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JUNE 2013


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Senator Jeff Clemens

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A Note from HATT’s Founder

Dear Friends, I am writing to you on behalf of the Haitian American Tree Trust (HATT) a not for profit, nongovernmental organization that works on behalf of the Haitian people and assists them in bettering the quality of their lives, especially in the wake of the catastrophic year of 2010, when earthquake, hurricane and epidemics ravaged Haiti. I founded HATT in 2010, and today it comprises an impressive and eclectic band of volunteer visionaries, both Americans and Haitian-Americans, drawn from the fields of engineering, city planning, religion, law, politics, sports and medicine. Coming together, we have dedicated ourselves to providing viable community based solutions to many of Haiti’s distressing problems. After much careful study we have concluded there is an overlooked problem in Haiti that causes many calamities. That problem is the intensive deforestation of Haiti. The destruction of the forests eliminated a once plentiful renewable food source, and made the country highly vulnerable to the effects of earthquakes or hurricanes. In addition the absence of forest cover contributes to the poor quality of the water supply. Drinking contaminated water is a major cause of death in Haiti especially, among children. Therefore HATT is dedicated to the following goals: 1. The reforestation of Haiti’s landscape with tropical fruit bearing trees. 2. The provision of clean water through rain water harvesting technologies, filtration systems,

deep well digging and the construction of water treatment facilities. 3. The research and provision of replenish-able fuels in order to protect the forests against overharvesting for firewood and charcoal. 4. The education of Haitian People, both rural and urban, concerning the care and custodianship of the ecosystem, and to encourage a spiritual revolution towards HOPE, LIFE and ETERNITY! HATT’s initiatives offer a “value intensive” way of allocating philanthropic support. It takes relatively little money to plant a grove of trees, or built a rainwater harvesting reservoir, yet the benefit and impact of these initiatives on people’s lives is immeasurable. All the more, when we educate the people about how to care for trees and insure clean water, the benefit arising out of a few initial investments of funding, will continue to grow over time without limit! It is my hope that your foundation will see the merits of our efforts on behalf of the Haitian people, who despite their tumultuous history and the recent tragedies, maintain an optimistic, altruistic and spirit motivated attitude towards life. They desperately want to help themselves strive towards a better life. They just need a good base from which to start. I invite you to visit our web site for additional information. Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain, Sincerely Yours, Quetel Osterval, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAITIAN AMERICAN TREE TRUST


Table of Contents

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A Note from HATT’S Founder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 HATT New is Here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Healthy Food, Green Trees & Clean Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Senator Clemens Supports HATT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Earthquake That Changed Everything. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 HATT Founder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 HATT Board Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 HATT Pastoral Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 HATT Staff Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 17, 19 HATT Team Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Life as The Polo Kid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 First HATT Water Project Trip 2012. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 HATT Nord’ Ouest Water Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 HATT Intends to Build Water Plants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Jewish Community Endorses HATT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Jean Baptiste DuSable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 C’est quoi le diabéte?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Diabetic Nutrition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Family Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Golf With HATT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ronde des Enfants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Diabetic Pills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Importance of Diabetic Nutrition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Florida State Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Haitian President Michel Martelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Haitian Students Financial Fears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Young Haitian in Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 HATT Introduces “The SEA Program”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Fact About Diabetes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 HATT Health Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 HATT Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 HATT Donation Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 HATT Volunteer Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 HATT Sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

HATT news is here! Welcome dear HATT readers: The anticipation has been worth the wait as the HATT Magazine makes its debut today, Tuesday June 4, 2013 at the Convention Center, in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach, Florida! Our team at the HATT Foundation Inc., is so excited and honored that you took time out of your busy schedules, to come here today, to learn about and support our project. We welcome our readers of all ages, from elementary school, middle school, high school, colleges, universities, corporate America, rural America and beyond. Everyone is a welcome reader! HATT, The Haitian-American Tree Trust welcomes everyone with open arms and open hearts. At the same time we also encourage and invite everyone to follow the HATT Foundation here in America and globally, to stay up to date with what is being accomplished to help Haiti and the Haitian people. HATT is a nongovernmental, 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation whose mission is to facilitate the well-being of the Haitian people through the reforestation of their natural ecosystem and educating them on how to care and maintain the ecosystem. This will result in Health, Happiness and Spiritual Awakening. For the Haitian people, the life sustaining forests embody Divine Love for Humanity. HATT believes that the reforestation of the forests holds the key to promoting the values basic to Haitian Family Life, Culture and Society, including the HOPE for LIFE in ETERNITY. If you are already a HATT follower, you will want to know how the story continues as we make progress. If you are just finding out what HATT is up to, this magazine will get you on board and up to date. As a valuable HATT

Magazine reader, HATT needs you to spread the good news and share the vision, to increase the awareness to the world, person by person. Whether you are a stay at home mom or dad, a small family business owner or a CEO of a major corporation, a financial service institution or a senator from the governmental sector, we need everyone’s help, because you represent every aspect of the global economy. You can help us make the difference in so many lives. You, the people are the power to help us get things accomplished, so HATT Founder, Quetel Osterval together we can change lives. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or how old you are, you can help plant a tree and provide clean water. It is that SIMPLE! It only costs $5 to plant a tree. Even our children can plant a tree to help make a difference in the life of a child in Haiti. How cool is that! It is about people caring for people. Take the initiative and go to our website and donate today! As Founder of The Haitian American Tree Trust (HATT) I look forward to working with everyone to provide Hope, Life & Eternity to the Haitian people. Quetel Osterval FOUNDER


Healthy Food, Green Trees & Clean Water With the proper care, HATT’s trees will produce fruit as well as trees for individuals and professionally managed orchards. HATT Foundation will provide different fruit species that have been developed and improved over the years to offer both a quality appearance and delicious taste to benefit the Haitian population. The trees’ fruit will be used for cooking, baking and eating fresh off of the tree. Everyone will attest to the superior taste of tree-ripened fruit.


Besides planting and growing one or more species of our fruit trees, growers and admirers will also experience some of the most spectacular springtime flowering exhibitions in the plant world. HATT’s fruit trees will provide shade, food and visual enjoyment for many years to come, giving Haitian children hope. Fruit tree species tend to live a long life and will provide nutritious fruit as well as bountiful gardens for future generations.

Senator Jeff Clemens supports the work of HATT in reforesting Haiti. Jeff Clemens was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2012 to a four-year term. He previously served Lake Worth, West Palm, and other cities in the Florida House from 2010-2012. At that time, he made his name fighting for the working people of Florida by supporting teachers firefighters, police offices and other public servants. Both as a State Legislator and as Mayor, Senator Clemens has worked closely with the Haitian-American community to better foster understanding and cooperation. He has consistently lobbied for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for those Haitians who have sought help in the United States. In 2008, then-Mayor Clemens traveled to Haiti with other elected officials to bring food and medicine to the people of St. Marc. Lake Worth has a large Haitian-American population and during Mr. Clemens’ time as Mayor, the city established

an official Sister City relationship with St. Marc. In addition to sharing informational resources, the City of Lake Worth also donated a city fire truck to be transported to St. Marc for that city government’s use. Since that time, Sen. Clemens has been a vocal supported of the Haitian-American community and relations with the country of Haiti. He has also supported the local Haitian-American community and is supportive of the concept of developing a community cultural center that allows that community to gather, exchange cultural ideas and traditions, and help the children of the community.

Senator Jeff Clemens State Senator, District 27 Office: 508C Lake Avenue, Lake Worth



The Earthquake That Changed EVERYTHING!

On January 12, 2010, the world’s most devastating earthquake had a catastrophic effect on the lives of the Haitian people and they have been able to recover since. In 37 seconds, this world record breaking earthquake killed nearly 300,000 human beings; families were shattered, crops


were lost and livestock either scattered or perished. Then, on October 22, 2010, cholera rapidly spread through the refugee camps creating panic and a sense of utmost despair. Soon this epidemic crept into the nation’s capital Portau-Prince, further crippling and killing

thousands. Not withstanding the effect of the devastating earthquake and the cholera epidemic, on November 5, 2010 Hurricane “Tomas” struck Haiti hard destroying most of the remaining vegetation throughout vast regions of the country. All of these events, befalling one of the poorest CHOLERA BACTERIA countries on the globe, resulted in a chronic shortage of replenishable food sources and one of the staples of the Haitian diet, tropical fruits. Thus, the Haitian American Tree Trust, HATT was established to help replenish lost vegetation. HATT’s goal is to plant 300,000 fruit trees in Haiti. In order to start the process, 10 species of fruit trees are needed immediately. We need your help to reforest Haiti and create food resources for the people. These fruit trees will not only help reforest the country but will also empower the people to help themselves in many ways. This

charitable act will affirm hope and faith in the Haitian people. It will produce fruit for consumption, increase the Haitian people’s faith and give them a sense of hope, stability and responsibility for their family, community and country.

The trees will be planted in 9 regions throughout the country, in people’s yards for nurturing and tendering. Moreover, the Haitian people will be instructed and educated on the importance of the reforestation of Haiti for long term growth.


HATT Founder Quetel Osterval

HATT FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Engineer/Entrepreneur Quetel Osterval, born on February 14, 1969, in Saint Marc, Haiti, began to show interest in Airplanes design at the age of 11. Through technological innovation, keen Engineer/business strategist, and aggressive competitive tactics, he and his older Brother Marc decided to build a hydro-Electro power water filter system, CALLED CAPTURED ALL. In the process, Quetel and his brother Marc became two of the best men needed in the Island of Haiti. Quetel Osterval grew up in an upper class family in Haiti with eleven brothers and sisters: Kettie, who is older and Wilnique, who is the youngest. Their father, Joseph Osterval, Sr., was a promising, if somewhat though, Agronomy student when he met his future wife, Marie Therese Daniel. She was an athletic and a great cook, outgoing student at the Faculty of Saint Marc Academics, actively involved in student affairs and leadership. The Osterval family atmosphere was warm and close, and all eleven children were encouraged to be competitive and strive for excellence. Quetel showed early signs of competitiveness when he coordinated the 1986 $1.3 million water filters with 65 Class mates with his high school students at the age of 16. He also relished in playing soccer (Risk was his favorite) and excelled in calculus. Quetel had a very close relationship with his mother and father, Kettie, who after a brief career as a teacher devoted her time to helping raise the children and working on civic affairs and with charities. She also served on several corporate boards, among them BUILD-A-WAY-OUT FOR ALL HAITIANS (founded by our grandfather who ran Haiti for 14 years), the HCDF and CDF,. She would often take Quetel along on her volunteer work in schools and community organizations around Haiti and around the world. Quetel was a voracious reader as a child, spending many hours pouring over reference books such as the encyclopedia. Around the age of 11 or 14, Quetel’s parents began to have concerns about his behavior. He was doing well in school, but he seemed bored and withdrawn at times. His parents worried he might become a recluse. Though they were strong believers in private school education, when Quetel turned 14 they enrolled him in all advance classes, an exclusive preparatory school. He blossomed in nearly all his subjects, excelling in math and world literature, but also doing very well in American politics literature and American built to last.


