Fabienne Doucet Discusses Haiti Earthquake and Challenges to Haiti’s Education System

Assistant professor of education Fabienne Doucet recently sat down with us to discuss the devastating earthquake in Haiti, her native home. Migrating to the U.S. when she was ten, Doucet still has many close family members in Port-au-Prince, all of whom—fortunately—survived the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12.

With an education system that was marked by huge inequities prior to the quake, Haiti now faces even greater challenges in the months and years to come, as it tries to rebuild its schools and its infrastructure.

As the international community responds to the crisis, Doucet says, “I hope that people will think both short-term, what they can do to provide immediate assistance,  and long-term, what can they contribute in the months and years to come, in terms of their own talents and abilities and gifts and skills, to the rebuilding effort.”

The audio slide show below features photographs taken by Doucet on her most recent personal trip to Haiti in 2004. Among the many striking photographs is an image of Haiti’s beautiful national palace, here still intact, but which was severely damaged in the quake.

For a message from NYU President John Sexton on the University’s response to the crisis in Haiti, as well as information about making a donation to the humanitarian effort, click here.