Michael Aristil, Djedly Joseph,
Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE) fellows Michael Aristil (left) and Djedly Joseph (right). Photo courtesy: Michael Aristil, Djedly Joseph

CAP-HAITIEN — Michael Aristil, a Léogâne resident, was so eager to know if he was accepted in the Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE) that he started to hear the sound of his email notification in his head. But when he’d check, there was no email.

One day in April 2021, while he sat in his room, the CEE email did come. Fearful of being rejected, Aristil hesitated before checking. He squinted and took a quick look at the first line.

‘You have been selected as a finalist…,’ it read. 

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.