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What You've Been Waiting to Know About CFFL!
Dear Friends,

     The year to date seems to have flown by with so much activity in both Cange and Corporant. Our beautiful building of the Centre de Formation Fritz Lafontant was finished and launched with no less than two openings, which were celebrated with overseas visitors, important local personages and the entire populace of Corporant and the new student body.
     The Administration and Teaching Faculty are in place and working hard with the challenge of setting up and running a new school. The atmosphere is one of excitement and anticipation and the 75 students now enrolled in our three disciplines of Agriculture, Construction and Woodworking are embracing the new systems and ways of learning with determination and enthusiasm.
     Of course none of this would have been possible without the incredible support of friends like you. We want you to know just how much we appreciate all you have done to bring this dream to a wonderful reality, and we wish to say a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to each and every one.  You are helping to make a difference in the lives of these students.
     We will endeavor to keep you up to date with all the activities at CFFL with newsletters and a new website, which is currently under construction as we want you to be able to follow the advancement of the college and its students, who owe the incredible opportunity to study at CFFL to your participation and support.
     While we are really proud of our school building and current facilities, they are only just a beginning in the big scheme of things, and we must continue to work towards fulfilling the larger plan for education in the Central Plateau. 
Our greatest hope is that you will come and visit CFFL and the farms of Zanmi Agrikol to see what you have helped to create, meet some of the staff and students and rejoice in the knowledge that you have been part of so much that has been done to advance the need for superior education in the Central Plateau. We hope you will continue to support this amazing project which is changing the lives of students and offering them the real possibility of a self-made and sustainable future. 
     Please enjoy our first newsletter and meet two of our students. There will be lots more to come, so remember to stay tuned!

Meet Andy 
Andy is 26 years old and resides in Mirebalais. Every morning he wakes up at 5 a.m., bathes in the river, eats breakfast, and catches a taxi motorcycle to school by 8:00 a.m.  Andy is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend CFFL. “CFFL is important because it gives us a quality education that we otherwise wouldn’t have. Before CFFL, I did not have any opportunities. I did not do anything." In ten years, Andy sees himself working as an “agronomist in the Central Plateau.” His favorite part of CFFL is the focus on social responsibility. "I love the Ethics course because it differentiates CFFL from other less holistic programs that only focus on the sciences." 

Meet LaMontagne  

LaMontagne is 21 years old and grew up in Cange, Haiti. She is one of only several female students at Centre de Formation Fritz Lafontant. “CFFL is important for females because it gives us access to education.” This is incredibly important given that only 2% of women in rural Haiti can access higher education (World Bank 2002). When asked her opinion on being in a class of mostly men, LaMontagne smiles. “I don’t mind it!”  She continues, “Without CFFL I would be in the streets of Cange.” In twenty years, she too sees herself working as an agronomist and supporting her family. “I love CFFL because it’s the biggest and best school in the Central Plateau. It helps young people, like me, study and earn a living.” 
 
About Us
CFFL is a technical school partnered with Zanmi Lasante and Zanmi Agrikol. Based on a farm in Corporant in the Central Plateau, this project began in partnership with our American friends in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and the Earth University of Costa Rica with the tasked objective of “innovation in agriculture and the construction of the region.” Our school currently has professional programs in Agronomy, Wood Working, and Engineering and there are plans to expand in the coming years. Our activites would not be possible without the continued generosity of our friend. Every donation directly benefits our students.
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The past few months have been incredibly busy in Corporant. We have had numerous professionals, specialists, volunteers, and interns come through our doors to share their technical expertise, passion, and service.
     
In mid-June, CFFL was visited by researchers from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who are providing technical assistance and training to our team of agronomists. Led by Drs. David Kissel and Leticia Solon, the group was able to train local agronomists over the week Joining them was Mr. Graham Huff, Director of League of Hope. League of Hope generously  donated the equipment for our soil lab and will continue to train and work with League of Hope to better understand the challanges and solutions to our climate. To learn more about their work Click Here
     
We also want to thank our volunteers from St. Andrews in Morehead City, North Carolina. Led by Father John and Mary Pollock, they painted cleaned, and organized for us. We appreciate all your hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm! We cannot wait to have you back here again!
 

News and Events
7/4

Debate: Poverty and Agriculture 

7/11
Debate: Political Systems in Haiti 

7/18
Debate: Roots of Poverty in Haiti 


7/25
Debate: MINUSTAH and the Future of Haiti

7/26
Final Exams Begin 

8/3
Summer Vacation Begins

10/2
Classes Resume 

    
The Agriculture Students are busy at work, taking advantage of all the great rains we've been having. Additionally, the students participated in four lively debates concerning agriculture, poverty, democracy, and development. These discussions are the first of many more to come and give our students an opportunity to reflect and consider how their work will lead to lasting solutions for Haiti. 

The 
Carpentry Students are currently learning about door frames, angles, and joints. We look forward to seeing their final product and will post pictures as they finish! 

In addition to the core curriculum, the Construction students are spending their time learning about buidling tools, how to frame support columns, and build in both block and rock. 


With the semester coming to an end, final exams are upon us. We will resume class in October. We wish our students a safe, relaxing vacation. 

 

 Thank you for you interest in CFFL. We are in the process of launching a website and look forward to sharing it with you in the future! 
 
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