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Early this year, Mike Sullivan, President of Schlesinger Group selected seven employees from [their] international team to accompany him on a 4-day service trip to Haiti to support The Joseph School.
[Their] team joined representatives from other marketing research companies on the trip organized by The Marketing Research Education Foundation(MREF). The mission of the MREF is to unify, inspire and activate the marketing research community to focus its collective resources to educate children and youth worldwide. MREF is sponsoring the incoming class of first graders (pictured below) at The Joseph School to help provide meals, school supplies and uniforms to the school.
[Their] objective was to learn first-hand about education in Haiti and at The Joseph School and the struggles many students face with malnutrition and poverty. 50% of Haitian children do not get the opportunity to attend school, so showing international support is crucial to inspiring students to complete their education.
Visiting the school gave [them] a window into the daily routine of the students. [They] were inspired by the positivity of the children and the empowering messages the teachers convey to their students; “You need Haiti and Haiti needs you.” The school is not a ticket out of Haiti, but rather a foundation for the future of Haiti. It is creating a network of problem solvers equipped to tackle the biggest issues facing this country.
The MREF group got hands-on, assisting in laying a foundation for a new home for a school employee. As a team, they achieved in three hours what would have the few local laborers three days to achieve.
Commenting on his experience, Michael Korybski, Recruiting Manager, said “This trip was life-changing for me. I strongly encourage industry colleagues to join the next visit or to get involved with the MREF in other ways. You won’t regret it.”
Kim Johanson, Vice President, Client Solutions added “This trip allowed me to meet like-minded colleagues within the industry. And, more importantly, I saw what it meant to give hope to people who face more adversity on a daily basis than most of us will in a lifetime. I traveled home making a personal commitment: to return, often, to a project that is just as sustainable as the hope of its people.”
Schlesinger Group wishes to thank the MREF and, in particular, Jim Bryson, for this opportunity to come together with our industry colleagues for such a worthwhile cause.