Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Good News from Haiti

Father Joseph Philippe, founder of Fonkoze (The Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation, Haiti’s largest microcredit organization) will discuss the current situation in Haiti on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, 40 North Main Avenue in Albany (between Western & Washington avenues).

Fr. Philippe does not see his fellow-Haitians as ‘the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere,’ but as untapped potential for economic and human development, and the capacity to transform their society if the playing field is leveled.

He also is the organizer of the Association of Peasants of Fondwa, which has brought many benefits to their community; and founder of the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural university, committed to improving the lives of Haiti’s peasant majority, so that farmers won’t need to migrate to cities in search of jobs.

The talk is sponsored by the Commission on Peace and Justice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. For more information, please call 453-6695.