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Haiti: The legacy of Fernande Valme

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Haiti: The legacy of Fernande Valme

Known during her lifetime for her tenacity, her enlightened vision and her exceptional courage, Fernande Valmé who could barely read leaves a great legacy to the people of Source Corossol, a town of Leogane. Fernande Valmé The complex, spread over an area of three squares and a half, includes an elementary school and nursery twelve classrooms. Part of the life of the Haitian philanthropist.

Fernande Valmé experienced great hardship during her childhood and womanhood. The mother who could barely read practically raised her seven children alone after being abandoned by her husband some eleven years after their marriage. All these tests have not prevented this model of courage to leave to posterity her foundation that advocates for the education of the needy. Fernande Valmé The complex, built stone by stone on the side of a mountain, has just opened a building dedicated to teaching fundamental source Corossol in section Palmiste-à-vin, Leogane. This is a sharp contrast that the philanthropist has taken on the system of exclusion.

Born July 24, 1924 at Leogane, Ms. Valmé established herself in New York in 1971. Always with enthusiasm for her philanthropic work and prayer sessions, the dynamic Fernande obtained a personal donation of U.S. $ 10 000. She returned to Haiti and said the acquisition of land for three and a half tiles in 2007. After this acquisition, the woman whose determination is matched only by her faith in God, laid the foundation stone of the book without even knowing where it come from funds required for the realization of such an important project includes a hospital, a temple, a nursing school and an elementary school and work. Despite her intellectual limitations, Fernande, who has never renounced her Haitian nationality seen far and wide, always to the benefit of her community. She expressed herself in her way: "Let my right hand forget me if I forget Haiti."

At the age of 20 she met and married Hyppolite Valmé; him she had seven children: Mireille, Suze, Myrlande, Gerald, Yonel, Rode and Kitty. After eleven years together, Mr. Valmé abandoned his wife who had to raise her seven children alone. It is well received since today, some of them are either doctor, engineer, nurse, secretary or teacher. Before leaving for her eternal home May 19, 2008, she was privileged to have 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Above all, she was able to convey her ideals her descendants who give themselves body and soul to perpetuate the memory of this woman who has dedicated her life to the cause of others. As the son and daughters of Fernande did not skimp on ways to complete the work begun by their mother.

From the top of a mountain, the resort Fernande Valmé gives a superb view of the sea in the region of Palms and the National Highway number one. This environment puts the student in the best disposition to learn. In the first kilometer of the Route de l'Amitié, which connects Leogane Jacmel, the school inaugurated last November 18 has undergone a transformation in three steps from the cottage of 15 square meters to the cover sheet to the spacious building Concrete filled with modern conveniences of today.


Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
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