The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti

December 21, 2014

Program Committee

William SmarthFather William Smarth is a Haitian-born diocesan priest who has lived and worked with the Spiritans for many years. His Creole translations of the liturgy and his catechetical texts are widely used in Haiti. As a member of the Spiritans "formation" (consciousness-raising and training) team, Father Smarth has coordinated, evaluated and worked with several indigenous training institutes. As a religious leader promoting social justice, Father Smarth has worked closely with dozens of peasant, youth and popular organizations in religious and civic training throughout Haiti, but especially in the North.

France ButeauFrance Buteau was born and raised in Haiti and was educated in Spain and the U.K. She has eight years experience in education and 31 years as a supervisor and translator for a major international financial institution. She retired to Haiti last year and volunteers with the Lambi Fund and an after school program in her neighborhood. She is especially interested in women's issues and is committed to working to improve the quality of life of the peasantry in Haiti.

Marguerite JosephMarguerite Joseph brings to the Lambi Fund years of experience working closely with Haiti's popular movement. Currently Ms. Joseph serves as coordinator of GATAP, the Gwoup Apwi Teknik as Aksyon Pedogojik (Technical Assistance and Training Group), and as a board member to the Jean Marie Vincent Foundation. Formally trained as a teacher, she has applied her skills to Haiti's poorest sectors. Ms. Joseph has trained many literacy trainers and instructors working in alternative educational setting. She has also worked closely with the women's branch of TET KOLE, a large peasant organization.

Freud Jean was formerly a parish priest in Belladaire where he worked with the Ti Legliz in "formation," consciousness-raising, training, and organization; his focus: to help poor Haitians root themselves in the political and economic Christian reality. Freud has worked with the National Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops' Conference since 1986. He is currently the Executive Secretary (director) of PAJ, the Program for Alternative Justice, an institution formed from the people's expression for radical change with justice, which focuses on popular organizing and justice. Freud also represents PAJ in the Human Rights Platform and is a member of the Truth Commission.

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