Scouts d'Haïti

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Scouts d'Haïti
Association Nationale des Scouts d'Haïti.svg
Founded 1940
Membership 43,618
President Joseph Emmanuel SAINT AMOUR
General Commissioner Nicolas CLERVIL
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
scoutsdhaiti.org
Scouting portal

The Association Nationale des Scouts d'Haïti (ANSH, National Association of the Scouts of Haiti; in Haitian Creole Asosyasyon nasyonal eskout dayiti) is the national Scouting organisation of Haiti. Scouting in Haiti started in 1916 and became a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1932 and again in 1940. The coeducational association has 43,618 members (as of 2011).[1]

The Scout Motto is Sois Prêt (Be Prepared) in French.

Programs[edit]

Besides the traditional Scouting program, the ANSH is engaged in the development of the country. Fields of work are

  • fighting illiteracy
  • reforestation
  • environmental protection
  • evening-schools
  • international exchanges
  • services to the community
  • AIDS prevention

Age groups[edit]

The association is divided in three age-groups:

  • Lovetaux - Cub Scouts (ages 8 to 11)
  • Scouts (ages 11 to 17)
  • Rovers or Routiers (ages 17 to 22)

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

The first Scout groups in Haiti began their work in 1916 and formed an association in 1926. In 1932, this association became a member of WOSM, but membership was cancelled in 1939. In 1940, a new association, the Association Nationale des Scouts d'Haïti, was created and was recognized by WOSM that same year. In 1962, Haiti became the first country to issue a postage stamp featuring Lady Baden-Powell.[2]

2004 Hurricane Jeanne[edit]

After Hurricane Jeanne in 2004, the association helped with the reconstruction of Gonaïves. They were supported through donations by the worldwide community of Scouts, especially by the Scouts de France.[citation needed]

2010 Haiti earthquake response[edit]

On January 13, 2010, the Asociacion de Scouts Dominicanos organized Scout Solidarity with Haiti to support Scouts d'Haïti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[3]

The Asociacion de Scouts Dominicanos have made several deliveries of food, water, tents and tools for the Scouts of Haiti, to support its operations; it is the only tangible aid has been delivered to the Scouts of Haiti from any Scout organization. They are promoting international support for operations of the Scouts of Haiti.

On January 15, 2010 the World Organization of the Scout Movement organized Solidarity with Haiti to support Scouts d'Haïti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[4]

The World Scout Bureau has been successful in contacting the representatives of the Scouts d'Haïti. Hundreds of Scouts visited the association's president, Gerard-Marie Tardieu, regularly, either to offer their assistance or to accept rescue missions.[5]

The Scouts of Jacmel have helped the firefighters to find and rescue those trapped under rubble,[citation needed] and in the distribution of food and water to the victims.[6]

The Scouts of Léogâne have helped in the distribution of food and water.[7]

The Scouts of Saint-Marc have put in place a makeshift clinic that provides primary care to the injured coming from Port-au-Prince.[citation needed]

The Scouts of the Saint-Georges and Caleb groups have helped over 2000 to reach the borders of the Dominican Republic in their personal cars so that the wounded may be treated. Through local committees, the two groups have been able to provide many with food and shelter in their own homes.[citation needed]

The Scouts of the Gideon de Carrefour group have pulled out about 300 cadavers from under the debris and saved about 725, have fabricated coffins for the dozen Scouts who died, and they have dug a communal trench to bury 150 of the dead.[citation needed]

A mission for the evaluation of the International Scout Aid left Paris to assess and readapt the plan of action designed to the needs of the situation. The mission consists of a volunteer member of the Scouts et Guides de France, a journalist from the French magazine La Vie, and will be supported by the representative of the Movimiento Scout Católico of Spain. WOSM is also in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and UNICEF.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  2. ^ Larson, Keith. "Olave Baden-Powell, Chief Girl Guide". Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  3. ^ Scouts, "Scout Solidarity with Haiti", 13 January 2010
  4. ^ Scouts, "Solidarity with Haiti : Call for international donations", 14 January 2010
  5. ^ Scouts, "Haitian Scouts in action. The scout alliance prepares." 18 January 2010
  6. ^ Chronicle Herald, "It’s home, at least for now", Stephen Maher, 25 January 2010 (accessed 25 January 2010)
  7. ^ Huffington Post, "It's the Haitians who Will Rebuild Their Country", Patrick Solomon, 27 January 2010 (accessed 28 January 2010)
  8. ^ http://www.sgdf.fr/Les-ministeres-de-l-eduction-et-de
  • World Scout Bureau (1979), Scouting 'Round the World. 1979 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (1990), Scoutin 'Round the World. 1990 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0

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