HATT Board Members

Joseph s. Kroll HATT CHAIR

Mr. Kroll received his MPA from Barry University. He has worked in the public sector for 23 years in a variety of different responsible capacities; Mayor, Administrator, Director of Public Services and an Emergency Manager all for different cities, towns and state agencies. Recently Mr. Kroll took on a challenging position with a private construction firm as the Director of Government Services, a liaison between Government and the private sector. Mr. Kroll has a passion for helping people in need; he thrives on being faced with difficult problems and to be involved in the solution. When the opportunity came to be involved with the HATT Foundation, when he heard the organization was focusing on planting trees and creating sustainable ponds to provide clean water for Haiti, Mr. Kroll jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this great cause. Mr. Kroll is now the Chairman of this organization. With his many years of experience in the public sector coupled with his Administration background, he feels that his contribution to this cause will be exciting and fulfilling.


HATT Board Member Bazelais T. Duguaran HATT VICE PRESIDENT


Bazelais T. Duguaran was born on January 5, 1968 in Belladere, Haiti and raised in the capital city, Port-au Prince. Bazelais is married to Aline Duguaran. They have five children. The oldest is in college, the second child is in high school and the three youngest are in elementary school. Bazelais is blessed with an amazing voice and he serves in a vibrant music ministry that touches the lives of over 500,000 followers. Bazelais Duguaran is no stranger to both the pain of this world and the comfort that comes from the Lord. He was abandoned in infancy by his biological parents, yet by God’s grace and providence he was rescued from a life of squalid misery by a warmhearted adoptive mother and father who made him part of their Christian family. His new family was both strict and fair. With the church at the center of their lives, Bazelais’ new parents saw to it that their children were well versed in the Christian faith from their earliest years. Despite his background, Bazelais had no difficulty adjusting to a religiously devout environment. In fact, he thrived in the spiritually charged atmosphere of the church and displayed early on his prodigious musical gifts. Bazelais’ aunt became convinced that her nephew was chosen to serve the Lord through song and that he possessed what she called an “artistic anointing from on High!” Bazelais’ devoted aunt collected and sold rice, beans and fresh fruits along with other items to raise money for his voice lessons. Bazelais began his musical training when he was only five. Bazelais’ singular singing style has never failed to bring a manifestation the Lord’s presence. He began his career with simplicity and humility, inspiring the community in the church of his childhood. As his talents unfolded he evoked the faith learned from his own life story and made it a prelude for his new compositions. At the age of 15 he gave his first appearance in a large congregation, presenting his spoken lyrics song “The Story of Giving Hope.” He sang alongside the angelic sounds of the Haitian Voice Choir on the sublime interlude “Never Put God Last.” In the capital city of Portau-Prince he sang “Before Jesus Returns,” electrifying the crowd with that song’s infectious rhythms and harmonies. He completed the services with the heartwarming hymn of blessed reassurance “But Be Strong.” Bazelais continues to sing deep, heartfelt songs like “Today’s Difficulties.” With his unique energy he helps souls become purified through God’s amazing grace by singing “Everybody Can Be Better.” Today Mr. Duguaran serves an ever widening community, to whom he imparts the legacy of HOPE* LIFE* ETERNITY, while reaching out to all Haitians around the world. Mr. Duguaran wholeheartedly believes that the restoration of the forests holds the key to promoting the values basic to Haitian Family Life, Culture and Society.

HATT Board Members Chris Waller



Jacquelyn Pompilus HATT BOARD MEMBER Registered Nurse, BSN

Charlie Crist HATT HONORARY BOARD MEMBER Former 44th Governor of Florida. Prior to his election as governor he served as Florida State Senator, Education Commissioner and Attorney General


HATT Pastoral Network

Raymond Benjamin HATT LEAD PASTOR The Family Church

Pastor Benjamin & his wife Yolene Benjamin .

In 2004, he left Haiti from University of Port au Prince to the United States to help organize the Haitian community with the idea of creating Hope, Life, Eternity. First he established himself in a local church called Morija, located in Lake Worth, Florida in 2004. His wife Yolene S. Benjamin received at the University of Diquini Port-au-Prince Haiti a bachelor degree as a RN, BSN and started at Homewood in Delray Beach, Florida in an Assisted Living community to help people recover from their surgeries and other illnesses. Raymond and his wife Yolene Benjamin are an icon for the Haitian community, and also grew up in the church community. Mr. Raymond Benjamin was recruited by the Vice President of HATT and excepted the position of the Lead Pastor for the organization, where his first task from the Vice President is to put a pastoral networking together, to bring all the pastors together for the same common interest; which can be seen in 85 percent of the Haitian households and schools. He is a very task driven pastor, even though he had no family in the United States or any money, he was devoted to give himself for this great cause HOPE* LIFE* ETERNITY as did his father Mattieu Benjamin with the goal of providing “HOPE* LIFE* ETERNITY” for rebuilding the Haitian community around the world.” Son: Raymond Benjamin Jr. born 1998 & daughter: Phoebee Y. Benjamin, born 2001 Personal Quotes “If you believe in togetherness, you’re already a champion”. “If it seems difficult, then you know for sure that you are making progress”. Where Are They Now (January 13, 2013) launched his program, “The Pastoral Networking Concept”: to provide a way out for all Haitian churches or to improve the lives of all Haitian churches.


Jean Robert Jean CHAIR OF HATT PASTORAL NETWORK Eglise Morija de L’Alliance Pastor Jean Robert Jean & his wife Fernande

Clifford Menardy

HATT VICE CHAIR OF PASTORAL NETWORK Church of God of Prophecy of Delray

Fonbrun B. Jean Francois

HATT BOARD MEMBER PASTORAL NETWORK Freres-UNIS Baptist Church Pastor Benjamin B. Jean Francois & his wife Marie Maude

Jean-Harry Caleb Ostagne HATT BOARD MEMBER PASTORAL NETWORK Eglise Evangelique Slhecana Pastor Jean-Harry Caleb Ostange & his wife Margareth


HATT Pastoral Network Pastor Morvan Pierre HATT MEMBER OF PASTORAL NETWORK Apostle Christian Church

Pastor Morvan Pierre & Wife Maire Suze

Pastor Marc Joseph HATT MEMBER OF PASTORAL NETWORK First Church of God by Faith International, Inc.

Pastor March Joseph & wife Marie L. Joseph

Pastor Chevelon Elesner HATT MEMBER OF PASTORAL NETWORK Bethlerm Baptist Church


HATT Team Member Japhe Jean Claude

Pastor Japhe Jean Claude & wife Kerline


I want to seize this moment to thank the “Haitian American Tree Trust” Organization (HATT) for giving me the opportunity to share a part of my ministry life with all of you. I hope this will be an encouragement as you embark on your journey. The key to my story is that God chose me and appointed me so that I go and bare fruit that will last. My mother has explained to me that before she even dated my dad, she prayed for God to give her a son whom she would dedicate to God as servant and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Though I grew up in a Christian family where all the members were born again believers, the idea of me becoming a pastor was never my dream. It was simply my mother’s. I was eleven years old when Jesus Christ called me to Him. After my conversion, I always played a role in the church involving God’s work and helping at whatever capacity I could, which is by the way the responsibility of all of us, once we are saved. In 1984 I started seeing the manifestation of God’s calling upon my life. I could not fully understand it then because it was a time where nature seemed to turn its back on me. All of my dreams seemed to sink under unreachable water. It was a devastating time when I was emotionally very low. I did not have anyone to turn to and no place to go. I woke up every day and watched while other kids went to school as I carried a pick and a hoe over my shoulder as I walked to the fields with my father. In fact my father led me to believe that I would never amount to anything unless I worked in the fields with him. God made provisions for me. On the first day of the year 1991 I was given a verse to read that changed my life. That verse was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I Know the Plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Ever since then, the Spirit of God started revealing Himself to me as if it was a face to face conversation. That same year, a group of American Missionaries came to Haiti. The Head Pastor of that group offered me to lead a church project that they would undertake in the South Region of Haiti, which was near my home town. It was an offer I turned down because I thought I was too inexperienced for such a venture, especially since I had not attended any Bible college yet. The point I really missed was “God equips those He calls”. I rebelled and sought other avenues trying to do other things from which I was never satisfied. I was even given a scholarship to study theology in Canada. I grabbed that opportunity but with no intention to put it to work. All I can say to you my friend is that if God calls you to do something, do not postpone what He calls you to do. I realized I was on the leash of my master – whenever I tried to go a different direction, my master simply pulled me back to Him. HATT is the blessing I’ve been seeking. PAGE 16

HATT Staff Members Aline S Duguaran HATT ADMINISTRATOR Aline Duguaran is a woman of strength and character, splendor and magnetism who has reached the ordinary people at every level in the world we live in. The story of Aline’s life is both amazing and instructive, illustrating the power of hard work and determination in a society who seems very complex. Although Mrs. Duguaran’s ancestry is not replete within the encyclopedia with a high degree of education, or vast wealth, her talent was discovered by a friend whose the founder of HATT, Mr. Osterval. Her childhood was certainly sheltered by her mother and father. Her parents thought her the importance of family value. With that, she was able to succeed in every project that was put before her. Her family values and virtues made Aline highly respected in the Haitian community and society. Aline began her career at the US Postal Service by doing administrative work her first seven years. Her responsibility was to associate zip codes for route accuracy. Aline attended a few workshops at HATT organization on how to plant fruit trees and provide clean water to third world countries. She completed the workshop and decided to become the Administrative Director for HATT.

