23 Georgia Tech Students Installed Solar Panel System For Clinic In Haiti
Hello, my name is Chelsea Jean-Mary and I am a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A team of 23 students from my school went to Haiti this past may to install a solar panel system for a clinic.
The trip purpose was to install a solar panel system for a clinic in Thoman, a small town an hour east of Port-au-Prince. It was enriching and a very, very small way to give back to my parents’ country with the things that I learned at Tech. I’ve gone to Haiti 3 or 4 times during my undergrad with Projects for Haiti, Inc., a nonprofit co-founded by friends Bertrhude & Priscilla at the University of Florida.
It was always an excuse to go back since my parents don’t visit the country anymore, each for their own personal reasons. It was interesting to see how the country has changed in some ways and not changed. Some roads have been paved and some were in construction but progress has been very slow since my last visit, which isn’t surprising but it is entirely disheartening. I remembering reading in high school of Haiti being like “a cigarette burning at both ends” and kind of dismissing it as an exaggerated metaphor but the older I get, the more I understand. A part of me remains optimistic.
I am still very much in love with the country (the people, the weather, the food, the land is truly indescribable) but I don’t know when I’ll be back. Anywho, I made a short video to thank our sponsors that you can check out narrated by yours truly. It was really an awesome trip and I’m happy that I was able to contribute.
Written by Chelsea Jean-Mary