Capacity Building in Haiti – LFA hired a team!

We’re proud to introduce you to the Library For All team in Port-au-Prince! Over the past few months, we have carefully hired a dynamic and diverse team of individuals to lead our effort in Haiti. This team is crucial Library For All’s day-to-day success in our 10 Haitian schools, and they will be responsible for helping us expand our reach across the country this year! Meet our all-star line up:

Jonathan LaMare joins us from an orphanage in rural Haiti, where he worked as an Operations Director for over two years. He serves as Library For All’s Haiti Operations Director, managing all implementation stakeholders on the ground. Jonathan graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. During his time at Tulane, he was able to spend three months working abroad in Kigali, Rwanda. His studies initially focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, but after spending time in both Rwanda and Haiti, he decided to shift his focus towards improving education.

Françoise Thybulle, joins us as our new Haiti Country Director, after retiring from 32 years as the Director of the Haitian National Library in Port-au-Prince. In her past role, she led the Librarian’s Association of the Caribbean. She also was a member of the Francophonie Association, and she traveled to all French-speaking countries across the world for various conferences. As a native Haitian with a dedicated career in library development, she will be instrumental in connecting and securing content licenses with local publishers. We are excited to see how she will expand our content collection on the Library For All platform (which is now houses over 1,200 titles!). Françoise graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in Library Science.

Rico Mondesir was the founding member of our Haiti team! He joined us last Fall as on part-time basis, but has recently committed to working extensively with Françoise and Jonathan. Rico serves as our Technology Officer/Trainer, as he benefits from years of experience working with a technological organization in Haiti. Previously, he graduated from the top engineering university in Haiti. Rico will be traveling to our schools to conduct tech trainings for the Library For All app, ensuring the best reading experience for students and teachers. He has already successfully conducted over 10 trainings, mostly to USAID reading camp teachers, since October 2014.

Please join us in welcoming these professionals to our team! With their support, we are excited to see what the future holds for students reading our content across Haiti. Their in-country support is imperative to our mission, and they will be operating from our brand new office, in Petionville, a suburb of Port au Prince.