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December, 2005:

Vassar, The Alumnae/i Quarterly: Learning on Lagonav

The following article was published in the Winter 2005 issue of the Vassar Alumnae/i Quarterly

Learning on Lagonav

When Christine Low ’83 first visited the island of Lagonav, about 30 miles offshore from Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, there were only a few functioning private trucks on the island, several motorcycles, two public telephones, and no plumbing or paved roads. The island was (and remains) largely deforested, with severe water shortages hindering regrowth and agricultural production. Many of the island’s 110,000 residents either struggled to get by as subsistence farmers or were forced to relocate to the slums of Port-au-Prince to work in factories.

Christine Low '83

During the 10 years since that visit, Low has worked with community members to improve the opportunities and quality of life for the residents of Matènwa, one of Lagonav’s mountain communities, by expanding the educational resources for their children and providing a network of support for their families.

Please follow the link to read more about Matènwa and Chris’ contributions to education in this small community: Vassar, The Alumnae/i Quarterly: articles : Learning on Lagonav