HATT Team Members

Maudeline Jean Claude HATT FOCUS GROUP CHAIR

HATT focus group is a form of qualitative research in which a group of professionals are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards our product philosophy, our idea of services, HATT’s ultimate premiere concept, advertisement, idea, or packaging on how to recruit potential leaders. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members. PAGE 17

HATT Team Members Myrna Moussignac HATT PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR FOR MIAMI Myrna Moussignac born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on January 13, 1962. She was raised in a family of five, two brothers and 2 sisters, where Ms. Moussignac was the oldest. She left Haiti in 1984 to attend college in Chicago, Illinois, where she obtained an Associate degree in Accounting. She also studied interior decoration in Puerto/Rico in 1989 and in 1991 studied public relations at Darden University in Virginia, obtaining a Bachelor Degree. Ms. Moussignac is a former Consul General for the Haitian Government in the Bahamas. She has worked with the Haitian Government for 10 years, both locally and internationally. Ms. Moussignac, also worked as a Coordinator for the Joint Task Force Mission, of US Marines in Haiti. Along with her service in Government she is also proud being a seasoned world Traveler, traveling to Europe, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Bolivia, Chile and Curacao to name a few.

Samantha Loomis HATT EXECUTIVE FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR FOR MIAMI Samantha Loomis, born and raised in Boston Massachusetts later moved to Miami, FL where she pursued her college degree at the University of Miami. Through her internship with the New England Patriots in 2006, she learned her vast skill in marketing and communications. After university, Samantha opened her company “Samantha Jaclyn Management” representing fashion designers to wholesalers and retailers, as well as marketing and managing their lines. Today, Samantha is running her company as well as getting ready to launch “”, an online boutique and fashion blog. Samantha has always had a passion for helping others in need. She spent a long time getting to know a Haitian family, and grew to love them but most importantly, their culture. When Ms. Loomis was introduced to HATT, she immediately fell in love with not just everybody involved, but the true cause and purpose of their mission.


HATT Staff Members


Kathrine Kellie Torres was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. At the age of ten, the principal of her elementary school discovered that Kathrine had a talent for gymnastics. The Principal invited her to join the local gymnastics club, where she excelled. Over the next ten years Kathrine competed as an elite gymnast. She won top honors in her state and was chosen for the National Canadian Gymnastic Team. Kathrine also grew up around horses, becoming an excellent rider who often playing polo with her grandfather, at the Calgary Polo Club. Eventually, Kathrine’s grandfather headed south to sunny California where he helped found the Eldorado Polo Club, near Palm Springs. Kathrine spent many of her winters in California improving her polo skills. She fell in love with California and remained, residing in Santa Barbara, CA. Over the past 30 years, Kathrine Torres, known by her friends as Kelita, has been involved in the international lifestyle of the horse and polo world, where she moves in the most prestigious circles. Not only does she play polo herself, her two sons, Santiago and Miguel Jr., have become top professional polo players in the United States, particularly on account of their youth and agility. According to Kathrine, life is about realizing what your passion is and trusting your heart to be naturally where your treasure is. A little over five years ago, the Torres family came to Florida so the boys Santiago and Miguel Jr. could take their careers to a new level. Kathrine fell in love with the Florida lifestyle and decided to stay. In 2012, she was introduced to HATT. The story of the Haitian people and their struggles against adversity caught Kathrine’s attention and touched her heart. Kathrine accepted the position of the Fundraising Director for HATT. She wants everyone to understand that the people of Haiti have suffered far too long, and that they need our help now. She is totally convinced that she must be a part of this great undertaking, to help the Haitian people achieve HOPE, LIFE and ETERNITY. PAGE 19

Life as the Polo Kid

Santiago age 8

Santiago Thomas Torres was born in Santa Barbara, California on October 6th, 1993. His older brother Miguelito (Miguel Jr.) eagerly awaited his arrival, along with the rest of the family and friends. Home for the two brothers was just south of Santa Barbara, in the quaint little beach town of Carpinteria, where they grew up like any other kid would, with the exception of having both parents involved in the international world of horses and polo. Their mother, Kathrine grew up playing polo in Canada and California and their father Miguel Sr. was a professional polo player from Argentina. So it was normal for the two brothers to learn how to ride a horse. Kathrine’s mother Jane had taught her how to ride at the age of 3, so it was only natural for Kathrine to also teach her sons how to ride at the age of 3. Sure there were some bumps and bruises along the way, but riding came easy to the brothers. They were blessed with the natural ability and talent at an early age. The years followed with going to school, doing their chores and working their horses every day. The rule around the barn was no work, no play. Even though the family had a herd of horses on the farm, they had to earn the opportunity to play polo, it was not something just given to them. The sport of polo, taking care of daily operations in the barn and on the farm along with exercising the horses, is a full time job, seven

Santiago today at age 19


Santiago Thomas Torres was born in Santa Barbara, California on October 6th, 1993. His older brother Miguelito (Miguel Jr.) eagerly awaited his arrival, along with the rest of the family and friends. Home for the two brothers was just south of Santa Barbara, in the quaint little beach town of Carpinteria, where they grew up like any other kid would, with the exception of having both parents involved in the international world of horses and polo. Their mother, Kathrine grew up playing polo in Canada and California and their father Miguel Sr. was a professional polo player from Argentina. So it was normal for the two brothers to learn how to ride a horse. Kathrine’s mother Jane had taught her how to ride at the age of 3, so it was only natural for Kathrine to also teach her sons how to ride at the age of 3. Sure there were some bumps and bruises along the way, but riding came easy to the brothers. They were blessed with the natural ability and talent at an early age. The years followed with going to school, doing their chores and working their horses every day. The rule around the barn was no work, no play. Even though the family had a herd of horses on the farm, they had to earn the opportunity to play polo, it was not something just given to them. The sport of polo, taking care of daily operations in the barn and on the farm along with exercising the horses, is a full time job, seven days a week, year round, not to mention very costly. For some people polo is a hobby, but for the Torres family, it is a business. The brothers learned from any early age the work ethic and discipline it would take to become a top polo player. Like any professional sport, the competition is tough and challenging at best. For Kathrine and her sons, the daily routine was going to school, going to the barn, going home to do homework, eat, shower and go to bed. Kathrine also made sure that the boys did other sports like soccer, but it didn’t take long before polo was the main focus. Next step was PAGE21 1. PAGE

pee-wee polo. Kathrine lovingly taught her sons how to ride and now it was time for her to teach them how to play polo. Pee-wee polo starts with leading the kids on their horses, at a slow walk, to the ball hoping they can hit it. When they feel confident, the lead rope comes off the halter, and they walk to the ball on their horses, by themselves. Next, they learn to trot on their horse to hit the ball and then they learn to canter or gallop to the ball. It didn’t take long for the brothers to reach each milestone and have been galloping ever since. In fact they were flying on horseback on the polo field, before they could even drive a car. By the time Miguelito was 12 and Santiago was 8, they excelled quickly, winning junior polo tournaments on a regular basis, best playing pony awards and MVP, most valuable player. It was at the age of 8 that Santiago looked at Kathrine and said that one day he was going to be one of the best polo players in the world. She always admires both sons equally, but this day was the day she saw an 8 year old know exactly who he was and what he wanted to accomplish. Some people struggle through life and possibly don’t realize what their passion is until later in life and here was this 8 year old telling his mother what his goal was, with all the confidence in the world. When pee-wee polo no longer served its purpose, Kathrine, Miguelito, Santiago and an older family friend named Dempsey, started to play the next level of polo. Kathrine remembers fondly how it was 2 young kids, a middle aged woman and an old man. Most would view that as a piece of cake to beat us, little did they know. One should never under estimate the power of teamwork, ability and age, as the team went on to win over and over again. By the young age of 14 Miguelito became a professional polo player and at the even younger age of 11, Santiago followed in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 11, Santiago was awarded by The United States Polo Association (the USPA), a trophy for being the youngest player ever to play 26 goal polo. A few years later he became known as the polo kid. Since then there has been some tournaments lost, but the majority of them won, for both brothers. Since then the 2 brothers have traveled all over the US and to Argentina to compete in different levels of polo. In 1996, their father had won the prestigious Pacific Coast Open in Santa Barbara, California, Miguelito won it in

2004 and Santiago won it in 2012. Sadly, the boys’ father Miguel Sr. would never see that milestone. In 2007, he lost his battle against brain cancer, leaving his sons to carry on the tradition of polo in his memory. On a happier note, Santiago was a homegrown kid making it big in the polo community he was raised in. Since then the two brothers have also won the East Coast Open together and travel to Argentina to play polo in the fall season. Miguelito is now 24 years old and is currently rated at 3 goals. Santiago is now 19 years old and is currently rated 6 goals. They are accomplished horsemen, are respected by their peers as good sportsmen and are regarded as gentlemen on and off the field. To just give you an idea, the USPA gives everyone a rating to correspond with the level of polo they play, their ability, the tournaments they have won, the quality of their horses, sportsmanship, and horsemanship. The rating or handicap scale starts at a -2 for beginners to a -1 to a zero, which is where most players are at. Then the handicap goes from a 1 up to a 10, with a 10 handicap being the best in the world. Santiago stands out in the fact that he is very young to already be rated at 6 goals. To explain further, each polo team has 4 players and the level of polo played is based on the total sum of the 4 player’s handicaps. This 2013 winter season here in Wellington, Florida at the International Polo Club, has been a very memorable one for Santiago. It started with playing with team Valiente winning at the 20 goal level and him receiving the MVP award for Sunday polo. Next, Team Valiente went on to play 26 goal polo and went undefeated to win the Piaget Gold Cup with Santiago being awarded for MVP twice, once during the tournament for Sunday polo and for the second time, in the finals. To round off the 26 goal season, Team Valiente again went into the United PAGE 22

First HATT Water Project Trip MARCH 2012

HATT’s was awarded 25 acres in the Nord’Ouest area to build a water plant that serve the entire region of 488,500 people with clean drinking water. The cost of the plant building construction cost is $250,000. The water equipment is an additional $190,000 and the monthly maintenance is $4,700. We need your contribution today! See how you can help by going to


HATT is providing these Haitian children with fruit trees for food and creating clean filtration water to drink while attending school. Before they had none. We need your help today to provide HOPE, LIFE & ETERNITY!

