Rhum Barbancourt and the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) will fund three five-year scholarships.

Rhum Barbancourt and an education program have announced that they will fund three five-year scholarships for students in Haiti.

Barbancourt will partner with the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) for five years to finance the scholarships. The partnership came about to celebrate HELP’s 25th year anniversary.

The partnership will also fund a Thierry Gardère-Admissions and Recruitment office at HELP. Gardère was Barbancourt’s owner. He died in 2017. Source

Human rights advocate says gang members are targeting him

Pierre Espérance, the executive director of the National Network of Human Rights Defense (RNDDH).

Pierre Espérance, a human rights advocate, told Juno7 that members of the G9 gang went to a gym he had visited before and asked for information about him.

Espérance is the executive director of the National Network of Human Rights Defense (RNDDH). RNDDH has published several reports that link the G9 gang and their leader Jimmy ‘Barbecue’ Cherizier to massacres in Port-au-Prince. Cherizier has denied the accusations.

Andy Levin, a U.S. Representative from Michigan who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has expressed concern over Esperance’s safety. 

“I’m worried sick about the safety of Haitian human rights defenders [at] RNDDH and my friend Pierre Espérance,” Levin tweeted. “These brave human rights workers have been of invaluable service, [testifying] before us at great personal risk.” Source

FIFA bans coach for 5 years for not protecting players from rape

Yvette Félix, an ex-assistant coach at the National Technical Center in Croix-des-Bouquets.

FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee has banned an assistant coach and fined her $10,913 for not protecting players from being sexually assaulted. 

Yvette Félix was first sanctioned for 90 days in October after being linked to Haiti’s ex-soccer President Yves ‘Dadou’ Jean-Bart’s sexual abuse of minors. The abuse happened at a boarding training center in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town near Port-au-Prince. 

FIFA banned Jean-Bart for life in November. Source

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