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A Chattanooga Nonprofit On Deepening Desperation In Haiti

An illustrated map of Haiti.
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An illustrated map of Haiti.

The Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti - a nonprofit based here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley - helps women and families to break the cycle of malnutrition in a remote, mountainous area of southern Haiti.

The staff on the ground - in the Leogane region - is 97 percent Haitian.

Since the summer, their work has been disrupted by shock after shock for the Caribbean nation: the assassination of Haiti’s President, an earthquake, a tropical storm - and now, economic and political crises with mounting violence: gangs, kidnappings and fuel shortages.

Last week, Dr. Anany Prosper - CNP’s Country Director - and Patricia Cyr Watlington, the program’s executive director - visited our studio here at WUTC.

This evening (Mon 11/08), Dr. Prosper will participate in a panel discussion about Haiti’s history and health on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

It starts at 5:15 PM in the Signal Mountain Room, on the third floor of the University Center here at UTC.

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