn Rhatigan. Raymond is the junior Class of 2022 president at the high school, and has been a part of student government since freshman year.
Outside of school Raymond, has been a tri -varsity athlete (soccer, indoor track, outdoor track) since freshman year, plays piano, and is a part of the Town Criers, an all male singing group. Raymond, who has qualified to attend DECA's ICDC twice, has been a part of DECA since his sophomore year and was recently elected to the DECA Executive Board.
Caitlyn is a junior at Weston High School, and learned about Haiti at a young age through her father who is a doctor who works for a non-profit and has visited Haiti every year. Caitlyn has always dreamed of being able to visit Haiti with her father and has always wanted to help Haiti and especially children. Recently, with COVID-19, Caitlyn has wanted to do something to support children's health care in Haiti through education, which she believes is one of the most important thing in a child's life.
In addition to school work, Caitlyn plays three varsity high school sports (field hockey, basketball, and softball). Caitlyn also plays clarinet in the high school's wind ensemble and baritone saxophone in jazz band. Caitlyn has been apart of DECA for since her freshman year and has recently been elected to the DECA executive board. She is also a member of the student ambassadors.