This is how people now have the resources to find water to drink and cook. Imagine for a moment you were in that situation. That’s the reason we’re calling on you to help provide clean drinking water to all the Haitian people. Right now cholera is the leading death in Haiti. It’s a water based germ disease. Please help today! PAGE 24

Nord’ Ouest Water Project We need to immediately provide clean water for the 488,500 people in this department. Nord’ Ouest Nord Nord’ Est

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HATT Foundation Intends To Build 9 Water Plants

In addition HATT Foundation is introducing sanitary waste water systems for the first time. Many of the rivers and lakes in Haiti are polluted and cholera is killing thousands of Haitians. People are getting sick from their only water source. Without the availability of large water cleaning systems the Haitians are forced to continue suffering from the usage of polluted water. Even boiling water before using it does not always remove the bacteria, metals and other pollutants to make it fully potable. Haiti needs to have clean water-by-water filtering systems. Many Haitians do not have

filtered water systems near their home. They live in very poor conditions under a government that historically has not provided water systems for clean drinking water, nor waste water for sewage systems. Over 70% of Haiti is still like this. We who live in the United States and other parts of the advanced Western World fail to understand this. Haitian American Tree Trust, HATT Foundation intends to build 9 Water Plants, complete with water filtration and waste water treatment systems for the poorest people of Haiti.


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Why the Jewish people from Israel are endorsing HATT. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA JEWISH COMMUNITY. Since founding HATT in 2010, I have met many wonderful and warm hearted people, who have contributed to our cause both monetarily and by volunteering. HATT is a faith driven organization, with both a practical plan and a spiritual vision. The Haitian people are overwhelmingly Christian, so it comes as no surprise that Christian organizations have joined together with us. For this we are every thankful and Praise God. On an individual basis, many non-Christians, such as Muslims, Buddhists and committed Humanitarians have made generous contributions. HATT cherishes and acknowledges the importance of all the assistance we

receive, especially when it comes from the heart! Yet there is one non-Christian faith community whose outpouring of support and concern has been truly overwhelming; the Jewish community of South Florida. Not only have prominent members of the Jewish faith contributed as individuals, entire congregations have seen fit to sponsor HATT activities and assist us in reaching Continued on page 29

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Continued from page 28 our goals. I did not expect this kind of generosity and concern. We at HATT are deeply thankful. Perhaps I should not have been surprised. After all the Haitian and the Jews have some common history. Both our peoples were born out of the rebellion against slavery, informed by the conviction that the Almighty alone determines the destiny of human beings who bear the Divine Image. Like many peoples who have struggled for liberation over the centuries, the Haitians drew support and encouragement from the Hebrew Scriptures. Not everyone has seen explicit miracles like the Israelites leaving Egypt, but all Haitians sense the hand of God bringing us to our promised land, our Beloved Haiti, which will one day be green, safe, prosperous and filled with the Holy Spirit! The Hebrew Scriptures also teach us the value of Patience. With all the Divine help the Israelites transition from Slavery to freedom was long and arduous. The Israelites struggled against external enemies as well as internal psychological weaknesses and temptations. The inner struggle was by far the more difficult. The Holy Spirit, speaking through scripture, did not depict the Israelites as super human heroes (as we would expect ancient near eastern texts to do.) Rather it depicted the Israelites and their struggles honestly, so all the newly liberated peoples of the world would know that authentic freedom takes time to achieve. Even after the Israelites entered the Promised Land it took over 400 years before the Divine Presence could appear in Jerusalem. We, the Haitian People are currently in our days of tribulation, but there is no doubt about our final destination! Because of our identification with the Israelites, Haiti tried as much as possible to assist the Jewish People. Haiti opened its doors to Jews fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, and provided a refuge to those who were able to make it there. PAGE 29

When the United Nations voted to recognize the nascent State of Israel in 1948, Haiti voted “yes.” To this day Israel maintains an honorary consulate in Port-au-Prince. Israel has also stood with Haiti in its darkest hour. Within a day after the terrible earthquake, Israeli Rescue teams and medical personnel were on their way to Haiti. Some of the rescue workers were ultra-orthodox. Haitians observed these workers hastily donning their Prayer Shawls and reciting Sabbath Prayers during a brief lull in their labors. The work of saving lives went on unabated, on weekdays and on Sabbath. The Mobile field Hospital set up by the Israeli Medical Unit was first on the scene, and operated with amazing effectiveness under the worst of conditions. We at HATT have also taken inspiration from Israel’s drive to replenish and renew the Forests of the Holy Land. When Jewish immigrants rose up to repopulate their ancient homeland, they immediately understood the connection between re-forestation and both the quantity and quality of the water supply. In particular, HATT looks to the accomplishments of the Jewish National Fund (or JNF) in making Israel into a developed, prosperous country. Over the years the JNF collected money from all over the world so that many areas in the Land of Israel could be planted with trees. Trees were often used to dry swampy regions, which in the past had been sources of malaria and stagnation. Crop-lands were reclaimed and hundreds of miles of roads built. Research into soil and water conservation and the construction of dams and reservoirs helped eliminate water shortages and prevent drought. Haiti, of course, is not a semi arid country. It is a tropical one. Yet the need for re-forestation and the provision of quality water require us to use many of the techniques developed in Israel and adapt them to the Haitian climate and geography. HATT looks forward to the day when people from around the world will come to Haiti and learn from our experience how to uplift a nation, revitalize a land and heal an eco-system. I have always had one question which troubled

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Continued from page 29 me. If Judaism sees itself as a true religion, why does it not attempt to convert others to its faith? Finally I asked this question of a Rabbi who provided me with the following answer:

Dear Que: According to the Jewish understanding of scripture, God did not establish a religion for us to follow. Rather he made a covenant with our nation that He would be our king and that we would follow his commandments. The covenant is for the Israelites and their descendants Jews. It does not involve the rest of humanity. It makes no more sense that everyone should be Jewish, than it does for everyone to be Haitian. It sound s shocking at first, but wait until I say my piece! The covenantal idea has been mistakenly taken to mean that God only cares about Jews. This is obviously untrue as the Hebrew Scriptures make very clear. The universal value of human life comes from the same scripture that teaches about the unique covenant. The book of Jonah makes the universal value of human life its central message! Rather, God’s intent is to allow for each nation to develop along its own path and discover its relationship with God in its own way. Human beings and cultures are amazingly diverse. Each culture must understand religious truth according to its own spirit. People everywhere are encouraged to take examples from the Hebrew Scriptures, but in the end, each culture must rewrite that story in their own image. The very idea of a universal religion or a single spiritual practice that is demanded of everyone by God should be viewed with suspicion. Such thinking has often been used to justify wars of conquest and the enslavement of others. In the 14th century Spain, a very wise Rabbi called Joseph Albo witnessed the forced conversion of his people to Catholicism. He wrote a theological work, The Book of Foundations, in which he sought to clarify “What are the foundational principles upon which any Divine Religion must be based?” He concludes that a Divine religion must be founded on three principles, (1) The Existence of God, (2) that God communicates with Human Beings and (3) that

there is a Moral Order to reality. As for the specific character of any given divinely inspired religion, Albo writes: (Book 1 chapter 25) “After considering the matter, it seems, that while it is necessary for religion to be singularfrom God’s perspective, this is not so relative to those who receive it. Human natures differ from each other, both through heredity or other factors, such that you can hardly find two people who with the same disposition…just as people are different, so too are their habitats. Each land has its own nature, weather, geography and similar factors…therefore the specific behaviors required (by God) will vary from location to location and from people to people. And yet since God is one, we will also find that the fundamental principles of any divinely inspired religion remain constant.” While the idea of a “universal Religion” sounds right at first and has been embraced by many throughout human history, it does not do justice to human cultural diversity, rather it has been used by the strong nations to oppress weak ones. In contrast the particularistic covenantal theology of the Hebrew Scriptures can form the basis for a pluralistic harmony between all the Peoples of the Earth. If you consider this carefully you will see that cultural diversity is desired by God, and that this message is taught to us by the story in Genesis of the Tower of Babel. Only in the harmony which arises from diversity will the Kingdom of heaven be revealed. In conclusion let me say that your commitment to your people, your land and your national destiny resonated with the deepest truths of the Bible. I wish you all the success in the world. May the Creator of All make you a fitting instrument for his Holy work. May Haitians everywhere become filled with HOPE, LIFE and ETERNITY!

Sincerely Yours, Rabbi Nathan PAGE 30

Jean Baptiste DuSable “THE FOUNDER OF CHICAGO” E

Early Chicago

The first permanent settler in Chicago was a black man named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. He was born on the island of Haiti around 1745 to a French mariner and a mother who was a slave of African descent. DuSable was educated in France and then, in the early 1770’s, sailed to New Orleans. From there, he made his way up the Mississippi River to Peoria, Illinois where he married a Potawatomi woman named Catherine in a tribal ceremony. The couple had two children, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Jr. and Suzanne. The marriage formally recognized before a Catholic priest in Cahokia, Illinois in 1778. DuSable settled along the northern bank of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan ca. 1779 and developed a prosperous trading post and farm. His cabin is often depicted a modest structure, but written descriptions of the property suggest that DuSable may have lived more than a modest life. According to original manuscripts documenting the sale of DuSable’s property, the cabin was spacious, boasting a roomy salon with five rooms off each corner. The property featured a large stone fireplace, bake and smoke houses, stables and huts for employees, along with a fenced garden and orchard. Household furnishings included paintings, mirrors, and walnut furniture. At his trading post, DuSable served Native Americans, British, and French explorers. He spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native American dialects, which served him well as an entrepreneur and mediator. DuSable sold his estate on May 7, 1800 and returned to Peoria, Illinois. He later moved to St. Charles, Missouri, where he died on August 28, 1818. Jean Baptiste DuSable (Source: Chicago History Museum) PAGE 31

JEAN BAPTISTE POINTE DU SABLE (1745-1818) Du Sable was said to have been born a free Black in St. Marc, Saint Dominique (Haiti). He was the son of a French mariner and an African-born slave mother. His father took him to France to be educated. In the early 1770’s he made his way up the Mississippi to the Chicago area. Here he established a trading post on the North Bank of the Chicago River mouth. His business prospered and became the center of a permanent Chicago settlement. His trading post was the main supply station for White trappers, traders, les coureurs des bois and

the natives. Du Sable made many trips to Canada to bring back furs and it was reported that he was very closely associated with the French in New France. It was only in 1968, that he was finally recognized as the man who founded Chicago.

