"We want to support the people of Haiti in their effort to take control and ownership of the things we're doing so that these things can actually work and keep working in the long run."
"In the non-profit sector, from our perspective, one of our biggest challenges is evaluating whether anybody meets the objectives set forth in project proposals. We need to evaluate to make sure people are doing what needs to be done. If we don’t focus on the results of what we’re doing, then we’re not going to make progress."
"I’ve seen the devastating impact of poverty on health. So when investments are made in health programs or health infrastructure, what I see is not just a new hospital or health project, what I see is economic growth. If you invest in an area, you’ll see new homes, new supermarkets, new businesses and with proper urban planning you can have well-organized communities that are showing improvements in everything, including health. Investing in Health has a multiplier effect on the local economy that should be studied and amplified through public private partnerships."
"We need servant leaders that love the people enough to be in their shoes, understand the suffering, and dream for them, to dream what their lives could be like ten years hence, five years hence. The leadership today are firemen extinguishing fires. We need a long-term vision of what our country can become. While the citizenry does have a responsibility to take matters into their own hands, they still need to be led, and they need visionaries to lead them – visionaries who have the ability to see better days ahead."
"I think the issues of our system just make us stronger. We don’t have electricity, we use candles to study, we don’t have good food – so when we get into a system that does provide us with those needs [such as Dartmouth College, where Daphnee studied in 2010], we shine. Now, you ask how I see myself as an agent of change. How do I see myself in this role? I think the environment is a main issue. We can build all the schools we want. We can build the hospitals, all the banks, but if we don’t address the environment, we’ll just need to start over again and again. We have children born every day who will depend on the environment in the future. It’s complex, it’s political, but we need to deal with this."
"What I have seen is that the experience Dartmouth faculty and students have had in Haiti is one that allows them to gain a greater appreciation of the challenges that are faced on a global level by people, in all areas of life. Haiti being the poorest economy in the Western hemisphere is an extreme example of those challenges. It’s so easy for us, especially in a place like Dartmouth which is such an isolated, rural environment, to get caught up in our own world, and think our problems are really extraordinary. But when you have the experience to go to a place like Haiti and see how much people do with the few resource they have, it makes you think really hard about the extraordinary advantages we have here, and the responsibility that comes with that."
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