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The ILP program in Haiti is similar to other ILP programs. You receive training, support, opportunities to serve, opportunities to travel...all of the essentials that past ILP volunteers have loved about their experience abroad. There are however a few ways that this Haitian program is unique from any other ILP location.
In 2001, Fritzner and Carole Morlant founded the orphanage "Foyer Coin des Cieux (FCDC) which means "Corner of Heaven Home". The orphanage started out of necessity as Carole Morlant, a Social Worker, started accepting children into her home who were in the most desperate need of love and care. One by one, the Morlant household began to grow. As part of a need to expand, the couple applied for and obtained status as a formal orphanage in Haiti.
Most people in the world know about Haiti as a result of the devastating earthquake in 2010. What few may not realize was that prior to the earthquake there were over 250,000 orphans with an untold number more following the earthquake.
One of the most pressing needs for these children is education and as important, language. The key to success in Haiti is fluently speaking the English language. With educational needs met, these children have opportunities to be meaningful contributors in the grief stricken nation.
There are a number of individuals working to assist Foyer Coin Des Cieux. Ken & Coppelia were introduced to Fritzner and Carole as part of a missionary reunion for those that served in St. Marc. Ken Agle was the first LDS missionary in this city in 1983. His experiences there have never been forgotten. As part of a reunion for those that served in this area, Ken came and met with others including Carole Morlant, the organizer of the event. At that time, Ken saw the amazing work Carole and her husband Fritzner were quietly doing to help so many children in spite of their own challenging circumstances.
The obvious need has been great, but the Agles have also seen the potential opportunities as a result of their professional experience. The Agles work with hundreds of U.S. financial entities, many of whom utilize outsourcing to augment their services. The Agles see a potential pathway to economic independence for individuals in Haiti if the key aspect of language can be realized. The effort to "teach an individual to fish" is central to the goals and aspirations of the Agles as they look to do more than give fish. With the potential of mobilizing business opportunities, that often are diverted to other nations, to Haiti, the Agles see a full potential cycle of impacting the poorest nation in the western Hemisphere. It is clearly not a quick fix effort, but laying the foundation for this effort over the next generation can be a powerful result for generations to come.
There are many small steps that are needed to complete this effort and none of these steps can be completed by any one individual. It will require many to help, but it can be accomplished and the goal of helping those in the most dire of circumstances is what life is about. We hope that others will join us in this effort.