JEAN BAPTISTE POINTE DU SABLE (1745-1818) Du Sable disait-on, est né homme libre à St-Marc, SaintDominique en Haiti. Il était le fils d’un marin français et d’une mère africaine devenue esclave. Son père l’amena en France où il reçut son education. Dans le début des années

1770, Du Sable remonte le Mississippi jusque dans la région de Chicago. Là, il établit un comptoir commercial sur la rive nord de l’embouchure de la rivière Chicago. Son commerce devint prospère et fut à l’origine de la colonie permanente de Chicago. Son comptoir commercial était le poste de ravitaillement principal pour les trappeurs, les marchands, les coureurs des bois et les autochtones. Du Sable fit plusieurs voyages au Canada pour acquérir des fourrures et on raconte même qu’il était très étroitement associé aux français de la Nouvelle-France. Mais ce n’est seulement qu’en 1968, qu’il fut finallement reconnu fondateur de Chicago. PAGE 32

C’est quoi le diabéte? Le diabète sucré se traduit par la présence d’un excès de sucre dans le sang (hyperglycémie). On parle de diabète dès que la glycémie à jeun (au réveil avant de manger) est supérieure ou égale à 1,26 g/l (7 mmol/l). L’appellation «diabète sucré» vient du latin «mellitus» et désigne ce qui est excrété et Qui a un goût de miel. Ce terme fait référence au fait que, dans le diabète sucré, l’organisme élimine de grandes quantités de sucre dans les urines. Les deux types de diabète sont le diabète type 1 (insulinodépendant) et le diabète type 2 (non insulinodépendant). Le diabète de l’adolescent est dans la majorité des cas un diabète de type 1. Il se caractérise par un manque, presque total, de production d’insuline par l’organisme. L’insuline est une hormone dont le rôle est de faire entrer le sucre du sang vers les cellules (du foie, des muscles, du cerveau…) pour qu’il soit utilisé comme énergie ou stocké. Dans le diabète de type 1, les cellules du pancréas qui fabriquent l’insuline (îlots de Langherans) sont peu à peu détruites par des anticorps auto-immunes. Une réaction auto-immune signifie que l’organisme réagit de lui-même en produisant des anticorps contre ses propres cellules. PAGE 33

Quand il n’y a plus assez d’insuline fabriquée, le sucre de l’alimentation reste dans le sang car il ne peut plus entrer dans les cellules et être utilisé, il passe alors dans les urines et on voit apparaître les symptômes du diabète de type 1 qui sont : une grande soif, un besoin fréquent d’uriner, du sucre dans les urines, une odeur corporelle diffuse d’acétone (équivalente à une odeur de « pomme reinette »), de la fatigue et une importante perte de poids sur une courte période de temps. Le diabète de type 1 se traite en apportant quotidiennement l’insuline qui manque. Plusieurs injections d’insuline par jour sont nécessaires. Le diabète de type 2 est le diabète de l’adulte, de la personne obèse, de la personne âgée. La capacité à produire de l’insuline est réduite et la sensibilité cellulaire à l’insuline des tissus musculaires et graisseux est diminuée. Beaucoup de personnes traitent cette maladie au moyen d’un régime alimentaire équilibré. Chez les individus présentant un excès de poids, le diabète de type 2 s’améliore souvent avec la seule perte de poids. D’autres personnes doivent prendre un médicament par voie orale (antidiabétique oral), qui stimule la production d’insuline du pancréas ou augmente la sensibilité

Diabète ´ EN QUELQUES MOTS LE DIABETE cellulaire à l’insuline. L’insuline peut être introduite chez ces types de personnes après plusieurs années d’évolution de leur diabète. Le diabète est une augmentation du taux de glucose (sucre) dans le sang, qui se définit par un taux de glycémie à jeun supérieur ou égal à 1,26g/l (mesuré à deux reprises). Dans le cas du diabète de type 1 (insulinodépendant), cette augmentation du taux de glucose dans le sang est principalement due à l’absence de sécrétion d’insuline par les cellules du pancréas. Dans le cas du diabète de type 2 (non insulinodépendant), une diminution de

la sécrétion d’insuline est associée à une mauvaise utilisation de l’insuline par les cellules du corps humain (insulinorésistance). L’insuline est normalement produite par les cellules bêta du pancréas – c’est dans cette partie du corps que sont produites l’insuline et d’autres hormones et substances qui interviennent sur le métabolisme des nutriments. L’insuline est l’hormone la plus importante intervenant dans la régulation du glucose sanguin. Le diabète peut également affecter le métabolisme des lipides. Il est d’autre part le plus souvent associé à l’obésité, aux maladies cardiovasculaires et à l’hypertension dans le cas du diabète de type 2.


For years, experts have urged people with a family history of type 2 diabetes to maintain a healthy weight and activity level. Being overweight and inactive were thought to be the main r e a s o n s w h y p e o p l e develop




diabetes. But now we see that some people still develop type 2 diabetes even if they are not overweight.


Diabetic Nutrition

WHY IS NUTRITION IMPORTANT? Find out how to eat a healthy and satisfying diet to get the best nutrition for diabetes. One of the first thoughts when a person receives the diagnosis of diabetes is what can I eat. For many people with newly diagnosed diabetes diabetic eating seems like the only thing they can do to control diabetes. Along with other important aspects good nutrition for diabetes does play an important part in glucose control. Here are a few facts and tips to help you get the proper nutrition for diabetes. First, diabetic eating is much like any other eating. There is not a specific type diabetes diet. The key is to eat a healthy and balanced diet while at the same time

matching your carbohydrate intake with your basic needs and activity level. Paying close attention to what you eat and how much is a necessary part of controlling diabetes. Once you understand how and why watching your food intake is not difficult…plus the results you see are well worth the effort of changing food habits. Good nutrition for diabetes begins with a basic understanding of how what you are eating affects your diabetes and your blood sugar ranges. Balancing food you eat with your activity levels and your diabetes medications or insulin will help you get your blood sugars closer to a normal range blood sugar. Of the three main food categories carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, carbohydrates have the most impact on your blood sugar levels.

Welcome to the Family Church (TFC) The first and most important part of the church structure is the Head Shepherd who is Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13). He is the one who joins and holds every part of the church’s body together. Without Jesus as the Head, the church will not be able to function properly or accomplish its mission. Underneath the Head Shepherd, there is a board of Pastors who are the spiritual leaders. This group of spiritual leaders is composed of individuals who have dedicated their livelihoods to ministry and their primary focus is to oversee the spiritual aspects of the congregation. The Family Church’s primary goal is to bring every believer and non-believer, every sick, every needy, and all lost souls, closer to God in the name of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Family Church is to create the same common interest, to pray, to obey, to worship in one true living God and fellowship together (Acts 6:1-4).

First Service of The Family Church April 7, 2013 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. (Matthew 18:20)

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Our vision is to reach out to everyone and provide to every single person, a place where you are accepted to worship freely. At TFC, you will find encouragement whether you are seeking God for the first time, or whether you are seeking to deepen your existing relationship with Him. You have come to the right place, where you can discover the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only through God’s Grace and His unconditional love for us, that we have the ability to assemble together each week. Only then can we even begin to imagine and begin to understand the plans He has in store for each and every one of us. We cannot change our pasts, but we can make the right decision to focus on where we are going. TFC’s mission is to unite with you as you start your spiritual journey or as you continue your spiritual journey. Either way, you will receive the encouragement you need to get through your struggles, the prayer to strengthen your belief and the necessary tools that will prepare you to walk with Christ and prosper in His Kingdom. TFC welcomes everyone with open arms and open hearts much like we welcome a new day with a smile. TFC hopes that you see the dawn of a new day as yet another gift from our Lord and Creator. May we all see every day as a new blessing. With every sunrise that lights up the morning, let it be another wonderful meeting point that draws us ever closer to God and His light, providing HOPE, LIFE, ETERNITY. (Matthew 28:19-20) 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


On May 11, 2013, Kathrine Torres was the first Baptism conducted by The Family Church performed by Pastor Raymond Benjamin & Pastor Japhe Jean Claude.

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Golf With HATT Saturday March 30, 2013 was a fun day of golf at the beautiful Madison Green Golf Club. It was a special day where everyone came together to plant fruit trees to reforest Haiti. It started with a warm cup of coffee, cookies and the HATT team welcoming the golfers for an early tee off. As the golfers arrived they met new people, goody bags were handed out, they were assigned to their golf carts and the shotgun start went off with a bang. The weather was outstanding, the foursomes were ready, and serious about playing a good round of golf, and if luck was on their side, hit a hole in one. But we all know, deep in their hearts, they were there to plant trees for Haiti. Some of the golfers were experienced, some had never golfed before. That was the beauty of it because it didn’t matter, everyone was there to support HATT, challenge themselves at golf, laugh and tell stories. One of our golfers even chuckled, as he explained how he was hitting more trees with golf balls, than he was planting. As the day went on, the guys concentrated hard and on the back nine, they were challenged even further. They had to putt with a short version of a polo mallet. There were rumors of a 16 foot putt by one of the pastors, who by the way had never even golfed before and another outstanding putt by a gentleman who had never seen a polo mallet, let alone use one. There were plenty of laughs and good times. As the morning turned to afternoon, the guys were still trying to chase and sink those little white balls. We tried to rustle them into the clubhouse to eat but there was no way. They were determined to finish their 18 holes. Way to go guys! That’s the spirit. Eventually our golfers gathered for lunch. They were hungry, thirsty and had lots of funny stories about this shot or that shot, lost balls, or how this 12 foot alligator jumped out of the water and swallowed it. The ribs, veggies, mac and cheese and dessert was a hit. Thanks to everyone our raffle was also a success. One guy just happened to fill up his wine cellar by winning almost every bottle of wine that was raffled off. It was Continued on page 41 PAGE 40

Continued from page 40 raffled off. It was his lucky day! Our HATT team rounded out the day by talking about HATT’s great cause to plant trees to reforest Haiti and to provide clean water to drink. HATT is planting 10 species of fruit trees that are being planted to reforest Haiti and provide a source of sustainable food supply for the Haitian people. We proudly displayed little tree samples of avocado, grapefruit, mango,

orange, papaya and sugar apple so everyone could see and feel a living, tangible tree that is the heart of HATT’s vision. The gallon of dirty water shows everyone how polluted the water in Haiti is, full of toxins, dirt and disease. This is unacceptable and kills people daily, especially the very young and the very old. That’s why HATT is determined to build 9 water plants to provide clean water, something that the Haitian government has historically never supplied to it’s own people. PAGE 41





