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The young Haitian people have set the objectives and the way of functioning

 

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REMAR has become an Haitian youth movement

28/10/2005: Haiti

The Remar group, which started in Colombia in 1979, rapidly expanded across Latin America and Central America, notably in Guatemala. Gusnard and Frisnel, young Haitian brothers, wanted to implant the movement in Haiti after their university and religious studies in Guatemala. They particularly thought of Latibolière and at Dame-Marie (Grand-Anse).
In fact, on the 11th January 2004 about ten young people sat down together at Latibolière to set the objectives and the way of functioning of this Christian group under the direction of Brother Gusnard.
After having planned and studied the structure and demands of the group, they set the weekly meetings (Sunday after the parish Mass). From there, they started by choosing a nucleus at the heart of the group to constitute the group of leaders, being inspired by the spirit of Father Champagnat to open their eyes on the needs of the neighbourhood.
Firstly, they started with pastoral work by visiting sick people. The young people integrated into the group have been very touched by the economic situation of the people of the country. There are also some socio-cultural activities such as:
• the animation of the neighbourhood,
• the occasional organisation of a party for the young people,
• the organisation of Mothers’ Day celebrations,
• the organisation of sporting activities.

All of this is to animate young people. Each Saturday, about ten young people arm themselves with pics, machetes, wheelbarrows and buckets and set about repairing the sections of the road which are in bad repair. The Remar group is a group that not only makes suggestions but also which acts according to its capabilities. They deserve our encouragement especially from those who use the road, the parishioners and the Marists.

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