Listening is a key strength of Nedgine Paul. Before launching Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti), she spent more than three years actively listening to her native Haiti. The result of her listening is a highly contextualized solution that turns teachers into community builders. Anseye Pou Ayiti recruits, trains, and supports high-quality teachers where they are needed most.
Over the years there have been many stories told of Haiti, from conquest to coups; from corruption to catastrophe. Anseye Pou Ayiti is creating a new narrative of Haiti, one of a capable nation rebuilding itself; one of pride in culture, customs and community. And it all began with listening.
Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Nedgine Paul:
“I think language matters a ton.”
“What troubled me was that many of them had school end at sixth grade.”
“From that point forward, I’ve been trying to find the answer to that why.”
“You want to be a changemaker, you want to have an influence but you have to be informed.”
“Zip code does not determine destiny.”
“I joined the Partners in Health Team because I wanted to learn from a grassroots organization that had taken a very deep and local approach to building credibility and trust and maintaining longevity.”
“Every single voice matters and every single voice can answer the question of what is Haiti at its best?”
“I never thought I would be a social entrepreneur a few years ago.”
“We launched it in late 2014, but again, that was the culmination of 3 – 4 years of active conversations, active listening and active learning.”
“The lens of mediocrity and good enough has killed too many people in Haiti.”
“Everything has brought me back to the quality of the classroom teacher and making sure that that teacher sees their influence and their power as extending beyond the four walls of the classroom.”
“What is possible when we band together and have true roots in our culture, our customs and our community?”
“We believe that if you look inward, it helps a nation to push forward.”
“I would not have been able to launch Anseye Pou Ayiti without the help of Echoing Green.”
“We’re in the business of creating an entirely new narrative of Haiti and rooting leadership in collective action.”
“What you need is a community.”
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