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Creole Cuisine SOUP JOUMOU Native to Haiti, Soup Joumou is a savory, mildly spicy soup, with a making history going back to the 17th century by the french colonialist who ruled Haiti at the time. The main ingredient is butternut squash and beef stew meat with additions of numerous different spice and vegetables. such as potato, carrot, turnips, onions, yam, celery, parsley, cabbage and other vegetables depending on family tradition, or personal preference. Thin pasta such as vermicelli and Macaroni are also added. Here is the recipe. It's

consumption was forbidden to the slaves by the masters; according to story telling passed from one generation to the next, the soup reflected the skin color of the white masters and since the slaves had a dark skin there were forbidden from having it. They made it for them, but couldn't consume it, in fear of severe punishments. after the Independence of Haiti on January 1st 1804, every slaves celebrated the event by having a huge bowl of Soup Joumou. The tradition remains the same since. On New Year's Day, Soup Joumou is consumed at every Haitian household. Soup Joumou is not only a delicious bowl of soup, but a bowl of history. PAGE 43

NATIONAL RICE The national dish of Haiti is a very simple one: Yellow Rice and red beans with meat, usually chicken, is served alongside. It might be simple, but it is the taste that really counts and trust me, its delicious. It's preparation consists of scallions, garlic, red peppers, cubes seasoning mashed together in a pilon, the result is fried in olive oil until it turns brown; then the red bean is added, as well as some salt, and about a tablespoon of tomato paste. Under a medium heat, stir and let the flavors blend together for about 2 to three minutes. Then add water, according to the amount of rice you intend to cook, stick a couple of cloves in a hot pepper. see picture of Soup Joumou below for an example. (I would recommend this type of pepper); add it in, turn your heat to high and cover your pot. When the water comes to a broil, you might add your rice. Stir; make sure everything is completely mixed together. Turn down your heat to medium and let the rice cook. After the absorption of the water by the rice, again; stir, now bring the heat to low, cover and leave for another 15-20 minutes, then ready to serve. Bon appetite! Literally translating into vegetables, legumes is one of the most popular Haitian dish. It is a thick vegetables stew, consisting of a mashed mixture of eggplants, spinach, cabbage, chayote, watercress, and other vegetables depending on the cook's preference. Garlic, scallion, hot peppers and tomato paste are added as flavor enhancement. Legume is generally cooked with beef and crabs; and served with rice or Mayi Moulen (grits).


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Feel the excitement! Every Saturday from 10:am to 12.00pm, listen in to hear all about it. It is two hours packed full of fun, laughs and interesting conversation with the children and youth of our neighborhoods. We talk about daily life, we read, recite poetry, sing, celebrate and network with children from all over. We invite all of the kids to phone in and share with everyone, their feelings, their concerns, and their views on the topics of the day.

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Can Diabetic Pills Help Me? FIND OUT WETHER DIABETIC PILLS CAN HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE. All diabetes pills sold today in the United States are members of six classes of drugs that work in different ways to lower blood glucose levels:



Sulfonylureas stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to release more insulin. Sulfonylurea drugs have been in use since the 1950’s. Chlorpropamide (Diabinese) is the only first-generation sulfonylurea still in use today. The second generation sulfonylureas are used in smaller doses than the first-generation drugs. There are three second-generation drugs: glipizide (Glucotrol and Glucotrol XL), glyburide (Micronase, Glynase, and Diabeta), and glimepiride (Amaryl). These drugs are generally taken one to two times a day, before meals. All sulfonylurea drugs have similar effects on blood glucose levels, but they differ in side effects, how often they are taken, and interactions with other drugs.




Meglitinides are drugs that also stimulate the beta cells to release insulin. Repaglinide (Prandin) and nateglinide (Starlix) are meglitinides. They are taken before each of three meals. Because sulfonylureas and meglitinides stimulate the release of insulin, it is possible to have hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels).


Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors DPP-4 inhibitors

You should know that alcohol and some diabetes pills may not mix. Occasionally, chlorpropamide, and other sulfonylureas, can interact with alcohol to cause vomiting, flushing, or sickness. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about any of these side effects. Biguanides Metformin (Glucophage) is a biguanide. Biguanides lower blood glucose levels primarily by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Metformin also helps to lower blood glucose levels by making muscle tissue more sensitive to insulin so glucose can be absorbed. It is usually taken two times a day. A side effect of metformin may be diarrhea, but this is improved when the drug is taken with food. Thiazolidinediones Rosiglitazone (Avandia) and pioglitazone (ACTOS) are in a group of drugs called thiazolidinediones. These drugs help insulin work better in the muscle and fat and also reduce glucose production in the liver. The first drug in this group, troglitazone


(Rezulin), was removed from the market because it caused serious liver problems in a small number of people. So far rosiglitazone and pioglitazone have not shown the same problems, but users are still monitored closely for liver problems as a precaution. Both drugs appear to increase the risk for heart failure in some individuals, and there is debate about whether rosiglitazone may contribute to an increased risk for heart attacks. Both drugs are effective at reducing A1C and generally have few side effects. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors Acarbose (Precose) and meglitol (Glyset) are alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. These drugs help the body to lower blood glucose levels by blocking the breakdown of starches, such as bread, potatoes, and pasta in the intestine. They also slow the breakdown of some sugars, such as table sugar. Their action slows the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal. They should be taken with the first bite of a meal. These drugs may have side effects, including gas and diarrhea. DPP-4 Inhibitors A new class of medications called DPP-4 inhibitors help improve A1C without causing hypoglycemia. They work by preventing the breakdown of a naturally occurring compound in the body, GLP-1. GLP-1 reduces blood glucose levels in the body, but is broken down very quickly so it does not work well when injected as a drug itself. By interfering in the process that breaks down GLP-1, DPP-4 inhibitors allow it to remain active in the body longer, lowering blood glucose levels only when they are elevated. DPP-4 inhibitors do not tend to cause weight gain and tend to have a neutral or positive effect on cholesterol levels. Sitagliptin (Januvia) and saxagliptin (Onglyza) are the two DPP-4 inhibitors currently on the market. Oral combination therapy Because the drugs listed above act in different ways to lower blood glucose levels, they may be used together. For example, a biguanide and a sulfonylurea may be used together. Many combinations can be used. Though taking more than one drug can be more costly and can increase the risk of side effects, combining oral medications can improve blood glucose control when taking only a single pill does not have the desired effects. Switching from one single pill to another is not as effective as adding another type of diabetes medicine.


Diabetic Nutrition WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

One of the first thoughts when a person receives the diagnosis of diabetes is what can I eat. For many people with newly diagnosed diabetes diabetic eating seems like the only thing they can do to control diabetes. Along with other important aspects good nutrition for diabetes does play an important part in glucose control. Here are a few facts and tips to help you get the proper nutrition for diabetes. First, diabetic eating is much like any other eating. There is not a specific type diabetes diet. The key is to eat a healthy and balanced diet while at the same time matching your carbohydrate intake with your basic needs and activity level. Paying close attention to what you eat and how much is a necessary part of controlling diabetes. Once you understand how and why watching your food intake is not difficult…plus the results you see are well worth the effort of changing food habits. Good nutrition for diabetes begins with a basic understanding of how what you are eating affects your diabetes and your blood sugar ranges.  Balancing food you eat with your activity levels and your diabetes medications or insulin will help you get your blood sugars closer to a normal range blood sugar.  Of the three main food categories carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, carbohydrates have the most impact on your blood sugar levels.


Managing Your Intake of Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins for Good Nutrition for Daibes If you are like most people, you automatically think, “I can’t eat sugar.”, or “Sugar is bad for my diabetes. While I’m not advocating that you continue to eat as much sugar and sweets as you did before your diabetes diagnosis, I will say you don’t have to eliminate sugar or your favorite foods from your diet completely. Portion control is one of the main keys to good nutrition for diabetes. Learning to count your carbohydrate in take is criticall for nutrition in diabetes and to getting better blood sugar control. Controlling the number of carbohydrates you eat each day will help you control not only your blood sugar, but it will also help with weight control. A good place to start for most is to consume 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. You doctor or other health care professional can help you determine your exact needs.   Once you understand how many carbohydrates you should be eating choose the food and size of serving to match your needs.

Counting carbohydrates is important because carbohydrates you eat make your blood sugar levels go up. Eating to many carbohydrates can elevate your blood sugar to dangerously high levels. Eating too few carbohydrates can cause low blood sugar, especially if you are on diabetic medications or insulin. Foods that contain carbohydrates are: • Beans, legumes, grains and starchy vegetables • Fruits • Snack foods and sweets

you choose fats that are healthy. Reading the label is a good place to begin to find out just how much fat you are consuming on a daily basis. One good way to begin to make sure you are consuming good nutrition for diabetes is to begin to use the plate method. Start by visually marking your plate in half. Then mark on half into half again. Fill the half of the plate with green vegetable preferably uncooked. The fill one-half of the other half of the plate with protein. Finally fill the other half of the half with beans, potatoes, or other starchy vegetable. Finish the meal with fruit for dessert. You are on your way to good nutrition for diabetes.

• Dairy products All food labels will contain the number of grams of carbohydrates per serving. Aim for a serving of food that contains15 grams of carbohydrates. Concentrating on how many carbohydrates you are eating can cause you to pay little attention to how much protein and fat you are eating. It is important to balance your diet with a proper portion of protein and fats. A single serving of protein per meal is recommended. Fats are important in the diet. All fats are high in calories, so be sure to watch your consumption of fats. When you do eat fats make sure to eat healthy fats. Healthy fat are monounsaturated, omega-3, and polyunsaturated fats. Don’t think you need to eliminate all fats from your diet. Good nutrition for diabetes and for everyone must include some fats, just make sure


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What is the Haitian President Michel Martelly up to? US VP Joe Biden, Trinidad Prime Minister, President Michel Martelly

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - President Michel Martelly, chaired a meeting on Tuesday for the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and Caricom to provide a framework for trade and investment. The meeting ended with a press conference with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and President Michel Martelly. Martelly said to the U.S. VP, "Mr. Vice-President of the United States of America, of course, our countries do not occupy large territorial areas, but by their geographical proximity to your country, we have common interests to defend in the areas of economic development, security, democracy and human rights." After a more than three-hour session, an agreement, the Framework on Trade and Investment (TIFA), providing a framework for trade and investment between the U.S. and the Caribbean Community was signed. At a news conference, Biden said he was aware that island nations face unique challenges and added that the U.S. administration's goal is "not simply growth, but it's growth that reaches everybody." The two parties agreed to improve and facilitate an increase in foreign direct investment. The agreement says it is to encourage relationships between companies and private industry groups in the United States and in CARICOM member states. The agreement also recognizes the importance of

increasing trade and investment for small economies of the Member States of the CARICOM and takes into account the respective levels of development and growth, as well as the geographic dispersion of CARICOM member states. The Head of State also had a brief working session with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissessar around strengthening cooperation between the two countries, affecting in particular, the conduct of trade missions between Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago and investments in the field of energy. The meeting of the leaders of CARICOM, the Dominican Republic and U.S. Vice President, ended with a joint press conference with the Haitian President, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S. Vice President. During the press conference, Ms. Bissessar thanked participants and congratulated the Chairman of CARICOM for his leadership. Biden, for his part, said that the Obama Administration is willing to work with Caribbean countries as partners in the fight against transnational crime, promoting investment, new information technologies, immigration. President Martelly said regional leaders "repeated our plea for information sharing with respect to criminal deportees." Written by The Sentinel Staff PAGE 50

