Invited by Haven to Ireland for Haiti Week 2016, Haitian priest Father Joseph Philippe spoke of his work and experiences in a compelling interview on Newstalk FM today.
“I’m trying to empower the poor to transform their lives, to teach them to give back”, he explained.
The interview comes ahead of the European premiere of “Father Joseph”, a feature documentary about sustainable economic development and educational opportunities in Haiti, hosted by Haven in partnership with UCD Volunteers Overseas in UCD Cinema tonight.
A Haiti native, Father Joseph Philippe established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank for the poor (Fonkoze), founded a 700-student school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic and a radio station. He also built dozens of homes, and created Haiti’s first rural college. The 2010 Haiti earthquake destroyed most of Father Joseph’s important work, and, since then, he has devoted his life to rebuilding Haiti with a moving vision and determination. The documentary chronicles Father Joseph’s truly inspirational journey.
Irs director, Jeff Kaufman, and producer, Marcia Ross, will also join us at this screening, which forms an integral part of Haiti Week 2016.
You can listen to Father Joseph’s interview on Newstalk FM below.