Port-au-Prince — Writer Odette Roy Fombrun died Dec. 23 at her residence, officials of the foundation bearing her name announced via Facebook. She was 105.

Known for proposing ‘konbitisme’ as a way to rebuild Haiti, the writer, educator and youth advocate sought to improve Haiti's education system and her ideas helped shape several generations of Haitians. 

“This is a great loss for the Haitian intelligentsia and in particular for the education sector and civil society,” said Joël Lorquet, founder and advisor of the Lorquet Foundation for a New Haiti, which collaborated with Fombrun. “She was a great voice of Haitian conscience and had made the promotion of Konbitisme her hobby.”

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.