Haitian Students at South Florida Colleges Share Financial Fears MANY STUDENTS’ MONETARY AID CUT OFF IN AFTERMATH OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE

The earthquake that destroyed Haiti’s capital has left Haitian students at South Florida colleges and universities stuck in limbo, wondering if they will be forced to drop out when they can’t get money sent from home. “I never thought this could happen,” said Broward College freshman Vladimir Moraille, 20, who said his father’s bookstore in Port-au-Prince survived the quake, but business is dead. “Everyone says everything will be OK, but I don’t know.” Federal authorities recently announced measures that would make it easier for Haitians like Moraille on student visas to work in the United States so they can pay for school. Moraille, who is studying business administration, wants to work off-campus this summer


so he can pay his $3,800 semester tuition bill. Although student visas generally limit foreigners to on-campus, part-time jobs, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is asking schools to approve requests like Moraille’s if needed. The agency is considering whether to let Haitian visa students work more than the current 20-hour-per-week limit. And it also has suggested that schools let Haitian students take fewer courses if they can’t handle a full load because of the crisis. Students also can apply for Temporary Protected Status, a federal program recently extended to Haitians living in the United States when the Jan. 12 earthquake struck. It would let them work full time and pay in-state tuition. But some say they worry about whether they will be able to continue studying if TPS isn’t renewed after 18 months.

Vladimir Moraille in his Econonomy class at Broward College South Campus in Pembroke Pines. Moraille who is an International student from Haiti, plans to work this summer now that he can’t get money from Haiti to pay for tuition. (Carline Jean, Sun Sentinel)

Young Haitians in Sports By Chris Zuppa / Times

The 12 Bulls football players with Haitian backgrounds: Sabbath Joseph (11), lying down; first row, from left: Jon Lejiste (12), Bermanley Augustin (84), Moise Plancher (3), Kenneth Luberice (34); second row, from left: Edner Alcin (6), Jason Pierre-Paul (90), Danous Estenor (60), Steven Jacques (76), Rony Delisca (45) and Mistral Raymond (16); and Victor Marc (15), top. TAMPA In the frantic seconds before a play, as USF’s defense is lined up and awaiting the snap, linebacker Sabbath Joseph will sometimes tap defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on the shoulder. “I’m cho,” he’ll say, pronouncing the word like “show.” In Haitian Creole, the word means “hot,” and it’s Joseph’s way of telling Pierre-Paul he’s blitzing the quarterback. Watch USF on TV and you might hear PierrePaul called by the nickname he has picked up this season, “The Haitian Sensation.” Truth is, even for a football program that recruits almost exclusively in Florida, USF has an unusually high number of players with at least one parent born in Haiti — 12 proud Bulls who might mix a little Creole into games. “It has to be the biggest (number) in the NCAA. It’s a very good thing, being in the locker room with those guys, sharing stories, singing our cultural songs,” said Joseph, a junior from Miami who grew up bilingual but has no accent in his English. “Every year, when new recruits come in, I’ll see the last name: Pierre-Paul, he’s a Haitian! There goes another Haitian. The Haitians are taking over South Florida!” USF’s coaches say the collection of players with Haitian backgrounds isn’t specifically coordinated, but the comfort and familiarity of a player finding such a bond on a recruiting visit can help sway a college decision, just as the absence of such a bond can. “On my visit, I remember seeing Sabbath Joseph and

Brouce Mompremier, and they told me I need to come here and add to the number of Haitians on the team,” said redshirt freshman safety Jon Lejiste of Delray Beach. “I took a visit to Wisconsin, and they didn’t know what a Haitian was.” USF certainly does. None of USF’s players was born in Haiti, but there are several key players of Haitian heritage — senior Moise Plancher is the starting running back, and three others have started on defense — Joseph, Pierre-Paul and safety Mistral Raymond. Sophomore offensive lineman Danous Estenor is from Palm Beach County, where an estimated 60,000 Haitians call home, but he never had so many Haitian teammates until he came to USF. “In high school, in Little League, we never had that many Haitians on my teams,” said Estenor, whose parents came to Florida in the late 1970s. “It surprised me.” One reason Estenor came to USF was that a high school teammate, tight end Quincy Okolie, had walked on with the Bulls. Okolie’s mother is from Haiti, and again, familiarity provided a comfort level. It’s not unusual to hear a conversation in Haitian Creole in USF’s locker room or on the sideline. “Touchdown is touchdown,” explains Estenor, who, watching his teammates during a game, will see an open receiver and say voye balon — throw the ball! “They bring it out frequently,” Raymond said. “I’m not as fluent as some of those guys, but I’ll hear it on the field. It’s how they communicate sometimes.” Raymond said the fraternity of Haitian players at USF is close enough that he went through a faux knighting ceremony in the locker room last season, with Mompremier formally bringing him into the family. And just as there is a generation of Haitian players at USF, there’s a generation of parents coming to embrace a sport they barely knew growing up.


HATT Introduces “The SEA Program” Our Plan of Action bringing HOPE, LIFE and ETERNITY for the future of our children



I AM HATT Why are we losing our youth? That is a question we have to ask ourselves now, before it is too late. We are faced with a crisis that concerns our children in today’s day and age of disconnection, broken families and a fast paced lifestyle that can leave many kids behind without a system in place to help them. Distractions are everywhere and come in many forms. For the kids that come from broken homes the interaction between the parents may be strained or even non-existent, where communication has totally broken down. When communication fails, both the parents and the kids lack support within the family unit, creating more of a void. Sometimes the situation is made harder when only one parent is left with the responsibility to raise the kids and the problem is only compounded if neither parent is around, for whatever reason that may be. In

a better scenario where there are two parents in the household, sometimes the parents will find it difficult to help their kids with their homework. To add insult to injury, what happens when there is nowhere to turn because the community and even the churches don’t have programs in place to help, due to lack of funding, manpower or just don’t have the programs available? There are too many questions. What do we do next? HATT is the solution. Are there enough educational programs in place to fill the needs of the increasing number of youths in our communities?

There is an urgent need to have more educational programs, and positive intervention to prevent the youth from making bad choices. We need programs to build self-esteem to empower and encourage the youth, keeping them out of gangs, off of drugs, and to educate them from getting pregnant too young. Good administrative programs, legal counseling and even political support at every level, are very important in order to allocate programs and needed funding, where it is absolutely imperative, while building the infrastructure within our communities. HATT is the solution that builds a strong foundation to grow from. Who am I? Did I do a good job? It is also essential to acknowledge and recognize that our youth are assets in our communities, by building on their capacities so that they make better choices. The well planned programs under HATT, will give our youth the stability, knowledge and know-how to or skills, necessary for them to succeed. HATT provides a strong foundation for everyone to grow up with a value system that will carry them through life. Another requirement of the youth is to keep them busy mentally, physically, and spiritually. If they sit idle or have too much time on their hands, they tend to lose motivation or they look for trouble. The youth need access to health care, counseling if needed and bible study. HATT is the solution. Where do I belong? Christian based principles are of the essence for our youth to grow up with a healthy body, mind and spirit. Many of our churches don’t offer programs to engage the youth, so they go to a different church or worse yet, they don’t go to church at all, putting them in peril of not knowing God. The youth need to be encouraged to go to

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church so they can learn more about the spiritual life. By creating a common interest, HATT develops fellowship amongst church members and invites newcomers continually, to pray together, to worship together, attend bible study and even eat together. HATT is the solution giving HOPE, LIFE, ETERNITY, by bringing as many people as possible, closer to God. No one should ever feel alone. How can we fix this? HATT’s philosophy never changes. The answer is to bring HOPE, LIFE, ETERNITY to everyone. Statistics don’t lie (according to high-school-dropout-statistics). For example, total number of high school dropouts annually number 3,030,000, the percent of students in the largest 50 U.S. cities that graduate High School is only 59%, the percent of U.S. crimes that are committed by a high school dropout is 75%, the percent of black dropouts that have spent time in prison has reached 60%, foreign born youths is at 20%, the percent of U.S. jobs a high school dropout is not eligible for is a staggering 90%, and the percentage of foreign dropouts that were due to pregnancy is as high as 41%. These percentages are not acceptable. Something needs to be done to turn things around for the youth, so that they can be the decision-makers in their own lives now and for their futures. HATT is the solution.

