My Friend Carlos


Carlos is studying to be a medical doctor in Haiti.  He has completed his academic studies and is now doing his intern rotations.   This is what gives me hope for Haiti.  That a young man would overcome huge obstacles to pursue higher education and become a doctor is truly inspiring.

It is particularly remarkable in a country where half the children don’t attend school of any kind and few graduate from high school.  Reaching this achievement is a testament to his hard work and to the dedication of his family to support him and provide opportunity. 

His parents live in the Ecovillages.  He is the oldest of 6 children.  His father is a truck driver and a farmer.  His mother works at the Ecovillage school that we helped to build.  All of the children in the family attend, or have attended school, but there is only enough money to send one child to university.  Even that is a struggle

Carlos aspires to specialize in public health, infectiology or hospital administration.  He dreams of creating an organization to do mobile clinics every 3 to 6 months in areas where people do not have access to health care.  He also loves to teach and would like to open a permanent clinic someday where he can promote healthy practices in children.

His family had a lot of material loss after the earthquake in 2010.  Moving to the Ecovillages gave them a fresh start.

I have been corresponding regularly with Carlos.  He keeps us up to date with news from the Ecovillages and of the school.  He says our email exchanges are a good opportunity to expand his English vocabulary.

In 2011, he was baptized in a church in the city of Lascahobas.  One of his favorite Bible verses is “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the LORD Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " - Acts 20:35 35

-         Submitted by C. Calia

Carlos with his parents

Carlos with his parents

Visiting his family in Village 4

Visiting his family in Village 4