Haitian Teachers Union Leaders Found Alive
by Tim Walker
As Haiti continues the slow, grueling process of digging out from under the strongest earthquake in more than 200 years, the Confédération National des Enseignants d’Haï (CNEH), the Haitian teachers union, reported some good news this week. Four of its leaders, including General Secretary Jean Lavaud Frederick and the deputy, Andre Jolibois have been confirmed to have survived the massive earthquake.
Lavaud and Jolibois are now in Port-au-Prince working to establish contact with members in and around the capital city. The CNEH building, along with many school buildings, was destroyed in the earthquake.
NEA is supporting CNEH with contributions to Education International’s Haiti Solidarity Fund. The resources will be used to support teachers and their families, support the resumption of schooling, and reestablish the CNEH education union services and office.
Checks supporting the Solidarity Fund can be made out to the National Education Association; which will be forwarded directly to EI for humanitarian assistance to CNEH. These can be sent to:
Haiti Earthquake Recovery
National Education Association
1201 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036