Kids’ Letters to Parents We as young men, young women, teenagers and children feel unvalued and in our community we are looked at as the next in line to make mistakes, blamed by those who claim to love us based upon statistics, especially by the church. If we don’t have a support

system at home, the churches need to be places of refuge where we can go when things get tough, and we have no one to talk to. “We want to be heard”. HATT Introduces “The SEA Program” SEA, the Student Entrepreneur Academy, is a ground-breaking program that takes children from the beginning of the elementary process to the start of launching a real business or social movement, to benefit the community as a whole. By the end of the class, students will own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program. SEA was developed to teach students early, how to create a job, not just take a job. SEA aims to build on their capacities, so that they have better choices in their future. HATT is the solution. HATT does not give handouts; it is the big picture that shows a WAY OUT. The Benefits of Joining this Movement The benefits of joining the SEA Program are many. SEA instills self-control and self-discipline (not beaten), teaching the skills of networking, while building strong leaders in our communities. SEA promotes education for everyone, and increases business knowledge so that our youth are able to compete. SEA discovers new talents, lifting up the


students by bringing HOPE that all things are possible to those who believe. SEA also helps the students to find funding through Scholarships and Grants. HATT and SEA, working together is the solution. Community Sport League This will not just be ANY sport league. We want to discover hidden talents, not push for only physical talents, so how do you propose we do this? We want to bring all youth from different churches to create a Sports League. Each church will have its own team, bringing them together while building a trusting relationship between them. Youth from the outside, will be invited to join the churches and participate in this character building movement. Good sportsmanship and teamwork will be the main focus, where rules and regulations are in place to be followed and where everyone involved has a specific responsibility. All of this is done with positive feedback, where the side effects produce winning attitudes, enthusiasm, passion for the sports and the desire to strive for excellence. The coaches and parents need to encourage and praise their kids to do the best that they can with the abilities they have. Realistically not everyone will have the same talents, some less, some more, but the important thing to remember is this. Regardless of their abilities, every kid is a valuable contribution to the team. This concept not only looks for athletic traits but also looks at every little detail to find hidden talents that make us unique individuals. The coaches and parents need to praise and support their kids whether they win or not. Everyone needs to be on the same page in their thinking. It is not all about winning, especially if winning comes at a great cost. The emphasis has to be on the efforts of the kids’ performances. They need to be gracious and humble, win or lose. Sports like baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volley ball, just to name a few, not only promote discipline and physical exercise, but also offer another choice of direction for the youth who are looking for a future in professional sports. Even if the youth don’t go the route of the professional athlete, sports should be a staple

of their lives to stay physically fit in the prevention of diseases, like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Plus, sports gets everyone outside in the fresh air, gets everyone moving their bodies, lifts their spirits and brings people together for fun recreational time. It is a way for the kids and their parents to spend time together on a fun level, sharing some laughs along the way, while strengthening the family bond. List of Sports creating a solution • Baseball • Cheer Leading • Tennis • Softball • Volley Ball

• Basketball • Football • Soccer • Track • Golf

The salary between Haitians in sport, averages $1.2 million per year. All of these athletes have been exposed to churches at some point of their life, but all the Haitian churches that they attended “Failed.” That’s right, failed because none of these Haitian athletes TITHE at the Haitian churches. This is not a coincidence! Activities One of the first activities put forth by HATT is to create a network meeting between the churches to share Dreams and Goals with the youth. Each youth will have to come up with a Goal forming a plan of action to help them accomplish this specific goal for either short term or long term projects. Motivational seminars or conferences between the youth around the community, will be set into motion to inspire them and to increase their awareness and knowledge on how to be skillful business people and productive people in their churches

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because they don’t know where they fit in or belong. They turn to gangs that offer a false sense of friendship and protection, and they end up in trouble, in jail or dead. The HATT Youth Program is a safe environment and a sustainable mentoring network. HATT’s programs offer stability and knowledge, along with the know-how or skills necessary for the youth to succeed. Let’s get it done!

Lake Lytal Park HATT Picnic Saturday May 25, 2013 Memorial Day weekend

Continued from page 56 and their communities. Events and fundraising are also a big part of the picture, to build up the existing churches around us, which need our help. Support We will need the church and community leaders to rally around the youth and be involved in everything that they do, in order to keep them focused and dreaming of bigger things. We will focus on home trust. This will be a time where parents can meet with their children in a neutral place to understand ones needs and communicate with one another on how things can be improved. We encourage parents to participate in some of the activities that HATT provides, so that more time is spent with their kids. When the parents invest in their kids, it will be the best investment they ever made. Why you may wonder Because no one took the time to invest in these young Haitians, luckily some of them chose to follow sports as a source of comfort. Unfortunately, many of the youth choose the gangs


HATT acknowledges and recognizes that the youth are assets in our communities and that they are the future. Together we can plant the seeds now for a better tomorrow, by implementing HATT’s plan of action that brings HOPE, LIFE, ETERNITY for the future of our children. Our children are the ones that will be the future leaders of our communities, future business people, future senators, future entrepreneurs, maybe even the future president; the list is endless. We as parents and leaders of today, need to step up to the challenge and hand in hand with HATT, get things done! HATT’s philosophy of HOPE, LIFE, ETERNITY never changes. It is the solid ground upon which the cry for change can be made tangible, when we all come together with the common interest of giving HOPE, which renews people’s faith, giving them LIFE and a sense of responsibility to their family, their community and their country, and ultimately ETERNITY, something to last forever. HATT is the solution to lift up our youth! We need your help today!

Diabetes Did You Know?


• Diabetics are 2-4 times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes.

People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes Diabetes tends to affect minority ethnic groups roughly twice as frequently as Caucasians.

• Three out of four diabetic adults have high blood pressure. • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness with diabetic retinopathy causing 12,000-24,000 diabetics to go blind each year. • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for roughly half of all kidney failures. • Over 60% of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage, typically in the extremities and stomach. • Nearly 30% of diabetics over 40 have impaired sensation in their feet. • Diabetic’s account for over 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations—about 82,000 amputations in 2002 alone. • One out of three diabetics have severe periodontal disease. • Poorly controlled diabetes in pregnant mothers during the second and third trimester can result in excessively large babies that pose a risk to both mother and child. • Uncontrolled diabetes often leads to biochemical imbalances that can result in life-threatening events such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar coma. • People with diabetes are not only more susceptible to many other illnesses (such as pneumonia and influenza), but are more likely to die from these diseases than people without diabetes.


Health Fair SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ask the Doctors Lovelie Moise, RN, BSN

HATT Health Care Executive Director

Jacqueline Pompilus, RN, BSN HATT Health Fair Chair Person

Opportunity for Volunteers

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Diabetes Screening

Blood Pressure Testing

Skin Damage Screening Dental Screening

Vision Screening

Cardiac Screenings

Seated Massage Therapy

Lung Capacity Screening

Stress Reduction Techniques Exercise Demo

Complete Physical Check-Up

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We are all well aware the economy is still in a poor state and many families have been affected. HATT wants to make sure all families are able to celebrate this Thanksgiving. You would be surprised how such a gesture can touch the heart of a person going through very difficult times during this Holiday Season. Please join HATT in reaching our goal to feed 1,000 families. Volunteers are needed and always have a good time. This year each donor sponsors a select number of families.


1,000 TURKEYS!

Each family you sponsor will receive:

1 Turkey 5 lb. bag of rice 1 bag of dry beans Vegetable oil

How many families will you be sponsoring this year?

Donations can be:

1 FAMILY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 2 FAMILIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 3 FAMILIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00 4 FAMILIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 5 FAMILIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125.00

Monetary Turkeys 5lb bag of rice Bags of dry beans

We will start receiving donations on June 4, 2013 Distribution will be on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 between 8:00am to 10:00am to pre-registered families, until we run out. Thank you so much for your support!

Distribution location:

401 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Bech, FL 33401 • 561-855-0102

HATT appreciates you helping us feed needy families at Thanksgiving!


HATT Foundation Intends to plant 300,000 fruit trees in Haiti and build 9 Water Plants, complete with water filtration and waste water treatment systems. We need your help to reforest Haiti and create clean water and food resources for the people. This charitable act will affirm hope and faith in the Haitian people.






Plant 5 Trees - $25

Give 123 gallons $125

Monthly Donation

Plant an Orchard - $125

Give 1,230 gallons $500

One Time Donation

Plant a Grove - $500

Give 12,300 gallons $5000

Yearly Donation


Plant a Forest - $5000

Mail Your Donations To:

HATT Foundation, Inc. 401 S. Dixie Hwy, Ste. 3 West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Send Donations Electronically: Suntrust Bank Route #: 063102152 Acct #: 1000112362230

*All donations are tax deductible*



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HATT Volunteer Opportunities You can be a volunteer! Volunteering empowers people to take an active part in development, to take responsibility for the needs of others, and to make an impact in their own lives. Volunteering often starts at home, but together, volunteers can change the world. The aims of the wide range of partners are to promote the values of volunteering, recognize the value of volunteering, build and reinforce volunteering networks both nationally and globally, and help people tap their potential to make a real difference. Volunteering is a great way to be a part of HATT’s work. We can’t do it alone. We rely on the valuable support of literally thousands of volunteers. We’re looking for highly motivated people to support our mission and bring excellent interpersonal and communication skills to the task. Volunteer positions provide a substantive, challenging work experience and will expand your understanding of HATT’s work. HATT is the solution. HATT is not about giving just handouts. HATT is about lifting up the Haitian people and giving them a WAY OUT! Donate today or volunteer and make a positive change in Haiti and the world! After all, we share the same planet! Volunteers needed immediately at HATT CNA,HHA,LPN,LVN,ADN,BSN, MSN,APRN,DNS Nursing Specialists Critical care nurses Nurse educator Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Spinal cord injury nurses Occupational Health Nurses Nurse Midwives Nurse executives Neonatal Nurses Emergency nurses Pediatric Nurses Psychiatric/Mental health nurses Acute care nurse practitioner Gerontological Nurse Medical-surgical nurses Perioperative Nursing Oncology Nursing Public Health Nursing Cardiac/vascular nurse Community nursing Home Health Nurses Perinatal nursing Operating Room nursing Nursing Administration Nurse practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Gerontological nurse practitioner


Pediatric nurse practitioner Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Practitioner Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Practitioner Adult health practitioners Women’s Health Practitioner Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing Registered dietitian Registered pharmacist OB/GYN Nursing Specialist Diabetes Educators Respiratory Therapist Physicians Anesthesiologist Internal Medicine Radiologist Pathologist Psychiatrist Flight Surgeon ENT Surgeon Neurologist Dermatologist Gastroenterologist Family physician Emergency physicians Aerospace specialist Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Cardiologist Rheumatologist

Neuroradiologist Child Psychiatric Ophthalmologist Critical Care Specialist Plastic Surgeon OB/GYN Dentistry Dental Radiologist Endodontist General duty dentist Oral Maxilofacial(OMF) Pathologist Oral And Maxilofacial Surgeon Orthodontist Pediatric dentist Periodontist Prosthodontist Public Health Dentist **Aerospace physiologist Audiologist/Speech pathologist Bioenvironmental Engineer Biomedical Laboratory Officer Clinical Psychologist Clinical Social Worker Dietitian Health Physicist Medical Entomologist Occupational Therapist Optometrist Pharmacist Physical Therapist Physician’s Assistant Podiatrist Public Health Officer



Giving Hope To Haitians Worldwide At HATT, our mission and values are to

help the Haitian people throughout the world realize their full potential in rebuilding Haiti

We are passionate about saving lives and future generations in Haiti. We are pleased that a portion of our proceeds from all subscription and advertising sales will benefit from this effort. As we grow, we will continue to seek out ways to support our cause. To whom much is given, we do believe much is required.

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